Brian M. Cassidy and Melanie Shatzky (Canada)

The films of Brian M. Cassidy and Melanie Shatzky have screened at the Sundance, Berlin, Toronto and Rotterdam film festivals, MoMA, the National Gallery of Art, ICA London and Lincoln Center. Cassidy and Shatzky have won awards at several festivals including the European Media Art Festival, Chicago, New Orleans, Athens, Planete Doc Review in Warsaw, and RIDM in Montreal. In 2012, the duo was nominated for a Gotham Award for Breakthrough Director. Their most recent films are the documentaryThe Patron Saints and the dramatic feature Francine, starring Academy Award winner Melissa Leo.

Pigeon Projects was founded in 2005 as a means of producing the uncompromising fiction and non-fiction films of Brian M. Cassidy and Melanie Shatzky. Living comfortably at the margins of documentary and narrative cinema, works created by Pigeon Projects forgo conventional storytelling methods in order to accommodate stark imagery, elusive characters and a deadpan realism.


  • Fish Kill Flea
    51', USA, 2007
  • The Delaware Project
    14', USA, 2007
  • God Provides
    9', USA, 2007
  • The Patron Saints
    72', USA, 2011
  • Francine
    74', USA, 2012

Doc Alliance Members

Doc Alliance is a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.