Francis Damberger is an award-winning filmmaker who hangs his hat on a ranch in Tofield, Alberta, where he is the president of The Damberger Film and Cattle Co. Francis is a graduate of the BFA Acting Program at the University of Alberta. He has worked as an actor in film, television and the stage. In 1985, Francis turned his talents to filmmaking. His first film On the Edge, a drama about teenage suicide, won awards around the world. His first feature film Solitaire, swept the Alberta Film and Television Awards, received four Genie nominations, won a Genie award for Best Supporting Actor, and Francis was nominated for Best Original Screenplay. Solitaire was also invited to several film festivals, including the prestigious Cannes TV Festival. Francis' second feature film Road to Saddle River was well received and the Toronto Star called it "perhaps the best Canadian film of the year!" Among his many other credits, Francis has directed episodes of Due South, Tom Stone, Jake and the Kid, Honey I Shrunk the Kids, So Weird, Mentors, AD. 2030, and Caitlin's Way. He also directed the CBC TV Movie Trial By Fire, a North of 60 mystery. Francis used the beautiful South Saskatchewan River valley as the backdrop for his third feature film Heart of the Sun. Recently Francis acted as Producer, Associate Director and 2nd Unit Director on the epic WWI film Passchendaele.