Vincent GeorgieVincent Georgie, a marketing instructor and executive director of the Windsor International Film Festival, recalls the contributions of late director Norman Jewison.

Faculty member looks back at Canadian filmmaker’s career

A faculty member in the Odette School of Business has published an article looking back at the extraordinary career of Norman Jewison — highlighting his personal experience with the famed director.

In his piece for the Conversation, “A Look Back at Norman Jewison’s Stellar Directing Career and Commitment to Canadian Filmmakers,” Vincent Georgie discussed his ties to the Academy Award-nominated director, who died Jan. 20 at the age of 97.

Jewison, a Toronto local, was a champion of Canadian film and filmmakers with the establishment of the Canadian Film Centre, what Dr. Georgie calls a now “iconic and sought-after” residence that fosters and educates emerging and established filmmakers.

According to Georgie’s article, the director of films including Moonstruck, The Hurricane, and Fiddler on the Roof, had a cottage in Ontario and was neighbours to supporters of the Windsor International Film Festival, where Georgie is executive director.

He said this led to many conversations he and the Jewison had before he agreed to make his way down to check out the local talents in 2014 for the 10th anniversary of the film festival.

While in Windsor, Georgie said, Jewison shared stories of actors Sidney Poitier, Cher, and Nicolas Cage over a private dinner in Little Italy. Click here to read Georgie’s full article.

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