Daniel Iron (Producer)
After graduating from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1987, Daniel Iron was legal counsel at Telefilm Canada for five years. He then joined and eventually became a partner at Rhombus Media where he produced several acclaimed feature films: Long Day’s Journey Into Night, directed by David Wellington; the award-winning Last Night, directed by Don McKellar; McKellar’s Childstar; as well as co-producing the Oscar-winning The Red Violin from Francois Girard. Iron also executive produced Guy Maddin’s Saddest Music in the World, Jennifer Baichwal’s acclaimed documentary, Let It Come Down: The Life of Paul Bowles, and Peter Wellington’s Luck. At Rhombus, Iron was also producer on numerous television productions including: The Four Seasons and Don Giovanni Unmasked, two performing arts films; the Gemini-nominated series Foreign Objects, written and directed by Ken Finkleman; Stormy Weather: The Music of Harold Arlen, a performance/documentary directed by Larry Weinstein; Elizabeth Rex, a television film based on Timothy Findley’s play; the acclaimed Slings and Arrows, a six part comedic television series; and Beethoven’s Hair, a documentary directed by Larry Weinstein.
In January 2004, Daniel left Rhombus to create his own production company, Foundry Films Inc. In 2005, Foundry produced Northern Town, a CBC series set and shot in the Yukon, It’s Me Gerald, a six half-hour series for Showcase and Last Exit, a TV movie with CTV directed by John Fawcett. In 2006, Iron produced the highly acclaimed Manufactured Landscapes, a theatrical documentary on acclaimed photographer, Edward Burtynsky, which was directed by Jennifer Baichwal and won a slew of awards: Best Canadian Film at the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival; the Toronto Film Critics Association Award for Best Canadian Film of 2006 and Best Documentary of 2006; as well a Genie for Best Documentary. Foundry partnered with Jennifer Baichwal on her next documentary, Act of God, which was the opening night film for Hot Docs 2009.
Daniel has also produced Sarah Polley’s debut feature, Away From Her, starring Julie Christie and Olympia Dukakis, which was released in the US by Lionsgate in May 2007 and garnered six Gemini Awards and two Academy Award Nominations. In 2008, Daniel produced Cairo Time, written and directed by Ruba Nadda and starring Patricia Clarkson and Alexander Siddig, which won Best Canadian Feature Film at TIFF 2009. In 2009, he produced The Bang Bang Club, starring Ryan Phillippe, Taylor Kitsch and Malin Akerman, a South-African/Canadian co-production written and directed by Steven Silver, and in 2010 he executive produced TIFF 2011’s Best Canadian First Feature Film Award Winner, Edwin Boyd. Daniel’s most recent productions, which both premiered at TIFF 2012r, are Picture Day (executive producer), written and directed by Kate Melville starring Tatiana Maslany, and Inescapable (producer), a thriller written and directed by Ruba Nadda starring Alexander Siddig, Marisa Tomei, and Joshua Jackson. He is currently developing numerous other television and film productions.