DIRECTORS GUILD F CANADA
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CHRISTIE WILL WOLF
Updates 2019: June 01 2019, Christie Will Wolf wins Best Screenwriting at The West Coast Canadian Screen Awards "The Leo's” // March 2019, Christie Will Wolf wins the Directors Guild of Canada BC "Legacy Award".
Christie Will Wolf grew up in a small town in northern Canada living above a ski shop. As a teen, she attended a boarding school in its first year of co-education, being one of thirty (30) girls in a boarding school with over three thousand (3000) boys.
Christie was the first girl to receive the Terry Fox Humanitarian Award from the Canadian Government. She studied Film and Musical Theatre at Emerson College in Boston MA , and later earned a BFA in the performing arts from The College of Charleston in SC. Interestingly, Christie played Division 3 basketball at both Universities, while also alpine ski racing competitively. She was equally entrenched in film and photography during this time, while also studying acting full time.
After earning two undergraduate degrees, Christie graced stages across North America as an actress and singer, before moving to Los Angeles. She attended the Neighborhood Playhouse studying Sanford Meisner’s approach to acting; was a series regular on ABC’s The Evidence, became a resident writer and director in Vancouver Canada’s The Beaumont Black Box Theatre. Soon thereafter, Christie made the decision to focus entirely on her directing.
She worked as Director Peter Berg’s Assistant; was hired by Bob Yari of The Yari Film (following his Oscar win on the movie CRASH) to help launch a division of lower budget independent movies; and eventually started directing and producing “Making of” companion pieces for major motion movies.
Finally, Christie wrote and directed her first film 'Dysfunction', which was received with critical acclaim, and garnered several awards. Following this, she wrote and directed her first feature film “Slightly Single in L.A” which became a pioneer acquisition for Netflix receiving rave reviews within the demographic (18-32 womxn). Christie then went on to write and direct a comedy called “Boy Toy”, which was acquired and released by Lionsgate, and then was hired again to write and direct another independent feature starring Vivica Fox.
Quickly, top tier producers in the television movie space took notice of Christie’s work, and she very quickly she became busy writing and directing made for television movies.
Notably, Christie wrote and directed the first ever movie entirely helmed by a female for the Hallmark Channel (Harvest Love, 2017) as well as directing the first music movie for the network (Over The Moon, 2019). Christie has been noted in The Globe and Mail, Women in Film Just Watch Us, The Province, and The Film Cap, as a “Director To Watch” over 4 times (2009, 2012, 2017 & 2019).
In 2019, Christie won The Directors Guild of Canada’s prestigious Legacy Award. This award financed Christie’s newest short film “Her Coming”, which has already started creating a buzz, as it’s a female forward movie that opens with Youth Climate advocate Greta Thurnberg.
Also in 2019, Christie also won Best Screenwriter at the Canadian Television and Film Awards, The Leo’s. Lastly, Christie’s wrote a biography picture “MY MTV” (based on the book of the same title) which was optioned by feature film producer Mary Aloe, with iconic music producer David Foster coming on board as an Executive Producer.
Christie is an active member with the Alliance of Woman Directors, Women in Film, We For She, and is part of #JustWatchUs - an initiative by The Directors Guild of Canada to push for hire in episodic television for Canadian Directors. She also earned a MFA in Creative Writing and Film at the University of British Columbia.
Biography By: Andy Chu