TRISH DOLMAN – President / Producer
President Trish Dolman founded Screen Siren Pictures in 1997 and has been writing, directing, and producing film and television for over 26 years. Her productions have received nominations and wins at the Gemini, Genie, Banff Rockie, Leo, and Canadian Screen Awards, and garnered acclaim at leading film festivals around the world.
Trish’s most recent feature production is Indian Horse, an adaptation of the award-winning novel by Richard Wagamese, produced with Christine Haebler and Paula Devonshire. Winner of 14 festival audience awards in Canada and abroad, the film was released in over 122 theatres across Canada by Elevation Pictures in spring 2018. The film went on to earn over $1.7M CDN at the box office, making it the most successful English-Canadian release of the year.
Trish has successfully produced six other award-winning features films: Hector and the Search for Happiness (2014), a $15.4 M co-production with Germany’s Egoli Tossell, directed by Peter Chelsom (Shall We Dance, Funny Bones) and starring Simon Pegg, Rosamund Pike, Stellan Skarsgård, Toni Collette, Jean Reno and Christopher Plummer, Max McGuire’s Foreverland (2011), TIFF Canada First! openers Daydream Nation (2010) by Michael Goldbach and Year of the Carnivore (2009) by writer/director Sook-Yin Lee, The Score (2005) by director Kim Collier, and Keith Behrman’s multi-award winning Flower & Garnet (2002). She also produced Luna: Spirit of the Whale (2007), a TV movie for CTV starring Jason Priestley, Graham Greene and Erin Karpluk.
In 2017, Trish directed and produced the crowd-sourced documentary feature Canada in a Day, inspired by Scott Free’s Life in a Day, which aired on CTV for Canada’s 150th Anniversary, and for which she received a 2018 Canadian Screen Award for Best Direction, Documentary Program. She also produced the seven-part docuseries Bud Empire which aired in 2018 on History Canada
Trish has also produced more than ten award-winning documentaries and series: Some Kind of Love (2014), a feature documentary by Oscar-shortlisted director Thomas Burstyn, David Vaisbord’s Britannia Beach (2002), Michael Mason’s The Friendship Village (Executive Producer), the Gemini- nominated Drawing Out the Demons: A Film About the Artist Attila Richard Lukacs (2004), the four-part Gemini nominated documentary series Girl Racers (2005), Genie and Leo-nominated Breaking Ranks (2006) and Lisa Jackson’s Reservation Soldiers (2007), and the international treaty co-productions Ice Girls (2002), which she wrote, produced and directed and which went on to win three Leo Awards in the Sports Program Category and was nominated for a Banff Rockie Award, and Mark Cousins’ The First Movie (2009), a UK/Canada co-production that was nominated for a Banff Rockie Award and won the prestigious Prix Italia.
Trish also wrote, produced and directed the feature documentary Eco-Pirate the Story of Paul Watson which premiered at Hot Docs 2011 where it was voted a Top Ten Audience Favourite. Eco-Pirate also won Best Documentary at the Projecting Change Film Festival and received a Special Jury Mention at Reykjavik International Film Festival.
Trish is currently directing Citizen Bio, a feature-length documentary that profiles the biohacker subculture for Showtime, exec produced by Graeme Manson and Mackenzie Donaldson (Snowpiercer, Orphan Black). She is also producing The New Corporation, a follow-up to the most successful documentary in Canadian history.
Trish is a past board member of Women in Film Vancouver, DOC, the CMPA BC Branch, and the CMPA national board and currently sits on the advisory committee for the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television. In 2003, Trish was the youngest recipient of the Woman of the Year award from Women in Film and Video Vancouver. She was honored as Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin La Grande Dame 2003 Woman of Distinction, and in 2010 was named one of the 100 Most Influential Women in British Columbia by the Vancouver Sun.