Guest Speakers

April 15

Based in Toronto and Los Angeles, producer Allison Black founded boutique production company euclid 431 pictures with director/writer Nathan Morlando. Black develops and oversees a slate born of the partners' desire to produce commercially-driven films with universal stories from unique voices.

Black recently produced the award-winning, critically-acclaimed feature film Citizen Gangster (IFC Films) by director/writer Morlando. Citizen Gangster made its world premiere at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival, where Black was nominated for Producer of the Year by the CMPA and Morlando received the prestigious Skyy Vodka Award for Best First Canadian Feature Film. The film was acquired by IFC Films, received 5 Genie Award nominations, a Directors Guild of Canada Award nomination for Best Feature Film, and was honored as one of Canada's Top Ten Films of 2011.

Black was recently profiled in Variety's TIFF 2012 issue ("Up Next: Producer Pride") and is currently in
pre-production on the international thriller The Lion's Share starring Jim Sturgess (Cloud Atlas, 21, Across the Universe) and two time Academy Award nominee Djimon Hounsou (Blood Diamond, Gladiator, In America), to be directed by Morlando with a script co-written by Morlando and Black (IFP No Borders '11 selection). She produces the international co-production with producer Genevieve Hofmeyr (Safe House, Invictus, Blood Diamond).

Current features in development include the UK-Canada co-production Celia, a smart and sexy period romantic comedy in the vein of Shakespeare in Love; The Devil is Black, a provocative detective thriller set in the world of early rock 'n' roll; the romantic drama Last Stop, and the touching and humourous coming of age The Giant Little Ones by award-winning director/writer Keith Berhman.

Prior to the formation of euclid 431, Allison Black acted as Director of Development for THINKFilm. In 2003, Black initiated THINKFilm’s office in LA, overseeing Canadian and international co-productions.

Previously, Black was Director of Development at producer Robert Lantos' Serendipity Point Films where she worked closely on projects by acclaimed director/writers including Atom Egoyan, David Cronenberg, and Istvan Szabo, and was involved in the adaptations of novels by acclaimed authors Michael Ondaatje, Anne Michaels and Mordecai Richler.

Allison began her career in 1998 overseeing the creation of the Alliance Films cultural archive as a multi-million dollar Special Media donation to the University of Toronto.

Allison Black is a Dean’s List graduate in Film Theory and English Literature (BAH, ‘98) from the University of Toronto and Queen’s University at Kingston.

Black is represented by Gang, Tyre, Ramer & Brown and Steve Dontanville at Circle of Confusion.