Beitel is a Montreal based documentary filmmaker. His probing portraits
of individuals and communities have been broadcast on Canadian television
for over 20 years, winning national and international awards. He works
primarily in Canada both in English and French - but has also made
films in West Africa, South America and Mexico. His acclaimed Bonjour!
Shalom! won three Gémeaux awards including Best Quebec Documentary
(1991). More recently, Vive le Québec
nominated for a Gémeau (2004) for best direction in a public affairs
documentary and The Man Who Learned to Fall won two Freddie Awards at
the International Health and Medical Media Awards (2005).
has participated in numerous peer juries for the Canada Council,
the Genies and the Rencontres internationales du documentaire de Montréal.
He is an external script reader for the SODEC and an external project
evaluator for the NFB. He has conducted workshops in documentary filmmaking
for the Canadian Screen Training Centre and the Quebec Writers Federation.
He was the filmmaker jurist in 2003 for the selection of documentaries
for the Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois.
Garry has an MA in Film and Communications from McGill University where he has been a Faculty Lecturer (since 1988) teaching courses on Documentary Film and Cultural Studies.