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Gail Singer

Gail Singer is a writer and filmmaker from Toronto, Canada. She has produced, directed or written nearly two dozen films of various genres; feature length fiction and documentary, television, and IMAX; on topics ranging from comedy to social issues, Mars rovers, music and art.

She has directed in Japan, Russia, Thailand, South Africa, Nepal, Israel, Ireland, Scotland, U.K., Chile, Colombia, Bolivia and Peru, and lectured in many of these places as well.

She held a part-time teaching position at York University for nine years at Winter’s College where she is an Associate Fellow. She also held a part-time teaching position at University College at the University of Toronto for several years. She held the Barker Fairley Honourary Chair in Canadian Culture at University College at the University of Toronto. She delivered the “Distinguished Lecture” at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. She writes occasional pieces for magazines and newspapers on environmental issues, culture and such topics as the ethics of “laugh tracks”.

Her work has enjoyed many accolades; prizes, gold medals and invitations from almost every film festival on the planet. In Japan a popular book outlines the impact on the people of Japan of one of her earlier films Abortion Stories North and South . Her feature documentary, Wisecracks, received raves in a broad spectrum of media; from The New Yorker to Playboy to Rolling Stone and Newsweek. For eight solid years it has been in circulation in broadcast and home video. Her feature film True Confections has been seen in Canada and abroad and is currently in the CTV and BBC Network schedules. In 1998 she completed You Can’t Beat a Woman, a feature-length documentary about the culture of violence against women seen recently on PBS and CBC and in selected theatres. This unusual, irreverent film has been described as a “most unlikely feel good movie.” TVO has scheduled it in 2000. She recently directed a number of episodes of Loving Spoonfuls.

Singer is at work on a screenplay based on 94 year old cookbook writer Edna Staebler’s legal and amorous misadventures with global cookie corporations, and on a documentary/series project “Popcorn Culture” examining the history of cinema audiences.

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