The Biographies of the Principals of the Film Stalled
Director, Producer, Director of Photography
Shannon Kohli was born in Canada but carries Swiss, Canadian and New Zealand citizenships, and grew up primarily in Geneva, Switzerland. She moved back to Canada to study at the University of British Columbia, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Film in 2002. While at UBC, she studied every aspect of filmmaking, and put her skills to use directing the short film Exposure. She then specialized in cinematography and won best cinematography for The Night Visitor and Big Shoes to Fill at the POV film Festival in Vancouver. Since finishing her degree, Shannon has mainly been working as a director of photography on Canadian films such as 22 Hands, Of Golf and God and The Harvest Project as well as 2nd units on television series, such as Robson Arms, Wrath of Grapes: The Don Cherry Story II, Psych and The Killing. She has continued to direct music videos, such as Sara Lynn’s Thing 4 U, commercials and public service announcements. In 2012, Shannon directed The Child Inside, a four minute character exploration written by Bill Freas. Shannon has been a member of Women in Film and Television in Vancouver for ten years and was the recipient of the WIFVV Kodak Excellence award in 2005 for cinematography. She is also a member of the International Guild of Photographers, IATSE 669 as a director of photography and camera operator. Shannon’s most recent project was directing and shooting Stalled, a fifteen minute short film written by Meghan Gardiner, who created the script using quotes found on public bathroom walls. As a director, Shannon wants to bring to screen women’s lives, issues and successes. She is working on her next short film and had several features in development.
Writer, Actress, Producer
Meghan Gardiner is a Vancouver based actor and writer, having graduated from UBC with a BFA in acting. She has been touring her one woman show “Dissolve” for over ten years, and has worked as a freelance actor in both theatre and on camera. Film credits include Smallville, The L Word and Cold Squad, and theatre credits Blood Brothers, (Arts Club Theatre) Gunmetal Blues (Vancouver Playhouse) and My Fair Lady (Chemainus Theatre Festival). She was the playwright in residence at Green Thumb Theatre, penning “Blind Spot” and “Role Call” for their 2009 and 2011 seasons respectively. Both shows garnered best production and performance nominations at the Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards, and in 2012 Meghan was honoured to receive the Sydney Risk Award for outstanding original script by an emerging playwright. The success of “Dissolve” inspired Meghan to create a documentary film, which is now being distributed internationally and garnered her a screenwriting nomination at the 2010 Leo Awards in B.C. She is a 2011 YWCA Woman of Distinction nominee and is incredibly proud of her latest venture, “Stalled”. Visit www.meghangardiner.com for more information.