Experimental Forest Films is an independent production company based on unceded Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh territory in Vancouver, B.C. As filmmakers, we are writers and photographers; lovers of celluloid, stories, and the natural world. Our work is deeply rooted and heavily inspired by place.
Experimental Forest is a namesake and a reminder.
It represents our connection to the land and a history of the place we call home.
Kathleen Hepburn is a Vancouver born writer and director whose debut feature, NEVER STEADY, NEVER STILL, which Variety Magazine calls a "stoically broken hearted debut," premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2017 and was awarded Best Canadian Film and Best Director by the Vancouver Film Critics Circle, as well as Special Jury Prize at the Dublin International Film Festival. It went on to be nominated for eight Canadian Screen Academy Awards including Best Picture. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing, and a BFA in Film Production from the Universities of Guelph and Simon Fraser respectively. THE BODY REMEMBERS WHEN THE WORLD BROKE OPEN is her sophomore feature, co-written and co-directed by Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers.
Tyler Hagan is a Métis-Canadian filmmaker based in Vancouver, B.C. His producing credits include the feature debut from Kathleen Hepburn NEVER STEADY, NEVER STILL (2017; Shirley Henderson, Theodore Pellerin), THE BODY REMEMBERS WHEN THE WORLD BROKE OPEN (2019) by Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers and Kathleen Hepburn; and the three short films: NO WORDS CAME DOWN (2011), JIMBO (2013) & NEVER STEADY, NEVER STILL (2015). THE BODY REMEMBERS WHEN THE WORLD BROKE OPEN premiered at the Berlinale 2019 and the rest have premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, followed by three selections by TIFF for Canada’s Top Ten. NEVER STEADY, NEVER STILL was nominated for 8 CSA Awards, including Tyler’s nomination for Best Motion Picture. His directorial work has shown at Berlinale and includes work with the NFB, CBC, and the Museum of Anthropology in Vancouver. He is currently a Master’s candidate in History at the University of British Columbia and received his BFA in Film from Simon Fraser University.
distribution for Tyler's work is through Vtape
info [at] experimentalforest.ca