Buffalo Gal Pictures is an independent production company based in Winnipeg, Canada. They have developed and produced many challenging and diverse projects by creating collaborative relationships with creative talent and building successful co-production partnerships.
Buffalo Gal Pictures has produced or co-produced numerous feature films including Guy Maddin’s new film Keyhole, starring Isabella Rossellini and Jason Patric; Cherien Dabis’ Amreeka; Guy Maddin’s My Winnipeg and The Saddest Music in the World; Kari Skogland’s The Stone Angel; and Gary Yates’ High Life and Seven Times Lucky.
Buffalo Gal films have screened at the Toronto International Film Festival, Sundance, Directors’ Fortnight and the Berlinale, and garnered many international awards.
Enigmatico Films was formed in 1993 by husband-and-wife team David Mortin and Patricia Fogliato, both of whom are writers, producers and directors. They just completed their first theatrical feature film Mad Ship, and are currently developing other dramatic films, including The Songbird, a Victorian romance about an obsessive love affair between two aerial high-wire artists, and The Gravesavers, a family film adapted from the Sheree Fitch novel about a twelve-year-old girl who becomes haunted by the history of the most tragic Maritime shipwreck prior to the Titanic.
David and Patricia’s previous productions include 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 film, which premiered on CBC Television in January 2006, received a Czech Crystal, for Best Performing Arts Program at the prestigious Golden Prague International Television Festival. The film also received six Gemini Award nominations.
Youkali Hotel (2003), also for CBC Television, stars acclaimed Canadian cabaret singer Patricia O’Callaghan, and features performances by Mary Margaret O’Hara, Hawksley Workman, Kurt Swinghammer and Albert Schultz. Youkali Hotel was nominated for the Rose D’Or in Europe, and received three 2004 Gemini Award nominations, and three awards at the 2004 Yorkton Film Festival.
Also in 2003, Patricia wrote and directed Dear Juliet, an hour-long documentary 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.
David has co-written 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 co-directed and produced 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 behindthe-scenes portrayal of the recording of the musical soundtrack for a yet-to-be-made Hollywood biography of Mario Lanza, featuring Canadian opera star, Richard Margison, as the voice of Lanza.