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“Take This Waltz” is produced by Sarah Polley and Susan Cavan. “Sarah found me in 2009 and showed me the script. This was exactly the kind of material I wanted to be doing,” said Cavan, a veteran in the industry. “It’s provocative, unique, and humorous in places, sad in places, and complicated.”
For Cavan, her priority as producer was to provide a safe space within which Sarah and her actors could work. “The best realized movies, especially for auteur filmmakers like Sarah, benefit most from an absence of interference, crisis and chaos. This is an intimate movie, very nuanced with an emotional underpinning to it. To be able to deliver this successfully, the production was structured with a handpicked, first class crew who had a like‐minded approach to the project. Sarah is an enormously talented, perceptive director who is both completely unafraid to explore things that on the surface appear simple. This pertains to both “Away From Her” and “Take This Waltz.” She is very clear in what she wants, possibly one of the clearest communicators I’ve ever met.”
Sarah Polley (Writer, Director, Producer) has been writing and directing in Canada since 1999 when she made her directorial debut with short films. She wrote, directed and produced, “Don’t Think Twice,” starring Tom McCamus and Jennifer Podemski and then “The Best Day of My Life.” In 2001, she wrote, directed and co‐produced, “I Shout Love,” starring Kristen Thomson, who won an Actra Award for her performance in the short. The film also won a 2003 Genie Award for Best Live Action Short Drama. In 2002, Sarah wrote and directed “The Harp,” one of the episodes of “The Shields Stories” for television.
In 2007, Sarah wrote and directed “Away From Her,” starring Julie Christie, Gordon Pinsent, and Olympia Dukakis, adapted from the Alice Munro short story “The Bear Came Over the Mountain.” In addition to two Academy Award nominations (Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Actress), “Away From Her” garnered a long list of awards.
Susan Cavan (Producer) is one of Canada’s leading independent film and television producers. She has developed, packaged and produced over one hundred million dollars of critically acclaimed and commercially successful film and television. She is passionately committed to producing material with an original creative point of view. Cavan has been a longtime collaborator of Bruce McCulloch’s (“Kids in the Hall”), and has produced all of his feature films as a director. Their shared projects include the CBC/IFC commercial and critical hit mini‐series “Kids in the Hall: Death Comes to Town;” “Comeback Season” starring Ray Liotta, and “Stealing Harvard,” a comedy for Imagine Entertainment and Revolution Studios starring Jason Lee and Tom Green, and released by Sony Pictures. Cavan also acted as Executive Producer for Lorne Michaels and Paramount Pictures on the feature film “Superstar” starring Molly Shannon and Will Ferrell.
Cavan’s other credits include “Citizen Duane,” a comedy written by Jonathan Sobol and starring Doug Smith, Donal Logue and Vivica A. Fox; Peter Wellington’s Sundance Festival film “Joe’s So Mean to Josephine” starring Sarah Polley; and “Mesmer,” co‐executive produced with David Bowie and staring Alan Rickman. Television credits include Gemini winner “Waking Up Wally: The Walter Gretzky Story” starring Tom McCamus; critically acclaimed “Dead Aviators” a cable feature for CBC, Showtime and Hallmark and the Gemini award‐winning series and cult hit “Twitch City” written by and starring Don McKellar and directed by Bruce McDonald, broadcast on Bravo in the US. Cavan was previously a founding partner and President of Alliance Communications, and a Vice President of Business and Legal Affairs for Cineplex Corporation prior to founding her own independent production company, Accent Entertainment, in 1990.
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