Amnon Buchbinder is a director, screenwriter, teacher, author, and story editor. He has directed two feature films. The Fishing Trip (1998), which he also produced, was written by a student in one of his screenwriting courses at York University, and made with a crew comprised of a mixture of professionals and students. The first Canadian film to be theatrically released by Mongrel Media, it was nominated for 3 Genie awards, winning one. Whole New Thing (2005) was co-written by AB with Daniel MacIvor, and produced by Camelia Frieberg. It screened at over 100 international film festivals, winning a dozen best-film awards, was acquired by ThinkFilm and distributed theatrically in Canada, the U.S., and Europe. Previously he made a number of short films, encompassing narrative and experimental approaches, and extending to performing arts adaptations and documentaries. Working in the Canadian film industry he has written and rewritten numerous screenplays, some for hire and others self-produced. His book, The Way of the Screenwriter, considering the craft of screenwriting from the perspective of the philosophy of Laozi, was published in 2005 by House of Anansi Press. It has been acclaimed by professionals and students alike as a uniquely inspiring and rigorously useful approach to the craft of screenwriting. AB has worked with writers, directors and producers across Canada as a feature film story editor, and taught professional screenwriting workshops in a dozen countries. He is Chair of the oldest and most diverse University film department in Canada, in the Faculty of Fine Arts at York University, where he is an Associate Professor. Previously, he served as a curator and film programmer for organizations including the Pacific Cinematheque, the Vancouver International Film Festival, and the Toronto International Film Festival, and has consulted on program policy and curriculum development for educational institutions, arts bodies, and film organizations. He completed a directing residency at the Canadian Film Centre in 1992. AB holds a BFA and MFA in film from the California Institute of the Arts, where his mentor was the late Dr. Don Levy, whose feature film Herostratus (1967) underwent a digital restoration in 2009 by the British Film Institute under AB’s creative supervision.

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