DIRECTOR / WRITER/ FILMMAKER (VANCOUVER - LOS ANGELES )
Director Allison Beda has a penchant for delightfully, deliriously, awesomely messed-up characters, and is particularly fond of telling funny stories about intelligent women, making inspired, though sometimes foolish choices. Her artistic practice delves into the personal, examines passion and obsession, often poetically exploring the intersection of cinema, dance and "narrative" (which is sometimes documentary), resulting in bold and unique films.
Ms Beda turned her first career as an international fashion model into the feature documentary How To Be A Model (which critics deemed “an intriguing insider look filled with shattered stereotypes”). Her very first short film Know Your Alphabet toured the world with the likes of Stan Brakhage, and is still being invited to screen internationally. Allison Beda’s film Just A Minute played as part of the 2010 Winter Olympics, she received a Legacy Award for “Outstanding Achievement in Film” for her short 9-1-Mum, and her BravoTV commission 30-LOVE, has done two world tours. She also recently directed the series pilot for Sleeping With The Dead which won "Best Spoof" at Action On Film Festival. Her first fiction screenplay Unpredictable (written with novelist Eileen Cook) won "Best Feature Screenplay" at the 2018 Boomtown Film & Music Festival, "Best Ensemble Screenplay" at the Broad Humor Film Festival and has just been short-listed by BET Network's screenplay competition ProjectCRE8.
Allison is a contributor to the cultural magazine IMAGISTA. She has a BA in film from Simon Fraser University, and an MFA from University of British Columbia. Her work as a IATSE camera operator on various network features and television series helped her hone her strong visual style and her work as an Associate Producer on shows like the SYFY/NBC series 12 Monkeys taught her exactly what and when you can (and cannot) "fix it in post".
Allison Beda’s production company A Muse Productions loves making funny films about women who make trouble and film art that defies categorization.