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Bruce Pittman, film director, producer and writer, was born in Toronto, Ontario on 4 February 1950. His career in the film industry started with the advertising and publicity department of Famous Players Ltd., followed by a period at Communikon, the film market research division of Paramount Pictures. In 1971, he edited and produced "Frankenheimer," a documentary about film director John Frankenheimer, with whom he apprenticed. In 1972, Pittman reopened the Revue Cinema in Toronto as a repertory theatre. Pittman was the co-creator and first producer of the long-running TV Ontario television series "Saturday Night at the Movies." His work includes comedy, drama, action, science fiction and adventure in a variety of genres including short film, television series, movies of the week and feature films. Some of his titles include "Captive Heart," "To Dance for Olivia," "Harrison Bergeron," "Shattered City : The Halifax Explosion," and "Where the Spirit Lives." Pittman's film and television work has been recognized with dozens of national and international awards including several Best Short Film awards from the Canadian Film and Television Association, and an Academy Award nomination for Best Short Subject for "The Painted Door."