While attending Loyola High School in Montreal, award-winning film producer Don Carmody, BA 72, had been leaning towards studying fine arts. Yet artist Charles Gagnon, who had recently become an instructor at Loyola College, one of Concordia’s founding institutions, convinced him to consider studying film.
“I met Father Jack O’Brien at Charles’s introduction, and it was really he who convinced me that I should give it a try,” says Carmody. “Once in the program, I became a student teaching assistant to Father Marc Gervais — mainly because I knew how to run a projector, I suppose! I became quite taken with film history as well as theory.”
His final student film won an award at the Montreal World Film Festival, which led to a summer job at the National Film Board of Canada. There, he happened onto the set of an American television movie and quickly became enamoured with narrative filmmaking.
Since then, Carmody has been involved in the production of more than 100 feature films, including Chicago (2002), Good Will Hunting (1997), 54 (1998) and the Canadian classics Meatballs (1979) and Porky’s (1981). He has collaborated with Canadian film legends David Cronenberg and Ivan Reitman and, more recently, Denis Villeneuve on Polytechnique (2009), which won nine Genie Awards and five Jutras.
“Communication studies ignited my spark for film and storytelling,” says Carmody. “It’s a fire that continues to burn brightly with me even after all these years.”
1975-1984: Caroline Van Vlaardingen, BA 84