Sudz Sutherland works on both sides of the fence as a freelance writer and director for Dramas and Documentaries. Sudz’ sophomore feature film ‘Home Again’, currently in production and slated for a fall 2012 release, is the follow up to his multiple award-winning and Genie nominated debut feature film ‘Love, Sex and Eating the Bones.’ He is currently developing two other feature films, ‘Colourblind’ and ‘Operation Red Dog’.
Sudz is also in post-production on ‘She’s the Mayor’, his first television series co-created with Jennifer Holness and Min Sook Lee. Airing on VisionTV in March 2011, this half hour comedy stars Colin Mochrie, Janet Laine-Greene and Tonya Lee Williams.
Previous to this, Sudz was involved with the feature film ‘Toronto Stories’, an anthology in conjunction with 3 other directors and was invited to TIFF for September 2008. On the TV side, he also completed the dramatic miniseries ‘Guns’ for CBC based on four families caught up in illegal gun trafficking. Starring Colm Feore and Elisha Cuthbert, ‘Guns’ aired on Labour Day weekend September 2009. Sudz also wrote and directed the triple Gemini award-winning (Best Direction, Best Supporting actress, Best Television Movie) ‘Doomstown’, an MOW for CTV/Sarrazin-Couture.
Sudz has written for various TV shows including, ‘Da’ Kink in My Hair,’ (Global) and ‘Degrassi: The Next Generation’ (CTV), ‘JOZI-H’ (CBC), ‘Blue Murder’ (Global), and he was a Story Editor on the Nickelodeon/YTV series ‘Caitlin’s Way’. He also wrote the pilot episode for Back Alley’s series ‘Drop The Beat’, which triggered an order for the first season and resulted in a Gemini nomination for Best Dramatic Writing category for his work on the series.
Sudz’ episodic television directing work includes Heartland and Wild Roses for CBC, the pilot and second episode of ‘Da Kink in my Hair’ for Global, ‘Degrassi: The Next Generation’ for CTV, ‘The Famous Jett Jackson’ for Disney, ‘Drop the Beat’ for CBC, ‘Skin Deep III’ for Life Network, ‘Tell It Like It Is’ for W Network, ‘Brand New Life’ for NFB/YTV and ‘Canadian Geographic for Kids’ for TVO.
Sudz’s powerful half-hour dramatic debut, ‘My Father’s Hands’ screened at The Toronto’s International Film Festival. It had its Canadian television premiere on CBC and went on to win prizes in Canada at the 2000 Yorkton Film Festival (4 awards including best drama, script, direction and best actor), and internationally, including the $20,000 HBO Short Film Award at the Acapulco Black Film festival. The film was also nominated for a Gemini Award for Best Short. In addition, Sudz co-directed the National Film Board’s documentary film, ‘Speakers for the Dead’.
Jennifer is a writer and producer with numerous award-winning films and television programs to her credit. Her latest feature film project, Home Again, is Sudz Sutherland’s sophomore feature that is in post-production and slated for a 2013 wide release. Also in development with Telefilm are two comedy features, Operation Red Dog: Bayou of Pigs and Colour Blind.
Jennifer is also producing a new feature documentary called The Numbers Game, which looks into the world of math education as well as her first iOS app The Music Biz scheduled to be released in 2012.
On the TV side, Jennifer co-created the thirteen-part half-hour comedy series She’s The Mayor currently airing on VisionTV. She’s The Mayor tells the story of sixty-something political neophyte, Iris Peters, who unexpectedly becomes the Mayor of a crumbling steel city.
Her two-part miniseries, Guns which stars Elisha Cuthbert and Colm Feore aired on CBC in September 2009, and won five of nine Gemini nominations including best writing and directing. Jen’s documentary Badge of Pride – about gay cops with award-winning filmmaker Min Sook Lee, aired on CBC’s The Passionate Eye and PBS. Jen has also produced the environmental documentary Brick by Brick with Genie award-winning filmmaker Catherine Annau which aired on OMNI TV & won the Heritage Toronto Award for Excellence.
Jennifer is currently co-writing the pilot Trust, a one-hour drama series for CBC about a family law practice. She has also developed the thirteen-part mini-series Common Law for CTV along with a one-hour documentary, The Sexpat.
Her feature film, Love, Sex & Eating The Bones won 9 festival awards internationally including the City TV prize for Best First Feature at the 2003 Toronto International Film Festival. The Film was voted one of the Top Ten Films of 2003 and won the Blockbuster Audience Award for Best Feature at the American Black Film Festival in Miami. Love, Sex & Eating the Bones was released theatrically in Canada in March 2004. The film also received 3 Genie nominations – Best Picture, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay for the 2004 Genie Awards.
Jennifer’s other documentary films include: Dolores: The Art of Art Modeling and on/black/stage/women, for BRAVO; Yin Yin/Jade Love, which aired on TVO won the award for Best Canadian Film at the 2003 ReelWorld Film Festival and Speakers for the Dead, which she co-directed for the National Film Board that won Best Documentary at the 2000 Reel Black Film Awards and aired on VisionTV and CBC Rough Cuts. In 2001, She line-produced the six-part documentary series Skin Deep II, which won a Gemini for Best Lifestyle Series. She also directed 2 episodes of the series, one of which won the 2002 BFVN award for Best New Documentary.
Also of note is her short film My Father’s Hands which premiered at the 1999 Toronto International Film Festival, won the HBO Award for Best Short Film airing on that network, it was also nominated for a 2000 Gemini Award for best Short Film and won four awards at Yorkton for Best Drama, Best Script, Best Director and Best Actor (Ardon Bess).
Jennifer is a 1999 Producer’s Lab graduate at the Canadian Film Centre where she produced the quirky dark comedy Chez Amore.
On her down time Jennifer chases after her three delightful girls.
Although new to the Entertainment Industry Jennifer has long had an interest and passion for it. After graduating from Carleton University with a BA in Criminology and a BA in Psychology instead of pursuing the legal career she had always planned on she decided to get involved with an organization where she would make a difference. For the last three years she worked at the Toronto Humane Society, an organization dedicated to the welfare of companion animals, and was integral to their rebirth as an organization helping reform and coordinate both their Foster and Volunteer Programs.
Jennifer is excited and honored to become a member of the Hungry Eyes family and looks forward to learning everything she can about the fascinating and compelling world of film and television.