A director, actress, and producer known as much for her versatility as she is for her passion, April Mullen’s latest directorial offer Below Her Mouth (2016), is a relentless love story shot entirely by an all female crew which had its World Premier at TIFF 2016. She was recently honored with the Tiff Birk Diamond a tribute to Women in Film. Her previous features include: 88 (2015), an action thriller, Dead Before Dawn 3D (2012), which confirmed April Mullen as the youngest person and first woman to direct a live action stereoscopic 3D feature film. The film was celebrated for its technological achievement and awarded the Perron Crystal. Mullen is co-founder of the independent production company Wango Films, alongside Tim Doiron. The company has produced five films to date. A true maverick in the feature film world, Mullen is known for her bold and stunning visuals, ambitious shooting style, strong performances and unique voice. Selected directorial TV credits include Killjoys (2015), Aftermath (2017), Real Detective (2016), Bellevue (2017) and Wynonna Earp (2016). As an actress April Mullen was recently the lead in the HBO series Good God (2012), which showed off her skilled, unique comedic timing. It was her leading role in Cavedweller (2004) directed by Lisa Cholodenko (The Kids Are All Right (2010)) an Original Showtime feature, that got her nominated for Best Leading Actress by the Young Artist Awards in Los Angeles.
April Mullen is from Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada and now resides in Los Angeles.
Her Blue Eyes
Dead Before Dawn 3D (2012) marks her as the first female and youngest director to direct a live-action Stereoscopic 3D feature film.
Be bold, don’t doubt, take big risks, and follow your gut. Believe at all times in the impossible. I am addicted to the entire creative process and really enjoy watching something come from idea to big screen. I am constantly influenced on a daily basis by everyone I meet. I am inspired by moments and capturing moments on film. I pull from life, imagination and dreams.
Creating is like producing magic. I love finding a sense of awe in all I do. I also love working alongside a team – watching them thrive and hit new heights. I love pushing a team to try new things. The entire process is extremely rewarding. While directing, I fall in love with capturing those ‘special moments’ and being able to share them on screen. While producing, I believe so deeply in the film it makes me crazy – I’m always up for the most impossible tasks. While acting, I’m able to connect to the small, stunning parts that make human beings unique. Every discipline is such a different beast, but gosh darn it, I love them all!
I am so proud of what we achieved with Below Her Mouth. The thin lens, zero filter and female gaze can be felt in every frame. This crew brought to life a feeling of being a part of something bigger than the film itself. It was important for us to all expose ourselves, our fears, our comforts and our strengths in order to be creatively transparent. I hope this helps set a precedent for what can be achieved with an-all female crew – and that this shows that it is up to us to be the change we want to see. Rather than being daunted by the low percentages of women in film, we must take action and celebrate the women who are working in key positions of power so future generations can witness the possibility and reach for more.