Joshua Maheu

Joshua Maheu

Director, Screenwriter and Actor

Montréal, Canada

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September 2019
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About Joshua

I'm a born and raised French-Canadian queer writer who just can't help but share his weird, hard-to-believe, and sometimes hard-to-stomach tales. And with a tumultuous past as an escort, they sure are endless.

A few years ago, I hit a hard patch in my life. Alone in Vancouver. Barely able to afford rent. Indebted by student loans that never got me a job. So, I turned to the only thing I could think of: escorting. Navigating the enticing, seductive and dangerous world of night, as a gay man. I experienced the glamour. I have seen friends disappear. I have helped clients heal. But above all, I have seen comrades fight for a tiny slice of happiness in their lives. As you can imagine, this lit a fire under my ass.

My mission is to showcase these stories. The right way. The good. The bad. True experiences. All from the heart. Stories that can shape the world into a more inclusive place, by showcasing the voices of so many underrepresented souls.

On a lighter note, some thing I'm proud of: I directed a short film, L'Arpège, which has won Best Soundtrack (2020 Reale Film Festival), Best Women's Short Film and a Jury Award (2020 Uruvatti International Film Festival) and my first TV script, Sugar, managed to be a second rounder at the Austin Film Festival, placed as Semifinalist in a few noteworthy competitions and is showcased on Coverfly's Red List.

Loglines

  • Vixen

    Vixen Budget: $5M - $10M | Romance Thriller Living on the edge of society, a gay escort prowls Montreal's Red Light District, at turns flirting with disaster and perhaps love, in this bold underworld thriller.

Credits

  • L'Arpège

    L'Arpège (2019 - 2020)
    Film by VFS Productions (Drama and Short) Writer & Director After locking herself from the outside world, Élyse, a former deaf pianist, begins to perceive the sounds around her as rays of colour. Yet, this gift is not as radiant as it seems. Through connection and love, Élyse navigates the treacherous waters of confidence and true happiness.

  • Sugar

    Sugar (2020)
    Series by VFS Productions (Drama) Creator & Director

  • A Prey's Prayer

    A Prey's Prayer (2019)
    Film by VFS Productions (Horror and Short) Dolly Assistant Felix wakes up in a room he doesn't know with his fiancee Faith being the only reliable source at his disposal - or is she not.

  • The Other

    The Other (2019)
    Film by VFS Productions (Drama and Short) Second Assistant Camera Emily has had a rough life plagued with sadness and misfortune but now she will have to face it in the form of "The Other" whether she survives or not will be up to her.

  • Can Someone Hear Me?

    Can Someone Hear Me? (2019)
    Film by VFS Productions (Sci-Fi) Production manager

  • Within Reach

    Within Reach (2019)
    Film by VFS Productions (Drama and Short) Production manager

  • Order of the Sword

    Order of the Sword (2019)
    Film Set decorator

  • Jacki Vaupshas: S.u.g.a.r.

    Jacki Vaupshas: S.u.g.a.r. (2017)
    Film by Concordia Productions Director Embark on a blast to the past in this burlesque inspired short film. Through prissy smiles, obnoxious laughter and delectable pot roasts, come enjoy the reality that is the suburban diner party. Set in the 1950s, the protagonist (Sugar) shares a performance in both conflicting realities. Amidst the flaky and fake, she will strip away (quite literally) from their repressed sentiments.

Awards

  • Coverfly's Red List
    (2022)

  • Top 100 - Table Read My Screenplay - Genre Screenplay
    (2022)

  • Second Rounder - ISA Fast Track Fellowship
    (2022)

  • Semifinalist - Emerging Screenwriters Genre Screenplay Competition
    (2022)

  • Quarterfinalist - True Story/Biopic Screenwriting Contest
    (2022)

  • Semifinalist - Screencraft's TV Pilot Script Competition
    (2021)

  • Finalist at the 2021 Oaxaca Pitch Fest
    (2021)

  • Second Rounder - Launch Pad Pilot Competition
    (2021)

  • Second Rounder - Austin Film Festival
    (2021)

  • Semifinalist - Stage 32 TV Writing Contest
    (2021)

  • Honorable Mention - ISA Virtual Pitch Competition
    (2021)

  • Semifinalist - ISA Genre Busting Competition
    (2021)

  • Coverfly's Red List
    (2021)

  • Semifinalist - Screencraft Virtual Pitch Competition
    (2021)

  • Top 100 - Table Read My Screenplay - Genre TV Script
    (2021)

  • "Best Short Film Finalist" at the 2020 Eurasia Fest International Film Festival
    (2020)

  • "Best Short Film Finalist" at the 2020 1904 Deaf Film Festival
    (2020)

  • "Audience Choice Award Finalist" at the 2020 1904 Deaf Film Festival
    (2020)

  • "Best TV Script Finalist" at the 2020 Wiki Screenplay Contest
    (2020)

  • "Best Soundtrack Winner" at the 2020 Reale Film Festival
    (2020)

  • "Best Women's Short Film Winner" at the 2020 Uruvatti Film Festival
    (2020)

  • "Best Student Film Jury Award" at the 2020 Uruvatti Film Festival
    (2020)

  • "Best Short Film Finalist" at the 2019 Florence Film Awards
    (2019)

  • "Bronze Award" Laureate for the North American Film Awards
    (2017)

Education

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