Gail Maurice

Gail Maurice is a Métis-Canadian filmmaker and actor. She was raised in a small village in Saskatchewan, where she learned traditional ways - and the Métis traditional language Michif/Cree - from her grandmother. Maurice is now one of the few who still speak Michif. Maurice's motivation to leave village life was education. Maurice wrote, directed and produced her first video, Little Indians, in February 2004. Little Indians was screened at the ImagineNATIVE film festival in Toronto, as well as film festivals in Russia, Palm Springs and Moose Factory. Several other short videos and films followed, including Memory in Bones which was screened at the Inside/Out film festival and Smudge, a short documentary which aired on the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Company) and was screened at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival.

Since then, she wrote five narrative screenplays, 5 documentaries and a 13 part music series. She’s hoping to get a television series next. Her film Weetigo was premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2013. She was one of six women invited to attend the prestigious Women in the Director’s Chair in Banff. She performed at the Sydney Opera House to a standing ovation. She was a panelist on Indigenous filmmaking at the Beijing Art Museum and was an invited speaker on social cohesion & inclusion in Canadian Society at Privy Council. Gail founded Assini Productions Inc. to produce quality Indigenous films. Her films have screened at such festivals as: Sundance, Smithsonian’s Native American film + video festival, San Francisco’s American Indian Film Festival & the ImagineNative film & media arts festival.

Presentation at Pix Film Productions by "Colectivo Toronto", Toronto, Canada.