Roushell was born and raised in Ottawa, Canada, received her BA from Carleton University, and immediately left Ottawa on her “Grand Tour” of Europe. She ended her tour in Israel where she settled in the city of Jerusalem with an offer to work at the newly established Israeli Television Network. This was 1968. For the next five years, she worked in the editing department on news, sports, current affairs and the odd documentary (where budgets allowed). When she first started, she learned to edit with glue and hot-splices. Then Steenbecks arrived from Germany, and she progressed to splicing tape and the splicer. That, of course, lasted for a few decades until the big transition to digital in the early 1990’s.
Her first job back in Canada in 1973, was with Hobel-Leiterman Productions cranking out weekly documentaries in series called “Here Comes the ’70’s” and “Target the Impossible”. So many young and talented people got their start there as directors and editors, guided by the visionary television producer Douglas Leiterman and his wife, Beryl Fox.
After a year there, she continued to work off and on as a free-lancer for CTV, CBC, the National Film Board and many, many privately-funded productions, creating documentaries, TV one-offs and series, both documentary and drama, and feature films - until retirement.
Alan Collins was born in India and grew up in the UK where he studied Drama and Film at Bristol University. In the late 1960’s, Alan was hired by Roger Corman as an Assistant Editor on the World War 1 feature Von Richthofen and Brown. He was later promoted to co-editor of Von Richthofen and Brown and edited 3 more features for New World Pictures. While in Los Angeles he edited I Escaped from Devil’s Island starring Jim Brown.
Alan moved to Toronto in 1975 where he edited The Clown Murders (starring John Candy) and Love at First Sight, starring Dan Aykroyd, a comedy about a blind man in love with a young woman whose father opposes the match. The movie received a Best Editing Award from the newly formed Canadian Film Editors guild in 1977.
Collins then edited The Brood, directed by David Cronenberg, starring Oliver Reed and Samantha Eggar, which later became a cult classic. In 1987 Alan was series editor on the original Degrassi High series directed by Kit Hood.
Alan taught at Ryerson University for over a decade,and in 2006 moved to Halifax. He was invited by Focal Press to write the Foreword to the second edition of The Technique of Film Editing, sometimes regarded as the bible of film editing, a book that had played a central role in his life as an editor. He describes this as one of the proudest moments in his life along with receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award from the C.C.E. While continuing his prolific editing career, in 2015 Collins produced his first feature Relative Happiness based on the best selling novel by Nova Scotia author Lesley Crewe.
Debra Karen became interested in film when she took an elective course in Cinema at Dawson College in Montreal which was taught by Larry Kent. She enrolled in Communication Arts at Loyola College and after her first year, was hired as a second assistant editor to work at Cinepix on their production of Across This Land with Stompin’ Tom Connors.
Her credits at Cinepix included Bill Fruet’s Death Weekend, Eddie Matalon’s Blackout, Ivan Reitman’s Meatballs, Larry Kent’s Yesterday and J. Lee Thompson’s Happy Birthday to Me.
Debra worked on many Canadian and American TV movies and miniseries. She has worked with directors including Philip Saville (Family Pictures starring Anjelica Huston, Sam Neill and Kyra Sedgwick; George Kaczender (Vanished starring George Hamilton and Lisa Rinna); Pierre Gang (The Legend of Sleepy Hollow starring Brent Carver and Further Tales of the City starring Olympia Dukakis, Laura Linney and Jackie Burroughs); Simon Wincer (P.T. Barnum starring Beau Bridges, Cynthia Dale, George Hamilton, Henry Czerny and Charles Martin Smith); and Tim Southam (One Dead Indian starring Eric Schweig, Dakota House and Gabrielle Miller).
Her association with Joseph Sargent was the most productive and included eight TV movies and miniseries: Day One starring Brian Dennehy, David Strathairn, Michael Tucker and Hume Cronyn; The Incident starring Walter Matthau, Susan Blakely, Robert Carradine and Harry Morgan; Ivory Hunters starring John Lithgow, Isabella Rossellini and James Earl Jones; The Love She Sought starring Angela Lansbury, Denholm Elliott and Cynthia Nixon; My Antonia starring Jason Robards, Eva Maria Saint, Neil Patrick Harris and Elina Lowensohn; Mandela and de Klerk starring Sidney Poitier and Michael Caine; Streets of Laredo starring James Garner, Sissy Spacek, Sam Shepard, Randy Quaid and George Carlin; and Salem Witch Trials starring Kirstie Alley, Henry Czerny, Alan Bates, Peter Ustinov and Shirley MacLaine.
Debra currently resides with her husband, Michael in Hudson, Quebec.
Ralph Brunjes, CCE, started his career at the CBC in the 60s, coming up through the ranks as an assistant editor, sound editor and film editor on groundbreaking dramas and documentaries such as Wojeck, The Whiteoaks of Jalna, The Nature of Things and This Land of Ours. He was promoted to Editor in Charge at age 27 and a year later to Assistant
Supervising Editor in charge of the day to day running of the Film Department. He had the great pleasure of working with Glenn Gould on the soundtrack of the legendary documentary The Idea of North.
In 1975 Ralph went freelance and focused on drama editing, amassing a large list of credits on over 50 television movies, 16 fea- tures, 13 mini-series and multiple TV series.
His commitment to excellence in the craft of editing has earned him multiple nominations and awards over the years, including Best Sound and Best Picture Editing Awards the first year of the Geminis, and an Emmy nomination for Joan of Arc.
Ralph has always valued his role as a mentor to young and emerging talent. Throughout his career he has enjoyed working with many great filmmakers, developing lifelong friendships and creative collaborations.
Rik Morden grew up in Hamilton, Ontario and discovered an interest in painting early on. He combined this interest with his passion for storytelling and quickly became an editor hailed for precision, artistry and creativity. Throughout his 35-year career Rik edited feature films, corporate presentations, t.v. commercials and music videos (which he also produced and directed; Stray Cats, Rush, Chris De Burgh). He was also the rare Canadian to have won an Emmy Award—in 2000 for outstanding achievement in single camera editing for his work on the HBO movie, Mary Cassatt: An American Impressionist.
Rik was rewarded for his efforts with many other awards and nominations. He was nominated for another Emmy in 1999 for Edison: The Wizard of Light, won a Directors Guild of Canada Team Award in 2007 for his editing of the well-reviewed documentary Sharkwater, and was nominated for several other DGC and Gemini awards (Beethoven Lives Upstairs, Rembrandt: Fathers and Sons, Bailey’s Billion$).
Rik’s diversity of talent and pursuit of excellence made him a singular talent and mentor amongst editors.
Source: Csillag, Ron. “Emmy-winning editor strove for perfection.” 2010. The Globe and Mail (Toronto), Oct. 19.
Ron Wisman, CCE. has been an integral component of the Canadian editing community for over 40 years.
Ron has an impressive resume of 89 titles with almost half being Movies of the Week; The Violin, one of the first films that he cut, was nominated for an Academy Award.
His editing has garnered many accolades, with 20 nominations and 10 wins. He was continually recognized by the Canadian Film Editors Guild and won a Genie for his outstanding work on Joshua Then And Now. The following year he was awarded both an ACE Ed- die and a Gemini for Sword Of Gideon. He also cut the cult classic, The Pyx.
Collaborating with John Woo, Michael Anderson, Ted Kotcheff and Canadian legend Don Shebib to name a few, he has helped shape performances of many Hollywood legends; from Charlton Heston and Vanessa Redgrave to Lloyd Bridges and Christopher Plummer.
In addition to the above achievements, it is important to remember that a career like this is full of more than titles and credits; it is a testament to a devoted and sought-after craftsmen. It is with great pleasure that we bestow on Ron Wisman a C.C.E. Lifetime Achievement Award.
George Appleby’s life was defined by love, success and adventure, all of which he shared freely with the people he met and worked with. He had a lot of friends.
Though born in Toronto, at age nine, George moved with his family to Bogota, Columbia, when his father was transferred there for work. In Bogota, George was educated in Spanish and English, until his teens, when he returned to Canada.
After high school, tall and handsome George set his sights on acting. He hung around the University of Toronto’s Hart House Theatre, and its then director, Robert Gill, absorbing the world of theatre. But it was the editing suite that eventually took his interest after he landed his first job on the CBC series, The Forest Rangers, in the early 1960s. He would go on to work steadily as an editor right up until his death in December 1999.
George cut many of Canada’s iconic series and feature films, from Adventures in Rainbow Country, Street Legal, and Cold Squad to Outrageous, The Silent Partner, Isabel, and many others. He received numerous awards for his work, including Canadian Film Editors Guild awards, an Etrog and a Genie nomination.
Werner Nold CM is a Quebec film editor. In 1984, he was named a Member of the Order of Canada. In 2010, he received the Prix Albert-Tessier from the government of Quebec for his contributions to the cinema of Quebec. Over a 35-year career at the National Film Board of Canada, Nold worked on approximately 100 films. He also co-founded the Conseil québécois pour la diffusion du cinéma and served as president of the Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois. Born in Switzerland, Nold moved to Quebec in 1955, while in his early 20s. He was hired by the NFB in 1961, and retired from film editing in 1996. In 2011 Werner was honored by the Canadian Cinema Editors with their first ever Lifetime Achievement Award. He lives with his wife of over 40 years, Lucette Lupien, in Montreal's Habitat 67 complex.
Tom Daly was born on April 25, 1918 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He was a producer and editor, known for City of Gold (1957), Universe (1960) and Very Nice, Very Nice (1961). He died on September 18, 2011 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.