In 2009, SACHA GERVASI (Directed by) wrote and directed the
acclaimed documentary ANVIL! THE STORY OF ANVIL, which The New
Yorker critic Anthony Lane referred to as "the most stirring release
of the year," while The London Times called it "the greatest movie
ever made about rock 'n' roll." The story traces
the influential career of the band Anvil, once hailed the demigods
of the Canadian heavy metal scene, and their last-ditch quest for
elusive fame and fortune. For ANVIL, THE STORY OF ANVIL, Gervasi
won Best Documentary at the 2010 Independent Spirit Awards and was
nominated by the DGA for Outstanding Directorial Achievement. The
film also won the 2010 Emmy Award for "Outstanding Arts and Culture
Program" as well as being shortlisted by many critics groups around
the country as one of the best documentaries of the year. As a
teenager in London in 1981, Gervasi had befriended Anvil when they
played at the famed Marquee Club, and eventually became a roadie for
the band on three tours. After being taught how to play the drums by
Anvil's Robb Reiner, Gervasi played with several London bands, and
later became one of the founding members of the rock group Bush.
After working for British Poet Laureate Ted Hughes, Gervasi
moved to Los Angeles in 1995 to attend the graduate screenwriting
program at UCLA's film school, where he twice won the BAFTA LA
scholarship. While in the program, he supported himself by working
as a journalist, writing for newspapers and magazines. He was later
appointed the Hunter/Zakin screenwriting chair at UCLA and taught
there in the spring of 2009.
Gervasi got his start in film after penning THE BIG TEASE,
which he co-wrote with Craig Ferguson, and later went on to write
THE TERMINAL, which was directed by Steven Spielberg in 2004 and
starring Tom Hanks. He also wrote and executive produced the film
HENRY'S CRIME, starring Keanu Reeves, James Caan and Vera Farmiga.
Gervasi is currently attached to write and direct a biopic
about actor HervE Villechaize, based on Gervasi's own interviews
with the diminutive Frenchman, conducted only days before the actor
committed suicide in 1993.
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