CANADA 2018 I 85 MINS I ENGLISH I TORONTO PREMIERE
CIRCLE OF STEEL
“You never find what you’re lookin’ for, while you’re lookin.” A well made satirical slice of life, about Alberta’s oil fields. As the employees of an oil company grapple with the possibility of layoffs, we see how each of them handle the pressure, not so gracefully, leading to comedic results. A witty reflective multi-character study, in which everyone is just being themselves.
Amidst Alberta’s oil and gas crash of 2015, chemical engineer Wendy Fong (Chantelle Han) is new to Paloma North and unsure of the future she worked so hard for. As rumors of layoffs begin to circulate in her small, isolated team, her monotonous routine crumbles, giving way to ambivalence. Long days in the field and long nights alone begin to take their toll. With support, and often-questionable guidance from her coworkers, Wendy must navigate personal ethics and corporate interest within Canada’s most controversial industry.
Principle casts: Chantelle Han, Duncan Ollerenshaw, and Tina Lameman
Gillian is a Calgary-based filmmaker and an Alberta Foundation For the Arts Young Artist Prize winner. She completed a BSc in Chemical Engineering at the University of Calgary while she practiced filmmaking at the Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers. After she worked concurrently in film and engineering, she decided to focus on cinema. She notably directed the two-season web series The Calgary Collection, the short documentary Where the Sage Brush Grows, and music videos for folk-roots artist Amy Nelson. Her experimental film work on Super 8 and 16mm film is often incorporated into her projects, and heavily informs her aesthetic. Circle of Steel is her first feature film as director.
Producers: Gary Burns and Avi Federgreen, Guillaume Carlier, Robyn Ho, and Gillian McKercher
Editor: Erin St.Clair and Gillian McKercher