NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. -- Happy Birthday to New Rochelle’s Thomas Fitzgerald!
Thomas Fitzgerald, who was born in New Rochelle, turns 46 on Tuesday.
Fitzgerald, an award winning American-Canadian film and theater director, screenwriter, playwright and producer, was born July 8, 1968. He launched his career in film, releasing his debut feature, "The Hanging Garden," in 1997 starring Troy Veinotte, Chris Leavins and Kerry Fox. That film won several Genie Awards, including acting nods for Peter MacNeill and Seana McKenna, and a screenplay trophy for Fitzgerald. It also garnered Fitzgerald the Claude Jutra Award for best feature film by a first-time director, the FIPRESCI European Critics Prize, Best Canadian Film Prize at the Atlantic Film Festival, Best Canadian Film at the Vancouver Film Festival, Best Screenplay at the Mar del Plata Festival, and a number of other high-profile awards. The film made its U.S. debut at the Sundance Film Festival.
"The Wild Dogs" debuted at the Toronto Film Festival. Along with three Genie nominations including Best Supporting Actor for Hayman, It won the Best Canadian Film Award at the Atlantic Film Festival and the Emerging Master Award at the Seattle International Film Festival.
In 2010 Fitzgerald's first full-length play "Cloudburst" debuted in Halifax at Plutonium Playhouse. It won the 2011 Merritt Award for Best New Play. Fitzgerald shot a film version of "Cloudburst" in 2011 starring Olympia Dukakis, Brenda Fricker and Ryan Doucette. The film debuted at the 2011 Atlantic Film Festival and won an Atlantic Canada Award for Best Screenplay and the People's Choice Audience Award for Best Film of the Festival. It won a Best Canadian Film Award at Victoria Film Festival. It won a Grand Jury Prize at the Atlanta Film Festival.