Tamara Scherbak has won awards for Best Director and Best Film for “Dedashka”. Her other works, “I U SHE” (a collaboration with music artist Peaches for Pop Montreal), “Only Sky & Water” (part of the TIFF Emerging Filmmakers Competition), “Recycle, Reuse, Remix” (produced by the National Film Board of Canada), and “Raya” have screened in numerous film festivals nationally and internationally including in competition at the Hot Docs Film Festival. She has also directed a number of music videos and branded content which have aired/streamed on the Bravo Network and Vice Media among other outlets. Most recently, she was 1 of 51 finalists for the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television’s Apprenticeship for Women Directors.
Tamara was 1 of 9 filmmakers selected for the Berlinale Talents Short Film Station with her script “Is Your Teen a Homosexual?“. She has also been selected as a writer/director for the Toronto International Film Festival Talent Lab, the Reykjavik International Film Festival Talent Lab, the RIDM Talent Lab, The Festival du Nouveau Cinema Talent Incubator and as filmmaker-in-residence at 33 Officina Creativa in Italy.
While getting B.F.A in Film Production from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema she did exchanges at the E.I.C.T.V. in San Antonio de los Banos, Cuba and at the Centre Imagine in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.
Aside from her fiction and documentary work, she has created interactive multi-media installations with The Other Theatre such as Etiquette 4 Lucid Dreaming, presented at the New Museum Ideas City Festival in New York.
Previously, she has enjoyed bringing to life the projects of other talented filmmakers through the magic of editing. She attended the Post-Production Studio for editors at the Berlinale Talent Campus and has worked on numerous productions in film and television such as “Surviving Bokator” which had its international premiere at the Austin Film Festival, the Canadian Screen Award & Prix Gémeaux nominated “Burgundy Jazz” and “Musically Medicated”, nominated for best first-time documentary at the Rendez-vous du Cinéma Québecois. As well as for broadcasters such as CBC, Évasion, YTV & Syfy.
Cazzarola! (Dammit!) (Feature)
Dammit! (working English-language title) is a raucous drama set in contemporary Italy under the turbulence of a rising far-right movement and the refugee crisis. It explores the themes of freedom and conformity through the world of the counter-culture scene.
Antonio, a lackadaisical punk rocker, gets his world blown apart when he falls in love with Cinka, a Romani refugee violinist trying to adjust to life in Italy. Both are forced to reevaluate their lives and contend with cultural taboos as they try to find a place for themselves and each other within their communities.
Language: Italian and Romani.
Un adattamento cinematografico del romanzo di Norman Nawrocki, intitolato “Cazzarola!”.
“Cazzarola”! è un film drammatico ambientato nell’Italia contemporanea sotto la turbolenza di un movimento di estrema destra e della crisi dei rifugiati. Esplora i temi della libertà e della conformità attraverso il mondo della scena della controcultura.
Antonio, un punk rocker spregiudicato, fa esplodere il suo mondo quando si innamora di Cinka, violinista rom di rifugiati che cerca di adattarsi alla vita in Italia. Entrambi sono costretti a rivalutare le loro vite e lottare con tabù culturali mentre cercano di trovare un posto per se stessi e gli altri all’interno delle loro comunità.
Lingua: italiano e rom.
Lessons from a 7ft Penis (Web Series)
Norman Nawrocki is a musician, writer, performer and an all‐around entertainer and for years he has been touring North America with what he has dubbed ‘sex comedy cabarets’. These shows with titles such as ‘Sex Toys”, “I Don’t Understand Women” and “Stories from a 7ft Penis” are sex‐positive, anti‐homophobic and anti‐misogynist shows have Norman acting as over 20 different characters such as a high school sex education teacher called Mrs. Robinson, a singing and dancing butt plug, a giant vagina named Virginia Vagina, and a giant purple penis named Dickhead. While many of his characters are comical, using humour as a method of diffusing embarrassing or hot button issues surrounding sexuality and sexual politics, Norman doesn’t joke about serious issues, and tackles subjects such as violence against women, sexual harassment and gay-bashing.
Ostarbeiter: Eastern Workers (Documentary)
A lyrical documentary about Ukrainians during WW2 who were taken as forced labourers to Nazi Germany, extension of the award-winning short, Dedashka.
Is Your Teen a Homosexual? (2018)
Lost Postcards (2016)
I U She (2012)
Only Sky & Water (2010)
Recycle, Reuse, Remix (2009)
Hong Kong Cowboy (2007)
All Refugees are Welcome, for Norman Nawrocki (2017)
The War Will End, for Michael Jerome Browne (2009)
Going Across the Sea, for Michael Jerome Browne (2007)
Etiquette for Lucid Dreaming with Project for Empty Space & The Other Theatre (2013)
Home Theatre with Kanva Architecture & The Other Theatre (2011)
Spiral Jetty: Movement for the Masses with The Other Theatre (2010)
Fleurs du mal aka (a piece) of my heart: breaking with Greg Selinger (2010)
Réhabilitation for The Other Theatre (2011)
Commercial / Branded Content
For The Better with Vice & Yoplait (2018)
Lunice for Vice & National Bank (2017)
Chevrolet Silverado “Entraide fait la force” (2017)
Promo ads for Réhabilitation (2011)