Gretchen Kelbaugh

Gretchen Kelbaugh has produced and directed short dramas, one feature documentary about women and politics (Menocracy) and Saint John’s first all-SJ feature, Margaret & Deirdre. These have screened around the world.

As well, she has written and produced several educational videos, distributed across Canada.. Her strength and heart, however, lie in screenwriting.

Gretchen twice won the Atlantic Film Festival – CBC Script Development award. One of these, 106 Fire Hydrants, was produced for national CBC-TV in 1999.

Margaret and Deirdre screened at the Atlantic Film Festival and was featured at the New Brunswick Gala Screening of the Silver Wave Film Festival, 2005. The screenplay won the CBC Producers’ Showcase in 1999 and Best Screenplay at the Trail Dance Film Festival in Oklahoma, 2008.

Gretchen and Connell Smith produced the 2-hour series: 80/20; The Developing World (2006), which won the Excellence in Music award for documentaries at the Silver Wave Film Festival and is widely distributed across Canada.

Her short, Piece o’ Cake, screened at festivals in New Brunswick plus the DeReel Film Festival in Melbourne and the Broad Humor Film Festival in Venice, CA, where it won Best No Budget Short. It was part of CBC Downloads.

These days, Gretchen is busy writing horror screenplays for the very busy Rich MacQueen and Nathan Savage, and is working on a project of the heart, a musical about militant suffragette Gert Harding, of New Brunswick, with composers Theresa Patterson and Debbie Adshade.

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Quispamsis, NB.
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