MAWD stands for “Mother Actress Woman Director” and is the brainchild film company of Helen Shaver.
Helen has countless years in front and behind the camera. She has directed hundreds of television hours ranging from Law & Order: SVU to Castle to The Unit to Outer Limits. Her film Summer’s End, a Showtime feature starring James Earl Jones, won multiple Emmy Awards including for Best Picture, Best Actor and Helen was nominated for directing. Her producing cedits include Judging Amy for CBS, Showtime’s Due East starring Cybill Shepherd and Robert Forsters, and the independent feature We All Fall Down, for which she also received a Best Supporting Actress award.
It was Martin Scorsese who first suggested Helen direct. Working with him and other such greats as Steven Spielberg, Robert Rodrigquez, Sam Peckinpah, Brian De Palma, Helen amassed a wealth of experience in the collaborative world of cinemaic stroytelling.
Helen first appeared on the silver screen at 22 years old, starring in a series of award-winning Canadian films. She won Best Supporting Actress for Who Has Seen The Wind and Best Actress for In Praise of Older Women. Hollywood took note and in 1977 she co-starred in the original Amityville Horror directed by Stuart Rosenberg. She further broadened her education starring in Larry Gelbert’s United States, Martin Scorses’s The Color of Money, John Schlesinger’s The Believers, Donna Deitch’s Desert Hearts, Andrew Fleming’s The Craft and head to China with Donald Sutherland to realize Bethune: The Making of a Hero.
Helen is currently Co-Executive Producer/Director of the television series The Firm (NBC, Sony International, Global) starring Josh Lucas, Mollie Parker, Juliette Lewis and Callum Keith Rennie.