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CATHERINE BRUHIER BIO & PHOTO

THE SACRIFICE
 
22:00 TRT
Drama-Inspired by a True Story
Ethnic/Cultural Romance
OK Premiere
 
CATHERINE BRUHIER
Writer, Producer, Director, Actor
Executive Producers-Bay Springs Productions, Inc., Campbell and Lorraine McIntyre
Co-Producer-John O'Rourke
Cinematographer-Jay Ferguson
Editor-Travis Rust
Music Composer-Andy Marshall
BREAKING GROUND PRODUCTIONS
Studio City, CA
 
KEY ACTORS: CATHERINE BRUHIER, STEVEN PACINI, HENRIETTE IVANANS, RACHAEL CRAWFORD
 
After a disturbing visit with a fortuneteller, Clara makes the unthinkable choice to sacrifice her love. Clara's  journey is a testament to, what can happen when we let our fears get the best of us instead of following our hearts.

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THE SACRIFICE marks Catherine Bruhier's debut as a director and the first project out of her newly co-founded production company BREAKING GROUND PRODUCTIONS, an independent production company devoted to diversity in filmmaking.  Catherine was born in Belize, Central America, her family immigrated to the east coast of Canada where she was raised.  After high school, Catherine moved to Toronto where she completed her formal education.  A graduate of the Theatre Program at George Brown College, she also attended classes at both York University and the University of Toronto. 
 
Recently, Catherine has studied in Los Angeles with renowned coach and director, Jim Pasterak in his The Art & Technique of Film Directing Workshop and his Private Consulting and Coaching Workshop.  Her career to date over the last 13 years has been mainly as an actor.  Performing in leading and supporting roles in theatres across Canada, most notably: the Shaw Festival; the Grand Theatre London; the Factory Theatre; Theatre New Brunswick and in the Dora awarded production of the play for youth, Carrying the Calf
 
TV and film credits include, a combination of guest starring and series regular roles on programs both in Canada and the United States.  Most recognizable as Elaine Besbriss on the Gemini awarded primetime Alliance/CTV/CBS series, Due South (a role she played for 3 seasons on Due South which aired in 62 countries weekly and continues to run in syndication). 
 
Most visible to young audiences would be 2 seasons of co-hosting the widely popular childrens series The Polka Dot Door, which has also aired in various countries around the world.  Other programs include: Frasier, recurring on Port Charles, Family Law, Highlander: The Raven, Forever Knight, E.N.G., among others.  Film credits include: a leading role in Bram Stokers Shadowbuilder starring Michael Rooker and Leslie Hope.
 
One of Catherine's earlier achievements was a 2 person play she did on the main stage of Theatre New Brunswick: David French's SALT-WATER MOON, directed by playwright Sharon Pollock, and co-starring the delightful Eric McCormack of current "Will & Grace" fame.  Being a minority as the female lead, the play was considered untraditional
casting.  Based on her experience in SALT-WATER MOON, she wrote an article called "DARKNESS VISIBLE", that was published in THEATRUM
MAGAZINE.
  (Sept. 1990 issue).  The article went on to be republished in part by Prentice Hall Canada as an inspirational piece for students, grade 7 to 9, in a school textbook entitled PLAY MAKING MAGAZINE. 
 
Ms. Bruhier was invited to be a member of the jury, of the Canadian ACADEMY OF CINEMA AND TELEVISION in 1995 (for which she helped choose the performers to be nominated for the Gemini Awards that year).  She is a member of C.A.E.A. (Canadian Actors Equity Association) and S.A.G. (Screen Actors Guild of America).  She has also been a member of Women in Film (Toronto) and L.I.F.T. (the Liason of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto).
 
Having returned from her wedding and filming episodes of 1-800-MISSING and SOUL FOOD all in Toronto, Catherine is currently residing in Los Angeles where she recently appeared on the CBS sitcom Yes Dear, is in development on her feature length screenplay (a romantic comedy called Sinners) and in pre-production on the 1st  feature to come out of BREAKING GROUND PRODUCTIONS, called The Corridor written by co-founder and husband Steven Pacini.