Director's Reel (2020)

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“If we are true to ourselves, we cannot be false to anyone.”

– William Shakespeare

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Shelagh Carter is a Lifetime Member of The Actors Studio as an Actress and Director, and a graduate of the Canadian Film Centre’s Directors Lab in Toronto. As a director, Shelagh has created work for both theatre and film. Night Travellers, her third short film, was a National Screen Institute Drama Prize winner in 2007. Her award winning 35 mm short, One Night, filmed as part of the Canadian Film Centre’s Short Dramatic Film 2009 series, screened at several international film festivals. She has also won world festival recognition with her experimental narrative short films Canoe, Rifting/Blue, and Is It My Turn.

Shelagh’s first feature film called Passionflower, the story of Sarah, an 11-year-old girl, forcing her family to come to terms with her mother’s increasing mental instability, has earned film festival attention and honours. Her indie feature, Before Anything You Say, an innovative drama based on a true story, has won international nominations and awards, most recently Best Manitoba Director 2018 by the DGC.

Her third feature film, Into Invisible Light, has been honoured with several awards and nominations, including the Directors’ Choice Independent Spirit Award at the Sedona International Film Festival 2020, and Best Ladies Illuminate Feature at the LadyFilmmakers Film Festival Los Angeles, October 2020. Most recently, on behalf of the film, Shelagh was awarded Best Director at the Swedish International Film Festival, September 2021.

Shelagh’s most recent feature, a New York City romantic comedy titled Love, Repeat, can be seen on Amazon Prime. The Woman Who Swallowed West Hawk Lake, a psychological horror, and Canadian author David Bergen’s drama The Time in Between, a moving mediation on love and loss, are currently in development.

Shelagh is an alumna of Women In The Director’s Chair, and a member of the Director’s Guild of Canada. A Manitoba resident, she holds dual Citizenship for the US and Canada.

Filmography: The Darkling Plain (short, 1999), Rifting/Blue (short, 2005), Night Travellers (short, 2007), One Night(short, 2009), Resolve (short, 2009), Canoe (short, 2010), Passionflower (feature, 2011), Is It My Turn (short, 2013), Before Anything You Say (feature, 2016), Into Invisible Light (feature, 2018), Love, Repeat (feature, 2020), Missing and Alone (TV movie, 2021).

Click here to view Shelagh’s profile on directors.ca.