Gretchen Kelbaugh lived in Bethesda, Maryland until the age of ten. Now a dual citizen in New Brunswick, Canada, she moved from teaching science to writing books and then full-time filmmaking.
Gretchen twice won the Atlantic Film Festival – CBC Script Development award. One of these, 106 Fire Hydrants, was produced for national CBC-TV in 1999.
Since 2000, Gretchen has written, produced and directed both shorts and documentaries, many of which have screened at the Atlantic Film Festival and beyond.
Gretchen’s first dramatic feature, Margaret and Deirdre, screened at the Atlantic Film Festival and was featured at the New Brunswick Gala Screening of the Silver Wave Film Festival, 2005. The screenplay, which she wrote, won the national CBC Producers’ Showcase in 1999. Margaret and Deirdre made the Best of the Rest at the deReel International Film Festival in Melbourne, Australia and was nominated for three awards at the Trail Dance Film Festival in 2008, including Best Feature Drama and Best Foreign Film. It won Best Screenplay.
80/20; The Developing World (2006), is distributed across Canada by the Canadian Learning Co. Gretchen and Connell Smith produced the 2-hour series, which won the Excellence in Music award for documentaries at the Silver Wave Film Festival in 2006.
Gretchen’s short, Piece o’ Cake, screened at festivals in New Brunswick plus the DeReel Film Festival in Melbourne and the Broad Humor Film Festival in Venice, CA, where it won Best No Budget Short.
Gretchen received a BEd in Secondary Science at UNB in Fredericton, 1979, with Distinction; a BA in English at UNBF, 1992, with High Honours; and two post-grad Creative Writing courses at UNBF. She taught Screenwriting at university and has taken filmmaking courses across Canada and in Maine for over a decade.
106 Fire Hydrants (22 min), 1999; writer. Television drama.
Cutting Luce (10 min), 2000; writer and producer (along with Connell Smith, producer). Short drama.
School Groups and Stereotypes (41 min), 2003; writer/producer/director. Documentary.
Voyage with a Dragon (27 min), 2004; writer/producer/director. Documentary. Runner-up, Best Documentary, Silver Wave Film Festival.
Margaret and Deirdre (93 min), 2005; writer/producer/director. Best Screenplay, Trail Dance Film Festival, 2008. Feature drama.
80/20; The Developing World (5 part series); co-producer/co-director. Excellence in Music, Silver Wave Film Festival. 2006. Educational.
Piece o’ Cake (4 min) was a piece o’ cake to make, shot in Gretchen’s kitchen with her kids, cat and ex-husband. 2007. Best No-Budget Short, Broad Humor Film Festival. Drama.
In Key Choir, (10 min), 2008: writer,/producer/ director. Documentary.
Norean Goldston started video production work with Fang Froid Studios in Manhattan. She developed her talent by archiving political and historical events, including those of September 11th, and is a Final Cut Pro Certified Trainer and Editor.
In Canada, Norean edited for HIT! Media, was artist-in-residence for P.R.U.D.E., co-chaired Continental Drift International Shorts Film Festival and founded Saint John One Film Festival.
Norean’s reputation in the Saint John film industry has been well-documented by “The Telegraph Journal”, CBC Radio, ATV and “here Magazine”.
Her recent accomplishments include:
Saint John and Me (Rim Shots Media Arts Festival, Vancouver)
Searching for Daniel Baldwin
Saint John and Me
Story of Three
Margaret and Deirdre
Heidi Hudson, who portrays the contemporary spirit of Gert Harding, is a member of the casting workbook and the IATSE Art Department. Heidi started out in Vancouver studying with the Vancouver Academy of Dramatic Arts and Mark Brandon. Since then she has acted in both film and commercial projects. With a recent move to Saint John NB she continues to act, create short films as well as pursue a career in photography with an upcoming show at the Saint John Arts Centre. You can view her work at www.heidihudsonphotography.weebly.com and www.firsttakeagency.weebly.com.
If Gretchen had not shot this on her own, without any outside funding except one Travel Grant and a Tax Credit from New Brunswick Film (for which she's very grateful), then the video would not have been made. She tried to get backing from the major tv networks in Canada and the NFB, but no one went for the idea. How do you shoot an Ultra Low Budget feature in three countries? It's a family affair. And we're all great-niece's of Gert Harding.
Gretchen flew to California to interview Rt Hon Kim Campbell, who was renting a house in Beverly Hills for the summer.
Photo by Gretchen's cousin, Gail Meredith
Family affair continues: Gretchen and daughter, Jacqueline, flew to New Jersey to interview Dr Sue Carroll. Photo by another cousin, Helen Fauss. Cousin Hilary Harding helped with audio.
Norean shot Heidi with a white background so we could edit the footage into whatever background we wanted and give the spirit of Gert Harding a glow.
Here Norean listens skeptically to Gretchen before doing it her own way, which is usually better.
Gretchen's audio suite (aka downstairs bathroom) for taping the off-screen narration. In an Ultra Low Budget shoot, the acoustics of said rooms aren't bad.