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Birth
Toronto, Toronto Municipality, Ontario, Canada
Death
1 Dec 2023 (aged 48)
Toronto, Toronto Municipality, Ontario, Canada
Burial
Willowdale, Toronto Municipality, Ontario, Canada Add to Map
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Film And Television Director, and Screenwriter. Born to a Jamaican mother and British father, Officer was active in Canadian independent film, and specialized in featuring Black voices and stories in his work. His filmmaking was known for breaking barriers, giving voices to the marginalized, and having grounded, intimate visions that prioritized character and a sense of place. His feature film "Nurse.Fighter.Boy" (2008) received critical acclaim, with 10 Genie Award (now the Canadian Screen Awards) nominations, was recognized at the 57th Berlin International Film Festival in Germany, and won and audience award for Best in World Cinema at the Sarasota Film Festival. He also directed four episodes of "The Porter" telling the story of North America's first Black-led union, which received 12 awards at the Canadian Screen Awards including best original music, production, costume design, best writing and best drama series. Officer was also known for his documentaries including "Mighty Jerome" (2010) featuring Harry Jerome, Canada's most decorated track and field stars, and "Unarmed Verses" (2017) which tackled topics of race relations and the lives of Black youth in Toronto, Canada. "Unarmed Verses" would go on to win Best Canadian Feature at Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival and Best Canadian Documentary at the Vancouver International Film Festival. Charles Officer passed away at the age of 48 in Toronto, from complications of an autoimmune disease.
Film And Television Director, and Screenwriter. Born to a Jamaican mother and British father, Officer was active in Canadian independent film, and specialized in featuring Black voices and stories in his work. His filmmaking was known for breaking barriers, giving voices to the marginalized, and having grounded, intimate visions that prioritized character and a sense of place. His feature film "Nurse.Fighter.Boy" (2008) received critical acclaim, with 10 Genie Award (now the Canadian Screen Awards) nominations, was recognized at the 57th Berlin International Film Festival in Germany, and won and audience award for Best in World Cinema at the Sarasota Film Festival. He also directed four episodes of "The Porter" telling the story of North America's first Black-led union, which received 12 awards at the Canadian Screen Awards including best original music, production, costume design, best writing and best drama series. Officer was also known for his documentaries including "Mighty Jerome" (2010) featuring Harry Jerome, Canada's most decorated track and field stars, and "Unarmed Verses" (2017) which tackled topics of race relations and the lives of Black youth in Toronto, Canada. "Unarmed Verses" would go on to win Best Canadian Feature at Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival and Best Canadian Documentary at the Vancouver International Film Festival. Charles Officer passed away at the age of 48 in Toronto, from complications of an autoimmune disease.

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  • Originally Created by: Anonymous
  • Added: Dec 6, 2023
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  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/262069623/charles-officer: accessed ), memorial page for Charles Officer (28 Oct 1975–1 Dec 2023), Find a Grave Memorial ID 262069623, citing Highland Memory Gardens, Willowdale, Toronto Municipality, Ontario, Canada; Maintained by Find a Grave.