Nick Bicanic, Director, Producer & Creator
Co-founder of Purpose Films, Nick Bicanic comes to the film and television industry from 8 years of experience in the world of new media. In the late 1990s, Nick abandoned PhD studies in Chemistry at the University of Cambridge to found and run a multimedia design and strategy company in London. After steering the company successfully through wild changes in the Internet marketplace (and writing numerous articles and books on the industry in the process) the company was sold, and Nick took the opportunity to explore ways of fusing his two main interests--storytelling and technology. His first dramatic film, "Art History" which he wrote, directed and produced, reaped numerous awards and was picked up by Panasonic for their worldwide demo reel. While co-producing "Under The Cover" a dramatic mini-series for CBC, Nick met Jason Bourque and convinced the prolific filmmaker to collaborate with him on Shadow Company. When not behind or beside a camera, Nick also likes to ski, fly helicopters and windsurf--a lot.
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Jason Bourque, Director
Co-director Jason Bourque’s vision and dedication have been widely recognized in both the artistic and commercial circles of the film industry. In May of 1999, having received two nominations, he won a Leo Award for directing excellence from the Canadian Academy of Cinema and Television. He received two further nominations in 2003. In 2002 Jason directed two television movies: “Wild Fire 7”, a family disaster film for Pax Television, and “Maximum Surge”, a science fiction thriller. In 2003, he directed and co-produced the one hour documentary “Easter: The Jesus Mystery” for the History Channel. Jason recently worked on Pax/NBC’s “Young Blades” and is currently directing Stephen Baldwin in “Dark Storm,” a sci-fi thriller. Jason has also directed and produced over 60 commercials, short films, and music videos for Much Music, MuchMore Music, CBC, BRAVO! and Country Music Television. Other credits include the relationship comedy “Below the Belt” and three episodes of “Under The Cover,” a comedy mini-series made in association with ZeD, CBC.
Remy Kozak, Producer
Remy’s ability to match technology to opportunity has led him from electrical engineering, through marketing and eventually into finance and film production. While he has designed and marketed innovative technology, founded and sold dotcom startups and turned money-losers into profitable enterprises, it is in the process of filmmaking that he has found the ultimate outlet for his creative, communications and organizational skills. Remy’s move into film was driven by a desire to better understand the process of developing and distributing content--a “black art” in the telecom sector from whence he came. He quickly recognized the potential for independent film to flourish as bandwidth increases, end-user viewing options multiply, and digital production drops in price, thereby improving the profitability of independent productions and reducing the traditional risks of filmmaking. A co-founder of Purpose Films, Remy has focused on the distribution, marketing and financing of the firms projects since its inception in 2004.