Home   Company   Projects   Bios


Vancouver, BC, January 28, 2005: The New York Festivals, organizers of the world's largest international competition for broadcast and non-broadcast media, has awarded the 2005 prestigious International Film & Video Gold World Medal to Dilemma Productions of Vancouver for their biography The Life and Times of Arthur Erickson.

Dan Schlanger, President of Dilemma Productions and Producer of The Life and Times of Arthur Erickson, graciously accepted the award at the Hudson Theatre in New York City this evening. "I'm very honored to be recognized by the New York Festivals and share this award with Director and Writer Gordon McLennan and the entire crew. As Arthur Erickson does with his projects, the production team put our hearts and souls into this program and are thrilled to be recognized by our peers."

Founded in 1957, the New York Festivals International Film and Video Awards recognize "The World Best Work" in informational, educational and industrial film productions and corporate video. The competition covers short and feature length film and videos. Now entering its 48th year, the number of participating countries continues to grow to 32 in the current competition. The Film & Video Biography/Profile category is a competitive one, with just under 1,000 submissions received. Entries are judged in the United States and around the world by panels of peers in their respective industries, and Gold, Silver and Bronze World Medals are awarded to the highest scoring entries in each category. Of note, the Silver World Medal was awarded to NBC New York for "The History of Tom Brokow".

The Life and Times of Arthur Erickson is a definitive portrait of the life, work and vision of Canada's greatest architect and designer of landmarks such as the Law Courts in Vancouver, Toronto's Roy Thomson Hall, and the Canadian Embassy in Washington, DC. His life is an astonishing legacy of achievement combined with fascinating drama and passion. The documentary features an exploration of the complex personality of a gifted artist whose controversial life has fed his remarkable work.

The Life and Times of Arthur Erickson debuted nationally on CBC February 4, 2004 with additional encore broadcasts still to be scheduled. It was produced by Dilemma Productions in association with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, with the participation of the Canadian Television Fund created by the Government of Canada and the Canadian Cable Industry, Telefilm Canada: Equity Investment Program, CTF: License Fee Program; with the assistance of the Canadian Film or Video Projection Tax Credit; with the CanWest Western Independent Producers Fund, and the Province of British Columbia, Film Incentive BC.

Dilemma Productions was established in 2001 by President and owner Dan Schlanger to develop and produce independent, commercially viable Canadian projects that balance quality and budget, ensuring best production values without compromising creative goals. Dilemma's production team is completed by a support group of well-respected consultants and advisers.

A highly accomplished and experienced producer, Dan Schlanger's track record spans almost all genres of film making with remarkable results. In addition to being honoured with the New York Festivals International Film & Video Gold World Medal for producing The Life and Times of Arthur Erickson, the Directors Guild of Canada nominated Schlanger in 2004 for Outstanding Team Achievement in a Feature Film for My Life Without Me. Also in 2004, Schlanger shared a LEO Award nomination with Academy-Award nominee David Paperny, for producing the one-hour documentary Transplant Tourism (directed by Paperny) for CBC TV's The Passionate Eye.

Schlanger has focused more on feature films and full-length documentaries since his move to Vancouver in 1999, after 15 years of extensive work in the Israeli film and television industry. Recently, Schlanger completed post production on Cantata for the King (co-produced with Leigh Badgley) which will broadcast as part of CBC TV's national "Opening Night" series on March 3, 2005.

In addition, Schlanger is currently producing the performing arts documentary The Life and Times of Evelyn Hart for CBC together with Betsy Carson, and continuing his collaboration with Gordon McLennan on his feature screenplay Art Of Living - a Canada-UK co production. With executive producers William B. Davis and Bill Gray, Schlanger is also producing a pilot for the Vancouver based series 49th and Main. And with co-producer Howard Dancyger, Schlanger is developing a feature film - Undead Inc. based on an original script by Ian Weir, and a new TV drama for CHUM Television: A World Apart.

Dilemma's mission is to tell Canadian stories that celebrate the diversity, heritage and culture of all Canadians. A constant presence at international film festivals and markets, Schlanger is actively pursuing co-production possibilities in order to expand the artistic and financing potential of his projects.


For More Information or To Arrange an Interview with Dan Schlanger or Gordon McLennan contact:

Dilemma Productions
Tyler Jackson, Media Relations
Tel: 604-633-1441

For More Information on the New York Festivals or the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation contact:

New York Festivals
Anne White, Marketing Director
Tel: 212-643-4800

Kismet Baun, Publicist
Tel: 416-205-3987