Gail Harvey is an award-winning photographer and film director who has studied under Norman Jewison, Wim Wenders and Arthur Penn, and was the third woman ever hired as a staff photographer at United Press International wire service.
Her most recent venture is a production company called Straight Shooters in partnership with her daughter, award-winning actress Katie Boland.
Harvey's passion project the feature film Looking is the Original Sin, inspired by the life of Diane Arbus, starring Katie Boland (The Master), and Maria del Mar (Devils Mile, 24) with a cameo role by Linda Hamilton (The Terminator) premiered at the Montreal World Film Festival. It won Best International Feature at the New York International Film Festival, screened in London, England at the Raindance Film Festival and screened at the Female Eye Film Festival where Harvey was awarded the Female Eye Honourary Director, Best in the Biz award for 2014.
Long Story, Short a webseries Harvey created with Katie Boland, premiered at Mipcom in 2013, and has won Best Dramedy at the NYIFF in Los Angeles. It is airing on HULU in the U.S. and Boland won a Best Actress Canadian Screen Award for her role. It was nominated for best web series the Raindance web festival and was picked up for distributin by Shaftesbury/Smokebomb. It aired in a second window on Vervegirl YouTube channel and garnered hundreds of thousands of hits.
Harvey’s film Some Things That Stay, (also starring Katie Boland) was the winner of Best Feature Film at the Female Eye Film Festival, and was released by Alliance/Atlantis Odeon films. Her first short film Uphill in a Wheelchair premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in and later earned her acceptance as a director resident at Norman Jewison’s Film Centre. Her first feature film The Shower was nominated for three Genie Awards, her film Striking Poses, starring Shannen Doherty, premiered on Sky TV in Britain and aired in North America on HBO and TMN, and Cold Sweat, starring Ben Cross and Adam Baldwin, which was shown at the Montreal Film Festival and has since been seen around the world.
Harvey has directed award winning television shows Heartland, Lost Girl, Republic of Doyle, Murdoch Mysteries, as well as directing all the episodes of the HBO series The Line, and two movies for Lifetime Network, Four Extraordinary Woman starring Lindsay Wagner, and Home by Christmas, starring Linda Hamilton.