Allison Black

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Allison Black

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Allison Black is a film producer and co-founder euclid431 Pictures, alongside her partner, Nathan Morlando. She has produced the films “Edwin Boyd: Citizen Gangster” (2011, directed by Nathan Morlando), “Mean Dreams” (2016, directed by Nathan Morlando) and “Giant Little Ones” (2018, directed by Keith Behrman).
Black began her film career as a script analyst and story editor at Alliance Atlantis, and then became Director of Development at Serendipity Point Films. During this time, Black and Morlando worked closely together on scripts Morlando developed for other producers. Eventually, the pair moved to Los Angeles and founded their production company. “Edwin Boyd: Citizen Gangster” was their first feature, and a labour of love for the duo, as it spent over a decade in development before finally being greenlit. The film – centering on the story of Edwin Alonzo Boyd, notorious Canadian bank robber – was shot in Sault Ste. Marie and went on to premier at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2011. There, it received the award for Best Canadian First Feature Film. The film was also nominated for five Genie Awards in 2012, including a best actor nomination for Scott Speedman, best supporting actor nomination for Kevin Durand, and best supporting actress nomination for Charlotte Sullivan. The film was also nominated for achievement in production design and visual effects.
Black and Morlando’s next film, “Mean Dreams”, a coming-of-age thriller, premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2016. The film starred Sophie Nélisse, Josh Wiggins, Bill Paxton, and Colm Feore. It went on to play at the Toronto International Film Festival and Vancouver International Film Festival and was named by TIFF to their annual Top 10 list of Canadian films.
Black and Morlando then produced “Giant Little Ones”, another coming-of-age tale, directed by Keith Behrman. As with “Edwin Boyd”, this film was also shot on Sault Ste. Marie. It starred Josh Wiggins, Kyle MacLachlan, and Maria Bello. “Giant Little Ones” premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2018. It was nominated for the TIFF’s People’s Choice Award, and was selected as one of TIFF’s Top 10 list of Canadian Films for 2018. It also received the award for Best Feature Film 13+ at the LUCAS International Festival for Young Film Lovers in 2019.
Black is a graduate of the University of Toronto, and holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Cinema Studies.

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“Citizen Gangster.” Wikipedia. Accessed at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Citizen_Gangster
“Giant Little Ones.” Wikipedia. Accessed at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giant_Little_Ones
Hermans, Gert. “MY EXTRAORDINARY SUMMER WITH TESS triumphs at LUCAS.” European Children’s Film Association. October 7, 2019. Accessed at: https://www.ecfaweb.org/my-extraordinary-summer-with-tess-triumphs-at-lucas/
Kelly, Brian. “Sault-shot Giant Little Ones gets big honour.” The Sault Star. December 6, 2018. Accessed at https://www.saultstar.com/news/local-news/sault-shot-giant-little-ones-gets-big-honour.
“Mean Dreams.” Wikipedia. Accessed at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mean_Dreams
Hopper, Donna. “'Edwin Boyd' receives five Genie Award nominations”. Soo Today. January 18, 2012. Accessed at https://www.sootoday.com/local-news/edwin-boyd-receives-five-genie-award-nominations-157630
Papazian, Karen. “Edwin Boyd: bank robber, war veteran, family man.” U of T News. May 7, 2012. Accessed at: https://www.utoronto.ca/news/edwin-boyd-bank-robber-war-veteran-family-man
“TIFF announces lineup for Canada's Top 10 Film Festival.” CBC News. December 7, 2016. Accessed at: https://www.cbc.ca/news/entertainment/tiff-canada-top-10-films-2016-1.3884421

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