Kalli Paakspuu award-winning filmmaker, writer, educator, new media and theatre artist began a film career after a B.A., English major, and a year of advanced film production at the University of British Columbia. Earning a Master of Arts producing "Maypole Carving" and a thesis, “Direct Cinema and the Documentary Narrative”, her later doctoral study examined the representational practices of Native Americans in early portraiture and photography. As a producer with writer/director Maureen Bradley, she developed “Two 4 One”, a feature film awarded Telefilm Microbudget funding in 2013. She created "World Without Water" at the Canadian Film Centre’s Telus Interactive Art and Entertainment programme, later curated into CODE Live, an international exhibition of interactive new media at the Cultural Olympiad, Vancouver, 2010 and featured at the Nuit Blanche Festival in 2007.
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World Without Water (2007 IAEP Prototype)
Her documentary, "When East Meets East" (1997, 16MM, 56 min.) was shown at Hot Docs, IDFA and is in over 300 university and institutional collections. She co-created with Daria Stermac, the Genie Award-winning (Best Live Action Dramatic Short), “I Need a Man Like You to Make My Dream Come True” (1986, 16MM, 24 min.), distributed by Women Make Movies and invited to over 50 international film festivals, including Chicago, Montreal New Media, Melbourne, Tokyo, Yorkton and Creteil and is in film collections worldwide.
Kalli is contract faculty at York University and a professor at Sheridan College. Her short film, "Awakening - as told by Roman Toi" (2018) was just awarded a Gold Remi at Worldfest Houston International Film Festival. This short is doing the festival circuit with screenings in Scotland, Italy, Ecuador, Canada, U.S.A, Romania, India, Kenya and Serbia. She is now producing and directing a film adaptation of Maestro Roman Toi's autobiography which will feature his beautiful Romantic choral music and will be released in 2020.