Michael Dowse

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Michael Dowse
Born (1973-04-19) April 19, 1973 (age 45)
ResidenceMontreal, Quebec

Michael Dowse (born April 19, 1973) is a Canadian film director.

Life and career[edit]

Born in London, Ontario, to Irish parents, he was trained as a film editor. His first full-length movie, FUBAR was shot on a digital camera with a tiny budget, but was selected by the Sundance Film Festival and screened on the prestigious midnight slot, which had launched the revolutionary film The Blair Witch Project. Though it failed to get picked up by any major American theatrical distributors, FUBAR subsequently became a cult hit in Canada. Following the success of FUBAR, Dowse went on to direct the higher-budget British film It's All Gone Pete Tong, the story of a deaf DJ in Ibiza.

Dowse's next production, the 1980s retro comedy Take Me Home Tonight, started shooting in Phoenix, Arizona on the week beginning 19 February 2007, and was released to theaters on March 4, 2011.[1]

Most recently he's directed What If, starring Daniel Radcliffe, Zoe Kazan, and Adam Driver - the film was shot and is based in Toronto, Canada.

Dowse is an alumnus of the University of Calgary's television program, NUTV.

He currently resides in Montreal with his wife and child.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Film Credited as Notes
Director Writer Producer Other
1999 Bad Money No No No Editor
2000 237 Yes Yes No No Short film
waydowntown No No No Assistant editor
2001 Mile Zero No No No Assistant editor
2002 FUBAR Yes Yes Yes Cinematographer
Editor
Looking for Leonard No No No Editor
2004 It's All Gone Pete Tong Yes Yes No No
2009 You Might as Well Live No No No Executive producer
2010 Fubar 2 Yes Yes Yes Editor Also known as FUBAR: Balls to the Wall or FUBAR: Gods of Blunder
2011 Take Me Home Tonight Yes No No No
Goon Yes No No N/A
2013 The F Word Yes No No Executive producer Also released as What If?
The Grand Seduction No Yes No No
2017 Robot Bullies Yes No No No Short film
2019 Stuber Yes No No No

Television[edit]

Year Series Credited as Notes
Director Writer Producer Other
2009 The Foundation Yes Yes Yes Creator Produced one episode
2016-2017 Man Seeking Woman Yes Yes No No Directed 6 epsiodes
Produced 10 episodes
2017 Preacher Yes No No No Season 2 episode 9: "Puzzle Piece"
Fubar Age of Computer Yes Yes No Creator
Executive producer
Composed opening theme
Future Man Yes No No No Season 1 episodes 12 and 13: "Prelude to an Apocalypse" and "A Date with Destiny"

Music videos[edit]

Year Song Artist Credited as
Director Producer Writer
1998 "Chupacabras" Chixdiggit Yes No No
2000 "Slow Descent into Alcoholism" The New Pornographers Yes No No
"Letter from an Occupant" Yes No No
2003 "Your Daddy Don't Know Yes No No
"The Kid Is Hot Tonight" Chixdiggit Yes No No
"In the Mood" Sloan Yes No No
"FUBAR Is a Super Rocker" Thor Yes No No
N/A "Diamond Head" The New Pornographers Yes No No

Awards and nominations[edit]

Russell Peters awards and nominations
Wins 4
Nominations 17
Year Nominated work Award Category Result
2003 FUBAR Genie Awards Best Achievement in Editing Nominated
2004 It's All Gone Pete Tong Toronto International Film Festival Awards Best Canadian Film Won
2005 Gen Art Film Festival Awards Audience Award - Best Feature Won
Best Feature Won
US Comedy Arts Festival Awards Film Discovery Jury Award - Best Feature Won
2006 Genie Awards Best Achievement in Direction Nominated
Best Original Screenplay Nominated
2010 FUBAR 2 Toronto International Film Festival Awards People's Choice Award: Midnight Madness Nominated
2011 SXSW Film Festival Awards Audience Award - Spotlight Premiere Nominated
2012 Goon Directors Guild of Canada Awards Outstanding Directorial Achievement in a Feature Film Nominated
2012 Toronto Film Critics Association Awards Rogers Best Canadian Film Award Nominated
2012 Canadian Screen Awards Best Director Nominated
2014 The Grand Seduction Best Adapted Screenplay Nominated
The F Word Best Director Nominated
2014 Directors Guild of Canada Awards Best Direction in a Feature Film Nominated
Best Feature Film Nominated
Toronto Film Critics Association Awards Rogers Best Canadian Film Award Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ Faris, Fogler "Kids" again in comedy film Archived 2007-02-23 at the Wayback Machine. Reuters, February 8, 2007.

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