Gemini Award winning Director Maya Gallus's most recent film, The Mystery of Mazo de la Roche, a hybrid documentary about the notoriously private author of Jalna and The Whiteoaks of Jalna, premiered in 2012, at Festival des Films Sur L'Art, followed by Hot Docs, Inside Out and Yorkton. The film, written and directed by Maya, is a co-production with the National Film Board of Canada, and has been nominated for several awards.
Prior to that, her most recent documentary, Dish- Women, Waitressing & the Art of Service, premireed at Hot Docs 2010. The film became a ‘festival favourite’ with three sold out screenings and continues to screen at international film festivals, including One World International Human Rights Film Festival, Dok Leipzig, Bergen International Film Festival, Cuenca Women in Direction Film Festival, RIDM in Montreal, St John’s International Women’s Film Festival, Citizen Jane and the Vermont International Film Festival in the U.S.,
In 2008 Maya won the Gemini for Best Direction In A Documentary for her feature-length documentary, Girl Inside. She was also nominated for the prestigious Donald Brittain Award for Best Social Political Documentary. The film premiered at Hot Docs and launched the 2007 season of TVO’s The View From Here. Girl Inside screened at numerous film festivals including DOXA, the Atlantic Film Festival, New Fest, Frameline, St John’s International Women’s Festival and Ladyfest (UK).
Gallus’s provocative feature-length documentary Erotica: A Journey Into Female Sexuality premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and screened at international festivals including the Melbourne Film Festival, MostraRIO, Rio de Janeiro, the Feminale Festival in Germany, the Fetisch Film Festival in France, and others. Erotica played theatrically in Toronto, San Francisco, San Sebastian and Tokyo and was broadcast in Canada, the U.S. and internationally. Erotica was nominated for a Genie for Best Feature-Length Documentary and for Best Arts Documentary at Hot Docs.
Maya Gallus’s first film, Elizabeth Smart: On The Side of the Angels, premiered at the Montreal World Film Festival, and screened at the Toronto International Film Festival, the Boston Museum of Fine Art, Canada House, UK, Festival des Films Sur L’Art, and others. On The Side of the Angels won Best Production of the Festival, Best Documentary and Best Editing at the Yorkton Golden Sheaf Awards, as well as Best Narration at the Atlantic Film Festival and was nominated for a Gemini for Best Direction. On The Side of the Angels was broadcast internationally on YLE, SBS, Canal 22, Ovation, US Slovak TV, Optus as well as CBC, Bravo! , SCN and is being rebroadcast on Knowledge and TVO.
Other credits include the critically acclaimed six part series Punch Like a Girl - for which she and co-director Justine Pimlott received two Gemini Nominations for Best Direction. As well, she co-produced and wrote Justine Pimlott’s award-winning documentary, Fag Hags: Women Who Love Gay Men and co-produced Pimlott’s ever-popular Cat City.
Photo credit: Cylla Von Tiedemann