Mani Nasry has been interested in film since an early age. Mani was raised and groomed in Canada, his mindset and lifestyle have always been different, which gave him a strive to do better and work harder. He worked with many acting teachers to polish his skills, it was in high school where he found a deeper interest for film that led him to New York and Los Angeles.
After completing his High School Diploma at Rosedale Heights S. S, he headed to New York to study at H.B Studio, Stella Adler Studio of Acting, Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute and at the Actors Studio in New York founded by Elia Kazan, now operated by Al Pacino & Ellen Burstyn. He also spent 2 years working with various acting teacher in Los Angeles such as Sharon Chatten, Eric Morris and Allan Miller.
The journey to where Mani Nasry is today was not easy, with that, he has channeled it in everything he does to this day.
Mani Nasry played various challenging roles in various short films at colleges and universities such as Sheridan, Humber and York University. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree of Fine Arts in Cinema Studies at Ryerson University.
Mani Nasry got his ACTRA card in 2002 by landing his first major role, a $5 million film called The Glow with well-known actors such as Dean Cain and Portia De Ross.
He also appeared in dozens of acclaimed projects, ranging from mainstream Hollywood fare such as Covert Affairs, The L.A. Complexand Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium to acclaimed independent projects such as Galaxy Donuts, The Babysitter, In The Pin We Trust and 482-LOVE. As a writer, director and producer, he is proud to include the heralded shorts Caroline, Disconnect, Circus, Silence of Death and Terminal among my many credits.
Nasry is without question one of Canada’s most prodigiously gifted and accomplished artist. As a producer, director, actor who has long since established himself as one of the industry’s foremost talents. The authenticity and life he brings to each and every role is what makes him outstanding. Nasry has studied acting, directing and producing for over 20 years. He approaches his work with extraordinary commitment and passion, his perseverance and dedication is what keeps him going.
He currently completed his first feature film called we, which took over 5 years to make. The film follows Ethan, a man with big ambitions and an even bigger heart as he searches for love in the years following the death of his parents. Mani Nasry brought authenticity and life to the leading character of Ethan. He not only acted in it but also directed and produced the film. He imbued a character with layers and complexities that allowed for the audience to empathize with him and root for him. The film was fully improvised on a 200 page script. Mani Nasry is a master improviser, working with uncertainties and inherent risk to create a fresh and invigorating performance not only from himself but helping all actors accomplish the same results, the work electrified the entire production.
His first feature film we which he acted in and produced has joined the international film festival circuit and has provided to be a bona fide success. The film has been selected to screen as an official selection at several highly distinguished festivals including the Indian Cine Film Festival, where it won Best Feature Film, and the Desert Edge Global Film Festival, where Mani Nasry won Best Leading Actor in a motion picture. Needless to say, I expect the film will continue to succeed critically and commercially thanks to Mani Nasry incredible leading work.
Awards & Nominations:
Desert Edge Global Film Festival
Winner – Best Performance By An Actor In a Leading Role
Toronto International Nollywood Film Festival
Winner – Best International Actor
Hollywood North Film Awards – Nominated – Best Performance
Top Indie Film Awards – Nominated – Best Actor
CTV – Interview with Henri Burris