Author Tags: Biography, Film, Non-Fiction

An instructor at The University of British Columbia, Mark Harris co-authored Wild at Heart: The Films of Nettie Wild (Anvil, 2009), with Claudia Medina.

[BCBW 2009]

Film Fest honours Wild
Press Release 2010

JAN 8, 2010. In conjunction with the launch of Wild at Heart: The Films of Nettie Wild, Wild’s exemplary work will be the subject of a career retrospective at Pacific Cinémathèque. Running Jan. 15-17, 2010, the retrospective includes Wild’s four documentary features – A Rustling of Leaves: Inside the Philippine Revolution (1988), Blockade (1993), A Place Called Chiapas (1998), and Fix: The Story of an Addicted City (2002), as well as Wild’s most recent film, the medium-length documentary Bevel Up (2007). Ms. Wild will be in attendance for all screenings.

The acclaimed Vancouver filmmaker Nettie Wild, one of Canada’s leading documentarians, is the subject of Wild at Heart: The Films of Nettie Wild (Anvil Press, 2009), the second title in Pacific Cinémathèque’s new Monograph Series celebrating the innovations and achievements of Western Canadian media artists.

Ms. Wild’s work and interests span the globe and also encompass issues of regional interest to the broader Western Canadian/British Columbian community. From the Zapatista revolution in Mexico to a Native standoff in BC to street nurses working with addicts in Vancouver – acclaimed documentary filmmaker Nettie Wild plunges into the heart of politically volatile events and emerges with a portrait of their core issues. Both FIX and A Place Called Chiapas won Genies for Best Canadian Feature Documentary and all of her films have been widely distributed in cinemas across North America.

Notable amongst the many honours that she has received for her body of work, in addition to her two Genie Awards, are major retrospectives at the Hot Docs festival and the Ontario Cinematheque. And recently, the Vancouver Film Critics Circle announced that Ms. Wild will be a winner of this year's Achievement Award for Contribution to the British Columbia Film Industry.


Mark Harris (Essay) has a Master’s degree in Film Studies and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature, both from the University of British Columbia, the institution at which he currently teaches. A prize-winning playwright, Dr. Harris has approximately 4,000 articles in more than 50 periodicals in Canada and the US. He resides in Vancouver.

Claudia Medina (Interview) is a filmmaker, writer, and educator from the west coast of BC. Her filmmaking deals with the stories and influences of her tri-national background (Mexico, Italy, Canada) and how they are transposed onto the Canadian cultural landscape. She resides in Vancouver.