Gordie Haakstad is an Edmonton-based, award-winning filmmaker who was born in Grande Prairie. He graduated with Honours from the University of Southern California’s School of Cinema-Television. In 2012, he directed the feature-length film, ABEL’S FIELD starring Kevin Sorbo and Samuel Davis which was released on DVD by Sony Pictures. He taught cinematography and editing at the New York Film Academy and the Introduction to Video Production course (DD1082) at Grande Prairie Regional College. Gordie has been involved with the Reel Shorts Film Festival since 2013 when he judged the Screenwriting Competition and taught the Editing for Filmmakers workshop. He has helped create industrial, short and feature-length projects, notably as director on the award-winning shorts films ANYONE OUT THERE and THE SOUVENIR, both of which screened at the fest.
Dominique Keller is a documentary director based in Calgary, Alberta. She has directed documentaries set in Canada, the US, France, Kenya, Bangladesh and India. Dominique’s projects include several documentaries and documentary series created for clients including CBC, PBS, City TV, The Food Network, NFB and APTN. Dominique’s films have screened at over 100 festivals worldwide and premiered on Bravo, CBC and APTN. Dominique was honored to represent Canada as an artist at both the Beijing Olympics and the Shanghai World Expo. Currently Dominique is working on a feature documentary that follows Alberta and BC’s Search and Rescue Volunteers for CBC and is in development with the NFB on another documentary about late in life romance.