Vortex Words + Pictures is an award-winning, boutique Canadian production house that is dedicated to surfacing new talent and producing unforgettable independent film and television. Vortex is known for creating compelling, high-quality, content with international appeal.
Founded and operated by iconic Canadian producer Bill Marks in 1982, Vortex got its start as a successful comic book publisher, Vortex Comics, before evolving into Vortex Words + Pictures.
Bill Marks – President
Bill brings over 35 years of industry experience to Vortex and has produced over 30 film and television projects including Casino Jack, starring Kevin Spacey, and Forsaken, starring Kiefer and Donald Sutherland, both of which had Gala Premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival. Other notable projects include Natasha, written & directed by critically acclaimed author David Bezmozgis; A Dark Truth, starring Andy Garcia, Eva Longoria, and Forest Whitaker; Compulsion, starring Heather Graham and Carrie-Anne Moss; Breakout starring Brendan Fraser and Dominic Purcell; Swearnet: The Movie, starring the Trailer Park Boys; Sidney J. Furie’s A Pride of Lions; and A Fighting Man, starring Dominic Purcell, James Caan and Lou Gossett Jr.
Marks also produced global cult favourites like WolfCop and Another WolfCop, its highly anticipated sequel.
Over the last two decades, Susan has worked as a marketing executive for BMG, Sony Wonder, Tower Records, Universal Music and Anchor Bay. During her 12-year run as Executive Director of Marketing/Acquisitions for Anchor Bay Entertainment Canada, notable accomplishments include the release of over 1000 titles into the Canadian retail marketplace, over 100 of which were Canadian acquisitions including the award winning crime series Durham County starring Hugh Dillon, The Soska Sisters’s American Mary, as well as a slate of films from Black Fawn Films including Bite and Let Her Out.
Susan was responsible for the Canadian marketing and retail sales strategy for various TV series, including notable hits like The Walking Dead, Three’s Company and Sesame Street. Film successes include the festival favourite Spring, the cult hit Battle Royale, Tales of Halloween, the 40th Anniversary Edition of Black Christmas and the Halloween Complete Box Set.
Her innovative marketing and advertising strategies built Anchor Bay’s company profile, and consistently delivered results that exceeded expectations. Susan is a champion of new talent, enjoying the energy and ingenuity of the creative people she meets in the independent film community while successfully bringing their projects to the marketplace.
After beginning his career in feature-film sales, Owen has come full circle into the role of heading up International Sales at Vortex following a handful of years being involved with all aspects of business affairs and production finance across nearly all sectors of media & entertainment.
Prior to joining Vortex, Owen handled international sales for Breakthrough Entertainment. Before his roles in international sales, Owen specialized in business affairs, financing and tax incentives for independent film and TV producers, music labels and independent recording artists such as Jully Black, and Canadian rock band Crash Karma. Owen developed his specialty for tax incentives at Global Incentives where he was involved with the Canadian and US tax credits for some of Canada’s and Hollywood’s leading producers including Relativity Media, The Weinstein Company and Lions Gate, and for films such as Zero Dark Thirty, The Host, Riddick and Silver Linings Playbook. Prior to Global Incentives, Owen worked in business affairs and finance for some of Canada’s leading film and television producers, including Capri Films, Darius Films and 9 Story Entertainment.
Courtney has extensive experience in production services including financing, budgeting and delivery. Most recently, she produced the documentary series Neighbourhoods Rising (Working Title) for Bell Canada. In the last year at Vortex Words + Pictures, she has worked on the release of Another WolfCop, Hellmington, What Are You Doing Here?, and is constantly developing fresh concepts with both emerging and experienced filmmakers.
Courtney wants to find and tell resonating stories. She’s looking for innovative ideas combined with layered characters and outstanding dialogue.
Prior to joining Vortex, Courtney completed her MA in Media Production and worked as a freelance writer and crew member.
IN SELECT THEATRES DEC. 1
A forbidden romance between a 16-year-old in Toronto and his cousin by marriage, a 14-year-old girl from Moscow with a scandalous past.
A detective returns home due to the unexpected death of her father and gets entangled in a complex mystery.
Inspired by true events that are too over-the-top, Casino Jack lays bare the escapades of Jack Abramoff (Kevin Spacey).
After abandoning his gun and reputation as a quick-draw killer, John Clayton returns home in hopes of repairing his relationship with his father.