Canadian Cinema Editors to Honour Steve Weslak

By Pat Mullen

The Canadian Cinema Editors (CCE) will honour doc veteran Steve Weslak at their upcoming annual awards. The organization announced today that Weslak will receive the Lifetime Achievement award at the CCE Awards on May 31.

The Scarborough native has been cutting docs for decades in the Canadian scene with credits on films and television documentaries by the NFB, HBO, PBS, BBC, and all major Canadian broadcasters.

“In those [early] days, working in the small Canadian film and documentary industry felt a bit like what it must feel like to play in a garage rock band,” said Weslak in a statement from the CCE.

Weslak’s credits include Home Feeling: Struggle for a Community, Narmada: A Valley Rises, Inside Disaster Haiti, Walk with Us, Our Man in Tehran, for which he won a Canadian Screen Award, and Tales from the Organ Trade, which earned him a Black Dolphin award at Cannes, and the series War of the Worlds and Empire of the Word. He’s worked with Canada’s top doc directors including Larry Weinstein, Nisha Pahuja, and Ric Esther Bienstock.

The CCE nominees for documentary feature this year are I am Heath Ledger, In the Name of Your Daughter, My Enemy, My Brother, Shut Up and Say Something, and Unarmed Verses.