There is this moment after you a film premiere, when you turn the lights on and you can see the people’s reaction to your film before they get their composure. That moment is when you know if you have touched people or not. The most important thing about being a filmmaker is to be a good storyteller. I like stories about the North, and some come in French, some in English.
I am foremost an activist and the issues of social justice are paramount to what I do as a documentary filmmaker.
My first film was completed in 2003; Western Arctic Moving Pictures, Yellowknife's film co-op, helped me get my start. It was the right time, the right story. I thought it would be a one-time thing but I decided to keep going. There are so many wonderful stories and important issues to tell here, how could I stop?
When I decided to leave my big government job and follow my heart I did not really know where it would lead me. . I felt I needed to start with a clean slate and let my life fill up with new and different passions. I didn’t know filmmaking would be that, or anything artistic for that matter. It speaks to the importance of being open to life.
One of the things I like the most about the film community here is we are not in competition with each other and we have all found our niche. Artists give life to a community and that unique role is not often recognized. People may move here for the job opportunities, but it is nature, , culture and the artistic community that make them stay, it has more of an impact than people might think.