David Mortin formed Enigmatico Films in 1993 with his wife, Patricia Fogliato. Mad Ship is their first dramatic feature production, which they co-wrote and David directed.
Previously, David co-wrote, co-produced and directed Black Widow (2005), a macabre film noir musical starring singers Sarah Slean, Martin Tielli, Mary Margaret O’Hara, and actors Tom McCamus and Julian Richings. The hour-long film, produced for CBC Television, received a Czech Crystal for Best Performing Arts Program at the prestigious Golden Prague International Television Festival, and six Gemini Award nominations.
David also co-wrote, co-produced and directed Youkali Hotel (2004), also for CBC Television, which stars acclaimed Canadian cabaret singer Patricia O’Callaghan, and features performances by Mary Margaret O’Hara, Hawksley Workman, Kurt Swinghammer and Albert Schultz. The film was nominated for the Rose D’Or in Europe, and received three 2004 Gemini Award nominations – ultimately winning for Best Photography. It also received three awards at the 2004 Yorkton Film Festival.
David and Patricia’s earlier documentary collaborations include Enigmatico (1995), a Genie nominated and Hot Docs Award-winning arts documentary that interweaves the poetry, opera, painting, sculpture and photography of several prominent Italian-Canadian artists; Time on Earth (1997), which follows three seniors as they travel the highways of North America in their motor-homes; and The Lanza Sessions (2000), a behind-the-scenes portrayal of the recording of the musical soundtrack for a yet-to-be-made Hollywood biography of Mario Lanza.
David was also co-writer of several performance specials for Rhombus Media, including the Emmy Award-nominated September Songs: The Music of Kurt Weill (1995), starring Teresa Stratas, Elvis Costello, Nick Cave, Lou Reed, Betty Carter and Charlie Haden. He was also co-writer and associate director of Tuscan Skies – Andrea Bocelli (2001) for A&E Television, and Stormy Weather: The Music of Harold Arlen (2002), featuring singers Sandra Bernhard, Deborah Harry, Jimmy Scott and Rufus Wainwright.
David and Patricia live in Caledon, Ontario, with their two teenage daughters. They are currently developing a new slate of theatrical feature scripts, including The Songbird, a dark Victorian-era fable about a tragic love affair between two aerial high-wire artists, set against the tumultuous backdrop of Niagara Falls and the world of 19th century circus spectacles.