Daniel Bekerman is a producer based in Canada with broad experience in creative producing, financing and service production.
Recent productions, The Witch, a US/Canada co-production, won the Best Director Award at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, the 2017 Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature and made major sales to Universal and A24; and Bang Bang Baby, a musical directed by Cannes Residency alumnus Jeffrey St. Jules, starring Jane Levy, Justin Chatwin and Peter Stormare, won the Best First Feature Film Awards at the Toronto International Film Festival and Canadian Screen Awards. Pay the Ghost, directed by Uli Edel and starring Nicolas Cage, was recently released theatrically across the world.
The People Garden, written and directed by Nadia Litz and starring Dree Hemingway and Pamela Anderson, had its world premiere at the BAFICI Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Film, and has been theatrically released in Canada and US. Two Lovers and a Bear,directed by Oscar nominee Kim Nguyen which stars Tatiana Maslany and Dane DeHaan, premiered at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival’s Directors’ Fortnight section. The Headhunter’s Calling, starring Gerard Butler, had its world premiere at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival’s Gala section. Army of One directed by Larry Charles and starring Nicolas Cage has been released in November 2016, and Rememory, starring Peter Dinklage and Anton Yelchin, had its world premiere at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. Kayak to Klemtu, directed by Zoe Hopkins premiered at ImagiNATIVE film festival in 2017, receiving the Audience Choice Award. It is scheduled to tour internationally in the Spring/Summer of 2018.Shimmer Lake directed by Oren Uziel and starring Benjamin Walker is available on Netflix.
Every Day, directed by Michael Sucsy, released theatrically in February 2018. The feature documentary about the Global Youth Climate Movement, Another World is Possible, directed by Slater Jewell-Kemker had its world premiere at the Guadalajara International Film Festival in February 2018. Backstabbing For Beginners, a Canada/Denmark co-production starring Ben Kingsley and Theo James premiered on DirecTV in March 2018 and had its theatrical release in April 2018. State Like Sleep starring Katherine Waterston and Michael Shannon premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in April 2018.
22 Chaser, starring Brian J. Smith and Raoul Trujillo, ANON, directed by Andrew Niccol, starring Amanda Seyfried and Clive Owen, How It Endsstarring Theo James and Forest Whitaker, were released earlier this year.
The Prodigy, directed by Nicholas McCarthy starring Taylor Schilling is currently in post-production.
Ethan Lazar is a New York-born film producer with experience spanning independent production, film finance & distribution in Los Angeles, New York and Canada. Prior to relocating to Toronto in 2014, Ethan worked at Exclusive Media, Annapurna Pictures and Worldview Entertainment after starting his career in the mailroom at Management 360.
Ethan works at Scythia Films developing, packaging and producing feature films while leveraging resources on both sides of the border. Recent credits include Backstabbing for Beginners, a Canada-Denmark treaty co-production from director Per Fly starring Theo James & Ben Kingsley and The Witch, winner of the Director Prize at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and two Independent Spirit Awards. He is also active in the Canadian production services space having recently wrapped State Like Sleep starring Katherine Waterston & Michael Shannon.
In 2016, Ethan launched the film financing arm of Toronto-based production company Stellar Citizens which provides bridge loans, tax credit and gap financing for feature films.
Ethan is a graduate of the College of Arts & Sciences at Vanderbilt University.