Director’s Bio

Mary Fowles is a dedicated writer, journalist and documentary filmmaker who grew up on the dreamy West-Coast of British Columbia. After graduating with a BA in Religious Studies and Cultural Studies from McGill University in 2003, and later from Concordia with a graduate degree in journalism, Mary was awarded a fellowship from the International Development Research Centre in Ottawa.  She used this fellowship to intern at Casablanca’s cutting-edge newsweekly magazine called Le Journal Hebdomadaire, writing on a series of social issues in the Moroccan society.

Mary’s experiences in Morocco led her toward her next big project, her first documentary feature film which she worked on tirelessly for three years, bringing the amazing story of Casablanca’s first female taxi driver to the big screen.

Much of Mary’s work as a filmmaker and writer depict stories of personal resilience, the human struggle for fulfillment and freedom, and delve deep into spiritual themes. Her career is guided by the words of veteran Canadian broadcast journalist Peter Gzowski, who said shortly before his death, Good journalism, “builds a bridge of love for light to pass.”

Her first film, Tiempo Segrado (Sacred Time), is an intimate portrait of a young Colombian refugee who sought sanctuary in the basement of a Montreal church to avoid deportation.   Taxi Casablanca, Mary’s second film, shows how one woman’s courage and faith gave her the strength to live the life of her own choosing and transcend cultural norms.

Mary’s work stems from a deep love of personal stories. Sometimes these stories find their expression in visual form;  other times they come to life through the written word.

GRANTS AND AWARDS: 

2008 – Canadian Independent Film and Video Fund

2008 – Quebec Council for the Arts – Media Arts Grant

2008 – Canadian International Development Agency – Development Information Program

2008 – National Film Board of Canada – ACIC program

2008 – Fondation du Maire 

2008 – PRIM – Media Arts Centre

2007 – Canada Council for the Arts

2007 – Canadian International Development Agency – Development Information Program

2006 – SODEC – Scriptwriting grant

2005Monday Magazine Photography Contest – Honorable mention for composition in color photography genre

2004 – International Development Research Centre – Journalism Fellowship

Short-listed for the following awards:

– Department of International Trade and Foreign Affairs Award, 2004

– The Joan Donaldson Scholarship CBC Newsworld, 2004

– The Gazette Scholarship, 2003 

– Peter Gzowski Internship CBC Radio, 2003

FILMOGRAPHY:

Taxi Casablanca (broadast on TV5 May, 2009)

60 min. documentary

Producer, Co-Director, Co-Writer

Canadaville, USA (broadcast on CBC and Tele-Quebec,  2007)

52 min. documentary

Associate Producer, Writer

DLI Productions Inc.

Inside the Great Magazines, (broadcast on Global Television and Tele-Quebec, 2007)

3 x 52 min. documentary series 

Associate Producer, production manager

DLI Productions Inc.

Traveling Light, (for Bravo! and ARTE,2006)

52 min. documentary

Production Manager

DLI Productions Inc. and Artesian Films Inc.

Tiempo Sagado, 2004

Producer, Co-Director, Writer

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