Trish Dolman started producing in the mid-1990’s with award-winning short films and documentary television. She founded Screen Siren in Vancouver in 1997, and has carved out a niche in Western Canada as a notable feature film, documentary and television producer. Flower & Garnet, the first feature she produced premiered at TIFF, Berlin and numerous international film festivals and won the Claude Jutra award for best first feature film amongst many other awards. Following this success, she produced the 2006 feature length Gemini nominated musical drama The Score for the CBC and the 2007 television movie Luna: Spirit of the Whale for CTV. She then produced Sook-Yin Lee’s first feature Year of the Carnivore which opened TIFF’s Canada First!
Joining forces with producer Christine Haebler in 2000, the duo then produced Daydream Nation, a feature film starring Kat Dennings, Reece Thompson, Josh Lucas and Andie McDowell and Foreverland, starring Max Thieriot, Laurence LeBeouf, Sarah Wayne Callies and Oscar nominees Demian Bichir.
Part of Screen Siren’s success is a result of a pedigreed reputation as a partner in international co-productions. Haebler and Dolman’s last feature film, Hector and the Search for Happiness, was a Germany/Canada co-production with the Egoli Tossel, and Wild Bunch. Hector was directed by Peter Chelsom and stars Simon Pegg, Rosamund Pike, Toni Collette, Stellan Skarsgaard, Jean Reno and Christopher Plummer. It was released in the U.K, bought and released by Relativity in the U.S.A. and eOne in Canada, and screened at TIFF 2014.
Trish and Screen Siren have also produced numerous other award-winning documentaries, television and series including: Some Kind of Love, a feature by Thomas and Sumner Burstyn (This Way of Life) which won the Hot Docs pitch prize, was theatrically released across Canada in June of 2015 and broadcast on Shaw, Knowledge, SVT and YLE, Britannia Beach (NFB, CTV and TVOntario), Michael Mason’s The Friendship Village (Executive Producer), the Gemini- nominated Drawing Out the Demons: A Film About the Artist Attila Richard Lukacs (for Bravo! And TVO), the four part Gemini nominated documentary series Girl Racers (sold to AETN), Breaking Ranks with the NFB and CanWest Global and Reservation Soldiers for CTV, APTN, SCN and Knowledge. Previously Dolman wrote and directed Eco-Pirate: The Story of Paul Watson, a passion project that screened at over 25 doc festivals across the world, winning awards at three, including Hot Docs. Trish has completed several international treaty co-productions, including the Banff Rockie nominated Ice Girls with the BBC and CTV in 2001, which she also directed. Most recently, she co- produced Mark Cousin’s The First Movie, a UK/Canada co-production for C4 and Knowledge which was nominated for a 2010 Banff Rockie for Arts Documentary and won the prestigious Prix Italia. Screen Siren also coproduced Ben Lewis’ Hammer & Tickle for the BBC and ARTE.
In 2016, Dolman is producing with director Mark Achbar, writer Joel Bakan and producer Betsy Carson, The New Corporation, a follow up to the most successful documentary in Canadian history. She is also the director of Canada in a Day based on Scott Free’s Life in a Day, for Bell Media and Canada’s 150th Anniversary.
In 2003, Trish was the youngest recipient ever to be awarded Woman of the Year from Women in Film and Video Vancouver. She was also honoured as Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin La Grand Dame 2003 Woman of Distinction. In 2010, Trish was named one of the 100 Most Influential Women in British Columbia by the Vancouver Sun.
In her spare time Trish creates sculptural art and is a regular attendee of Burning Man, an annual arts festival in Nevada. She is also an avid outdoors person- skiing, snowboarding, running, hiking and rock climbing – as well as a former mountain search and rescue volunteer. She is also the very proud mother of her five and a half year-old son, Aspen.