National Directors Division (NDD)
The NDD is responsible for making recommendations to the National Executive Board (NEB) on policy issues that affect directors nationally and internationally.
The cornerstone of the NDD mandate is to ensure that directors, along with screenwriters, are properly recognized as authors of the audio-visual work. These lobbying efforts are undertaken both on the Canadian and international stages. Flowing from that recognition comes all the working conditions (both creative and economic) that are found in the collective agreements.
The National Directors Division Representatives are:
CHAIR & ONTARIO
Warren P. Sonoda is one of Canada’s busiest, in-demand and prolific filmmakers having completed his 10th feature film and 54th episode of TV. He’s also one of the most accomplished and influential Canadian music video directors with over 160 music videos directed and more than 250 edited. His talent has recently been acknowledged with a 2017 Emmy Nomination for Best Direction of the PBS series Odd Squad. Warren has become one of Canada’s most versatile feature filmmakers, having directed drama, family, action and fantasy movies including the cult-classic horror film 5ive Girls starring Ron Perlman (Hellboy). He’s also become one of the country’s top go-to comedy directors having directed Swearnet: The Movie, Coopers’ Christmas,Todd & The Book of Pure Evil, 8 episodes of the beloved Trailer Park Boys for Netflix Originals and the iconic sketch comedy show This Hour Has 22 Minutes for the CBC. Along with his 2017 Emmy nomination, he has been nominated for over 40 national and international awards, winning 4 MuchMusic Awards, 15 CCMA nominations, including wins for Director and Music Video of the Year, won the 2015 Best Picture Award at the ICFF for his action-wrestling drama The Masked Saint and was nominated for the 2015 DGC Award for Best Comedy Series for Trailer Park Boys. In 2014, Warren received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for his outstanding contributions to the Canadian film industry and also got inducted into the Guinness Book of World Records when Swearnet: The Movie knocked Martin Scorsese’s Wolf of Wall Street out for most expletives in a film. He currently sits as the Chair of the Board of Directors for the Canadian Film Fest in Toronto, is on the advisory board of Women In View x2 More, has been re-elected as DGC Ontario’s Director’s Caucus Representative (2015-2018) and has recently been elected as the Chair of the DGC National Directors Division.
Roy has worked in many categories of film production, including directing various episodes of television drama, producing and directing over 20 docu-dramas and documentaries. Roy also has produced and directed over 125 national and local commercials. In addition, he has integrated many film productions into large multimedia presentations to world fairs and public exhibits shown around the world.
Born and educated in England, he immigrated to Canada and worked in theatre with the Vancouver Theatre association and the Vancouver Opera association for several years while studying acting, stage and business management. He returned to England and studied at the renowned London Film School for two years. After graduating, BBC offered him an appointment with their editing department. Upon returning to Canada he joined a major television station’s film department where he produced, directed, shot and edited documentaries, public service spots, and commercials. After six years he started his own business directing; commercials, television drama, multimedia shows, and drama documentaries.
Randy Bradshaw is a Gemini-winning Director and a founding partner of Alberta Filmworks and Bradshaw MacLeod and Associates. Randy studied at the Vancouver School of Art (now Emily Carr University of Art + Design), before taking Broadcasting & Communications at SAIT in Calgary. Probe, his directorial debut, was recognized with several awards and led to a job directing and producing educational programs for Access network. In 1980 Bradshaw and long-time friend Doug MacLeod created Bradshaw MacLeod and Associates to develop dramatic projects.
After completing two short dramas for PBS in the US, Bradshaw was selected for the CBC’s Directors Training Program, where he was taught multi-camera dramatic production by renowned British television directors Leonard Chase and Hugh David.
He spent the 80s living in Toronto, directing episodic tv series: The Campbells, Adderley, Street Legal, ENG, 21 Jumpstreet, Mom P.I. and Night Heat. In 1991, Bradshaw moved back to Alberta, revived Bradshaw MacLeod and has been directing and developing since.
John Houston’s childhood in the Canadian Arctic, immersed in Inuit culture, gave him a deep appreciation for the themes he explores in his work. With 25 years as a 1st Assistant Director for his apprenticeship, John started filming his own stories in 1998 with Songs in Stone, a one-hour documentary about the collaboration between his parents, James and Alma Houston, and the Inuit of Cape Dorset. His Arctic trilogy continued with a quest for the ancient Inuit deity, Nuliajuk: Mother of the Sea Beasts, and was capped by Diet of Souls, a look inside the mind of the Inuit hunter. Kiviuq, a performing arts special, revived the ancient Inuit shaman/hero whose story missionaries strove to eradicate. Next, he made James Houston: The Most Interesting Group of People you’ll ever Meet, a celebration of his father’s life. Most recently he adapted his father’s children’s book, The White Archer into a movie for television.
All of John’s films have won multiple domestic and international awards. For outstanding service to the membership of the Directors Guild of Canada, John was the 2012 recipient of the Don Haldane Distinguished Service Award.
Norma Bailey is an award-winning Canadian film Director. Her career in film began sweeping the floors of movie sets in the 1970s. By 2008, the Winnipeg Film Group was honouring Bailey for three decades of achievement in television series, television movies, fictional and documentary shorts, as well as four feature films. The Directors Guild of Canada recognized her as the 2009 Best Director of a Television Movie or Mini-Series for her work on The Capture of the Green River Killer. In 2010 she was named to the Order of Manitoba. Selected movie and TV projects over the years have included: Daughters of the Country, Bordertown Cafe, Nights Below Station Street, Cowboys and Indians: The J.J.Harper Story, The Sheldon Kennedy Story and the Falcon Beach series.
Norma has served for many years on the board of the Directors Rights Collective of Canada, as well as the National Directors Division of the DGC.
Tristan was born in Switzerland in 1975. He moved to Quebec in 1984 with his family. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Film Studies, Tristan decided to study the art of acting to become a better Director. In 2000, freshly out of the Montreal Academy of Dramatic Arts, Tristan landed a leading role in one of Quebec’s most popular television series, Tribu.com. In 2005, he was accepted as one of twenty-nine directors to attend the American Film Institute Conservatory in Hollywood. Tristan directed many feature films, short films, music videos and commercials ads.
For Tristan, cinema is a vital source of motivation, his own pivotal life project. Embracing the art of cinema has become a defining purpose in his life.
Lowell Dean is a Canadian filmmaker with a talent for the twisted. He wrote and directed the horror comedy Wolfcop, which achieved cult status and was named Canadian movie of the year by the National Post after its release in theatres. Following that success, the sequel Wolfcop 2 has gone into production with Lowell again at the helm and is slated for release in 2016.
Other credits include directing the zombie film 13Eerie, starring Katharine Isabelle for Don Carmody Productions and Minds Eye Entertainment, and the children’s television series Hi Opie! for Marble Media and The Jim Henson Company.