First time feature film writer/director, Gillian McKercher, will be on hand for a Q&A to let us know how much of the story is based on her career in the oil/gas industry and to provide insight on the development of film in Canada.
Gillian is a Calgary¬‐based filmmaker and an Alberta Foundation For the Arts Young Artist Prize winner. She completed a BSc in Chemical Engineering at the University of Calgary while she practiced filmmaking at the Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers. After she worked concurrently in film and engineering, she decided to focus on cinema and has since directed music videos, short documentaries, and interdisciplinary pieces. Her most recent work is the feature film Circle of Steel, which has shown at festivals throughout Canada and the United States, and won an Audience Favourite Award at the 2018 Calgary International Film Festival. Her experimental film work on Super 8 and 16mm film is often incorporated into her projects, and heavily informs her aesthetic.