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Emily Gan is a visual artist working primarily in photography and video. She has a Bachelor of Arts with distinction in Communication Studies and Photography from Concordia University (Montreal).
As a documentarist, she worked as a photographer and sound recordist With This Ring, co-directed by Ameesha Joshi and Anna Sarkissian (in post-production) and Re-framing U.S. National Parks, directed by Anna Sarkissian (in development).
In fiction, Emily was the assistant editor on the feature film, Dallas Buyer’s Club, directed by Jean-Marc Vallée in 2013.
CAVEBIRDS (in post-production) is an essay documentary and Emily’s first feature project. The film follows her father, Hok-Wah (Howard) Gan, to his homeland of Malaysia as he and his brothers set up a bird’s nest farming business. Situating us among Emily’s extended Chinese Malaysian family members, the film moves from big cities to tiny hamlets. Meanwhile, the birds, ever-present, act as a conduit between Emily and her kin, prompting conversations about lineage, home and heritage. The project is funded by the Canada Council for the Arts Production Grant for the period of 2012-2016.