MORTEN PARKER

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PARKER--Morten, film director, writer, producer, and educator, beloved by his family and friends, passed away in New York City on May 26th. He had some fifty documentary and narrative films almost all of which he wrote and directed to his credit. His numerous, distinguished national and international awards included: two Academy Award nominations; First Prize, Venice Film Festival; four CINE Golden Eagle Awards; two First Awards and Film of the Year Award, Canadian Film Awards; and First Prize, Associated Film Writers Competition. Mr. Parker was a former senior producer-director at the National Film Board of Canada and later co-founded Parker Film Associates with his wife, filmmaker Gudrun Bjerring Parker (Officer of the Order of Canada). He served as a United Nations Expert in Film Production and, for three years, was UNESCO Film Advisor to the State of Israel. He further served as Special Advisor on Communications to the Prime Minister of Jamaica. In the political field, Mr. Parker directed, wrote and produced films, TV spots and radio spots, often serving as general media manager, for political campaigns. The Paley Center for Media, New York City, has his political work in its permanent collection. He was Associate Professor of Film at New York University, where he was awarded the NYU Award for Teaching Excellence, and held the same position at CUNY. Engaged and involved until the end of his life creating, writing, teaching, mentoring - Mr. Parker had begun principal photography on a new film with his producing partner and friend, Paula Orndoff. He is survived by his wife Gudrun Parker, his daughter Julia Parker and her husband Edward Struzik all of Edmonton, Alberta; his daughter Martha Parker and her husband Adam Gopnik of New York City; and grandchildren Jacob, Sigrid, Luke and Olivia. Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, he would have been 95 on July 27.

Published in The New York Times on July 13, 2014
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