​Eugene Levy to mentor Daniel Perlmutter as part of the 2012 Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards Mentorship Program

By CFC Staff May 03, 2012 20:00

Eugene Levy and Daniel Perlmutter at a Telefilm Canada Features Comedy Lab event.

Program in new partnership with Canadian Film Centre for 2012-13

The National Arts Centre is proud to announce that Canadian comedy legend Eugene Levy has chosen to mentor writer and filmmaker Daniel Perlmutter ('11) through the 2012 Governor General's Performing Arts Awards Mentorship Program, which is made possible with support from The Keg Spirit Foundation.

The Program allows past recipients of the Governor General's Performing Arts Awards, which are Canada's highest honours in the performing arts, to give back to the next generation. Award-winning writer, performer, director, and alumnus of the acclaimed Second City Theatre comedy troupe, Eugene Levy received the Governor General's Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement in 2008.

"I'm incredibly excited about the opportunity to work with a comic legend like Eugene Levy. He's been a huge influence on me personally and to have him sit down with me and give his feedback on a script that I wrote is a real thrill. Working in the arts in this country can be a struggle but to have mentor opportunity like this is immeasurably helpful, and I thank the National Arts Centre for making it happen,” said Daniel Perlmutter.

Levy is the Chair of the Telefilm Canada Features Comedy Lab, a CFC Film program presented in collaboration with Just For Laughs. Perlmutter participated in the Comedy Lab in 2011-2012 with his feature film Fit To Print, which is now in development with Markham Street Films.

This year, the NAC and the GGPAA Foundation are delighted to announce a new partnership with the CFC, Canada's leading institution for advanced training in film, television, digital media, and screen acting Both CFC and Levy selected Perlmutter for the Mentorship Program. In addition, Levy will lead a workshop with CFC residents in the fall.

“It gives us great pleasure to be participating in this year's Mentorship Program as part of the Governor General's Performing Arts Awards, and we are very grateful to Mr. Levy for sharing his great gifts so generously with Daniel Perlmutter, and with our residents,” said Slawko Klymkiw, CEO, Canadian Film Centre.

It is hoped that in future years, the Mentorship Program will also be able to work in partnership with other Canadian arts education organizations that, like the CFC, specialize in talent development.

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