Irene Angelico

Irene Angelico

Producer, Director, Writer

Chairwoman, DLI Productions

Irene Angelico is an acclaimed film director, producer and writer. She is the recepient of numerous international awards for directing and producing, as well as a Gemini for best writng in a doumentary. Her work was included in The Fifty Greatest Documentaries of all Times at the NFB’s international Salute to the Documentary, and selected to represent the best of the NFB’s Studio D at retrospectives in London and France. She was the first woman from Quebec selected for Women in the Director’s Chair in Banff and is the founding chair of CIFC-Montreal (now DOC Quebec). She is presently chair of Magnus Opus, a monthly program presenting the world’s best documentaries.

In 1980, Angelico and her husband and partner Abbey Neidik formed DLI Productions. Together they produced and directed Dark Lullabies about the effects of the Holocaust on the next generation of Germans and Jews. This highly regarded film continues to be shown worldwide and has garnered many prestigious international prizes and will be featured at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival this summer.

Angelico went on to direct and write other international-award-winning films including The Cola Conquest, about Coca-Cola as a metaphor for America; Black Coffee, about the history and social impact of coffee and Inside the Great Magazines, about the first international media.

Angelico also produced and wrote many successful documentaries including Entre Solitudes; The Love Prophet and the Children of God; She Got Game; Vendetta Song; Canadaville, USA; and Unbreakable Minds, a poignant film that aims to humanize mental illness.

Currently, Angelico is in distribution with Shekinah: the Intimate Lives of Hasidic Women, co-producing SpaceRace 2 about the next great turning point in human history. She is also in development with Reaching for Zion, the untold story of Rastas and Jews and Mirror Mirror, a visual poem about reflections.

Along with her work in film, Angelico has been involved in the publication of two books. With Abbey Neidik and Mark Pendegrast, she edited The Aftermath: A Survivor’s Odyssey Through War-Torn Europe, the manuscript written by her father, which was the inspiration for Dark Lullabies. The Aftermath was endorsed by Nobel Peace Prize Laureates Elie Wiesel and the Dalai Lama.

This year, Angelico and Yehudi Lindeman launched The Third Seder: A Haggadah for Yom HaShoah. Twenty-five years in the making, The Third Seder includes new rituals they created uniquely for the commemoration of Yom HaShoah.

2014 – Crown Heights film Festival, Best Documentary – Shekinah

2008 – Hugo Television Awards - Chicago Film Festival Prize for Social Political Documentary – Canadaville

2006 – 3rd prize, International Women’s Festival Cinema Delle Donne, Italy – Vendetta Song

2006 – Best Documentary, Calgary Film Festival – Vendetta Song

2005 – Hotdocs Audience Pick Top Ten – Vendetta Song

2005 – CIDA Prize for Best Canadian Documentary on International Development at Hot Docs 2005 – Vendetta Song

2005 – Best Documentary Film, Female Eye Film Festival - Vendetta Song

2005 – Quebec Film Critics Association Best Medium Length Documentary, Rendez-vous du Cinéma Québécois - Vendetta Song

2004 – Gold Aurora Award – She Got Game

2003 – Guirlande d’Honneur, Sports Movies & TV Int. Festival, Milan – She Got Game

Chris Statuette, Columbus International Film Festival – She Got Game

2003 – Best Documentary – Silver, Temecula Valley Int. Film and Music
Festival, California – She Got Game

1999 – Best Documentary Series by an Independent, Hot Docs – Cola Conquest

Gold Apple, National Education Media Network – Cola Conquest

Gemini Award, Best Writing in a Documentary or Series – Cola Conquest

Gemini Nomination, Best Documentary Series – Cola Conquest

1998 – Best Series, Silver Hugo, Chicago International Television Competition – Cola Conques

Best Biography, Gold Plaque, Chicago International Television Competition – The Love Prophet and the Children of God

1993 – Les Prix Gemeaux, Montreal. Nominated in two categories (Best Documentary, Best Editing) – Between the Solitudes

Genie for Best Documentary – A Song For Tibet

Blue Ribbon, American Film Festival – A Song For Tibet

First Prize, Hawaii Film Festival – A Song For Tibet

1991 – Genie Nomination – Falling in Between

1989 – Most Memorable Film, World Television Festival, Tokyo – Dark Lullabies

1986 – Red Ribbon, American Film Festival – Dark Lullabies

1985 – First Prize, International Film Festival of Mannheim – Dark Lullabies

Special Prize for Social Political Engagement, International Film Festival of Mannheim – Dark Lullabies

1985 – Educational Jury Award, International Film Festival of Mannheim – Dark Lullabies