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Carl Bessai

Carl Bessai, director,

B: 1966 in Edmonton, Alberta

Carl Bessai studied at the Ontario College of Art and Design and at York University in Toronto graduating with an MFA. An acclaimed director, his debut feature film, Johnny, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 1999, where it received a special jury citation. His feature, Unnatural and Accidental premiered at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and at the Toronto International Film Festival (2006), before earning awards and nominations at the American Indian Film Festival, the Vancouver International Film Festival, the British Columbia film Awards (Leos), and the 2007 Genie Awards. Bessai is a member of the Director’s Guild of Canada, the Writer’s Guild of Canada, and the Canadian Film and Television Producer’s Association.

Also see: Sugar Daddy at Whistler.

Features & TV Movies:
VR indicates Direct-to-Video Release

Brothers from Vietnam (1998)
Johnny (1999)
Bang! (2001)
Lola (2001)
Indie Truth: An Inquiry Into the Documentary (TV-2002)
Emile (2003)
Severed (2005)
Unnatural & Accidental (2006)
Normal (2007)
Mothers & Daughters (2008)
Cole (2009)
Repeaters (2010)
Fathers & Sons (2010)
Sisters & Brothers (2011)
Embrace of the Vampire (VR-2013)
No Clue (2013)
Bad City (2014)
Mr. Miracle (TV-2014)
Ungodly Acts (TV-2015)
Rehearsal (2015)
The Lears (2017)
Kreuzberg (2017)

In Her City (2020)
Evelyne (2021)
Remedial Ed (2021)

TV Series – at least 1 episode of:
A Scattering of Seeds (2000)

Hiccups (2010, 2011)
Health Nutz (2013)
Blood and Water (2016, 2017)
Ashbridge (2019, mini-series)

Unnatural & Accidental, movie, poster,