Jeremy Podeswa

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Date of Birth: 1962

Jeremy Podeswa always aspired to be a director. Having grown up in Toronto, he attended CHAT (the Community Hebrew Academy of Toronto) and went on to graduate in 1984 from the film studies program at Ryerson Polytechnic Institute. He then moved to Los Angeles where he completed a directing fellowship at the American Film Institute's Center for Advanced Film Studies (now the AFI Conservatory).

In 1983, 21-year-old Podeswa used his student loans to make his first short film, titled David Roche Talks to You About Love—a 22-minute performance about a gay actor and his views on love. The aspiring director then took jobs as a production assistant, assistant editor and a publicist before he started directing his own films.

In 1994, Podeswa shot Eclipse, followed by The Five Senses, which outlines the lives and relationships of five Toronto neighbors. The Five Senses won him a Genie Award in 2000 for Best Director. Fugitive Pieces (2008), loosely based on a novel by Anne Michael, was awarded the opening night slot at the 2007 International Film Festival, and has since received critical acclaim.

Podeswa has also made a name for himself in television, directing episodes of Six Feet Under, Nip/Tuck, Queer as Folk, and Dexter.


Fugitive Pieces (2007)
The Five Senses (1999)
Eclipse (1995)
Walls (1993)
Caveman Rainbow (1993)
Standards (1992)
In the Name of Bobby (1985)
The Revelations of Becka Paulsen (1985)
Diamond Time (1985)
Nion (1984)