Emily Gan is a Chinese Canadian photographer, filmmaker, video artist, and yoga teacher born and based in Montréal. She has a Bachelor of Arts with distinction in Communication Studies and Photography from Concordia University (Montréal). She has gained a reputation as a trusted collaborator for independent artists as well as organisations big and small in the arts and education sectors. Emily has travelled across Canada, the US, India, and Malaysia working on various independent documentaries.
Emily worked closely with editor, Martin Pensa, as assistant editor on Dallas Buyers Club, directed by Jean-Marc Vallée. She is currently co-developing her first feature-length narrative fiction with her partner, Daniel Schachter.
CAVEBIRDS is an essay documentary and Emily’s first feature film. It follows her father 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.