The paths of active idealists also fascinate us. Extraordinary individuals have inspired us to make several films, such as Step Up!, about a young dancer’s journey from losing a foot to dancing with Baryshnikov, and the theatrically released Travelling Light, following five nomadic artists’ remarkable lives.
We have produced films in other genres as well: fiction, such as The Ring, The Hat and Prometheus, and dance films like the seven episodes of The Three Marias. The poetic Hand to Hand was commissioned by the Vancouver Winter Olympics to be viewed by a vast public.
Our films have been seen on all continents and have won dozens of international festival awards.
Tamás Wormser was born and raised in Budapest, Hungary. In 1986 he moved to Canada, where he completed the Film Production program at Concordia University.
In 1989 Wormser founded Artesian Films. His first professional work was THE THREE MARIAS, a series of seven feminist themed dance films, shown on Canadian and Hungarian TV. His documentary FACES OF THE HAND, was broadcasted in over 40 countries and received widespread critical acclaim.
In 1998 he made the fiction film THE RING. His festival favorite STEP UP! followed a dancer, having lost a foot, to dance with Baryshnikov. CBC’s Magazine, Canada’s most watched documentary program, ZDF ARTE and others presented it.
In 2003 he completed THE BALL OF THEIR LIVES, about Hungarian-Canadian galas, the biggest debutante balls in North America, and in 2006, TOUCHED BY WATER a film shot in 13 countries about bathing traditions and water-rituals. The film was presented at numerous festivals, TV stations and events around the globe.
His 2008 production, the “charming and intoxicating” TRAVELLING LIGHT is a theatrical documentary on modern-day nomadic artists. “Captivating… blurs the distinction between art and life” praised the media. The film won several awards, just like HAND TO HAND, the Vancouver Cultural Olympiad commissioned short film, viewed by millions around the world.
In 2014, Wormser completed THE WANDERING MUSE, a feature documentary film and web site that explores Jewish identity through the music of the diaspora. The film had a theatrical run in Canada, and screened around the globe.
Shalom Putti, his latest feature film on an Orthodox Jewish community in Uganda, was released in 2022 is on the festival circuit and has won several awards.
Tamás is presently developing several documentary and fiction projects.