Gayle Wilmot is a Toronto writer/director who has just completed her first film, the music documentary Hearts of Steel. Prior to creating the film, Gayle spent 17 years in the advertising and marketing business. She then moved her energies over to a variety of artistic and social programming pursuits while raising her family. Most recently Gayle has been developing creative music programs for stroke survivors who have lost their language abilities. She continues to be involved as a player and manager in Toronto’s rich steel band community.
WHY I MADE THE FILM
I had just learned to play the steel pan instrument when I became involved and enchanted with a group of teenage players who spent their summers practicing for six hours every day, to learn to play their instruments to perfection, in preparation for a big competition. They were called the JK Pan Vibrations in homage to the elementary school that most of them had attended. As I got to know the young players, and learn more about their lives and experiences, I saw a beautiful story to be told in film. They came from many different backgrounds and nationalities, yet came together seamlessly to create beautiful music. And they considered the band an important part of their life. Despite no previous filmmaking experience, I was confident I could capture the excitement and joy of their competitive drive and group experience. Their delight from belonging to a musical family was contagious and I believe that comes through in the film.
Executive Producer Kim Davidson, Catapult Productions
Editors: Cameron Anderson, Tom Blainey
Score: Bruce Fowler, Tony Williams
Post Sound: Mike Duncan
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