Patricia Fogliato is co-owner of Enigmatico Films, along with her husband David Mortin. Mad Ship is their first dramatic feature production, which they co-wrote, and David directed.
Previous productions include Black Widow (2005), which Patricia co-wrote and produced, and is 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.
Patricia co-wrote and co-produced 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.
Patricia and David’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.
In 2004, Patricia wrote and directed Dear Juliet, an hour-long documentary produced by Primitive Entertainment for TVOntario’s The View From Here. The film explores the enduring myth of Shakespeare’s tragic heroine, and the thousands of lovelorn letters which people from all over the world write to her each year, addressed simply to Juliet, Verona, Italy.
Patricia and David are currently developing several theatrical feature scripts, including The Songbird and The Gravesavers.