Susan started her film career in 1978 from the lowest rung, an office driver. Fifteen years later, she was a Line Producer on features. In between, she learned the nuts and bolts of real filmmaking, working on many Canadian feature films as a sound recordist, sound editor, picture editor and Post-Production Supervisor. She made the move to production management and TV simultaneously, working on the first English prime time TV series shot in Montreal, 1on to Line Producer two Feature Films.
After starting her family, it was time to step back and create a way to work on her own terms. In 1994 she pioneered the field of Professional Representation in Montreal by starting Blitz Management with one Director of Photography. It has been a thriving enterprise for 14 years with clients including Directors, Directors of Photography, Producers, Production Designers and Writers.
Susan has also created a television series optioned by Malofilm and developed in conjunction with Malo-Behaviour Films and co-writer, Leila Basen. The Montreal based company CineGroupe later optioned “Time Cruiser”. The rights have currently reverted to the Partnership of Schneir-Basen.
In her former partnership, Tribute Films (2005-2007), Susan’s responsibility in Business affairs lead them to access development financing for its various projects from SODEC, Telefilm, HGF, CTV Cogeco, Corus Entertainment, Telefilm Canada and Film New Brunswick. Susan has taken her personal projects through Tribute Films and moved them to Suki Films Inc. Where she has been developing and producing independent feature films.
Her latest film "Darwin" is just completing post production and looking towards a spring 2016 release
Name: Susan Schneir
Lives in: Montréal, Canada
Company: Suki Films
Occupation: Business Affairs Consultant and Producer
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The Good Lie
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The Boy in Blue
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Murder in Space
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