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“In regards to oil and gas or the energy industry, layoffs are still happening and have been happening since the time the film was first released to the festivals,” McKercher says. “Beyond that, layoffs are happening whether it’s because of COVID or just changing patterns in consumer demands and the way that we live in the world. It’s too bad that it’s still relevant. But ultimately, it’s a film about change.”
McKercher co-founded Calgary-based Kino Sum Productions alongside Guillaume Carlier and Nicola Waugh in 2017, which was also behind this year’s Events Transpiring Before, During and After A High School Basketball Game and a feature documentary on Japanese gardens in Western Canada for the CBC.
She spent six months at Norman Jewison’s Canadian Film Centre in the summer of 2019 as a resident in its Directors’ Lab. She is currently developing her second film, a drama about a father and daughter set in Calgary’s Chinese-Canadian community called Lucky Star.
She splits her time between Calgary and Toronto, where she is hoping to break into directing television.
“I’m in Toronto and just trying to network with people,” she says. “It’s just so much easier to see what’s on the ground. The Canadian Film Centre has such a big network so I met a lot of people.”
Circle of Steel is now available on iTunes, Vimeo on Demand, Bell VOD and Shaw VOD.