CCE Member Profile - Eugene Weis

Eugene Weis has been working as a documentary feature film editor with top directors and industry professionals in the Canadian film business for over 10 years.  His keen sense for storytelling has allowed him to craft films tackling important social issues, which have gone on to accrue numerous awards and accolades.  

Eugene sits on the Board of Directors for the prestigious AluCine Latin Film and Media Arts Festival, is a voting member of the Canadian Academy of Motion Pictures as well as a member of the Canadian Cinema Editors (C.C.E). He studied film production at Ryerson University and won the graduating award for Best Writer with his thesis film Higher Power.

His most recent works include:

Metamorphosis, a searing cinematic vision quest that explores ecological transformation in a time of planetary emergency. Directed by Velcrow Ripper and Nova Ami, produced by the National Film Board Of Canada. 

Magic Pills, a film that focuses on the controversial world of homeopathy. Magic Pills had its World Premiere at the 2017 Illuminate film festival. 

The Forbidden Shore, exposing audiences to over 40 of the top Cuban musicians and explored the controversial realities they face living in Cuba. The film won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary at the 2016 Gasparilla International Film Festival as well as the Audience Choice Award for Best Documentary at the 2016 Edmonton Film Festival.  The Forbidden Shore was officially selected in over 15 international film festivals to date. 

Eugene edited Milk, which explored the issues of infant feeding and the commercialization of birth around the world. Milk premiered at Hotdocs 2015 in the World Showcase category and was nominated for Best Feature Documentary at the 2015 Hollywood Film Festival.  Eugene was nominated for Best Editor at the 2015 Madrid International Film Festival.  Milk has since been presented on over 200 screens around the world.

He also edited The Poet of Havana, following the life and career of Cuban native, Carlos Varela, winner of the Audience Choice Award for Best Documentary at the 2015 Gasparilla International Film Festival as well as the Jury Award for Best Documentary at the 2016 Edmonton International Film Festival. The Poet of Havana aired on HBO in the U.S. and Canada. 

Who The F**K Is Arthur Fogel, A look at the high-octane global live music industry and the quiet man at its center, featuring interviews, performances and appearances by a who's who of stars and insiders; with U2, Madonna, The Police, Lady Gaga, Rush and more. Eugene garnered a nomination for Best Picture Editor by the Canadian Academy of Motion Pictures (2015), and aired on HBO Canada and Epix and Netflix USA.

Select titles from his filmography include: Positive Women: Exposing Injustice with Producer and Director Alison Duke, a film uncovering the facts about the criminalization of HIV positive women living in Canada; Desert Riders with Director Vic Sarin, an exploration of the controversial issue of child trafficking in the UAE; Teaching the Life of Music with Director David New, a film that examines music education as a form of outreach with children living in poverty; Let's Talk About It, which gave Weis the opportunity to work alongside Academy Award nominated director Deepa Mehta; The Forgotten Woman, which won the Best Documentary Award at the Hollywood Film Festival in 2008.