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Mark Ellam



Cinematographer Mark Ellam’s work has featured in a number of award winning films for both cinema and television. His theatrical work as a cinematographer has screened in over 40 countries and aired internationally on National Geographic, TV5, Channel 4, SBS, History Television, Tele5 Espana, Dutch A1 and at home in Canada on the CBC, RDI, CTV, TVO, SCN, Bravo, Showcase and the Doc Channel.

Highlights include THE TAKE – directed by Avi Lewis and written by Naomi Klein (AFI – best feature documentary), BIG SUGAR – going undercover to shoot Haitian plantation workers under conditions of slavery (Prix Gemeaux, Golden Sheaf Award best documentary), EMPZ 4 LIFE (Allan King’s new film on Black youth in a high-risk Toronto community (nominated for both Best Cinematography and the Donald Brittain Award at the 2007 Geminis), A PROMISE TO THE DEAD (Peter Raymont’s film short-listed for a 2008 Academy Award) and SECURE FREEDOM (Alexandre Trudeau’s CTV doc about Canada’s stance on the War on Terror).

Recent large-scale recreations include Brian McKenna’s THE GREAT WAR, an epic period docu-drama for the CBC, and Bill Cobban’s MEDAK POCKET, a re-creation of Canada’s peacekeeping battles in Croatia – a film which the director of documentary production at History TV hailed as “the new standard by which the network will rate its recreations”.

Currently, Mark is the cinematographer and associate director on THE BASEMENT TAPES: THE FIRST OPEN SOURCE DOCUMENTARY in production for theatrical release by the National Film Board of Canada and Eyesteelfilm.