Gabriella Canal is a documentary filmmaker and journalist living in Brooklyn. Inspired by her upbringing in a Colombian-American household, she produces character-driven stories rooted in identity and belonging with a focus on women’s voices. She also loves highlighting the efforts of those working to improve human lives and protect the environment. As a producer, she’s worked with The Atlantic, John Leguizamo’s NGL Studios and Insignia Films. Her independent work as a director, DP and editor has been featured by the Student Academy Awards, The New Yorker, The Video Consortium, New York Women in Film and Television and the National Association of Latino Independent Producers. She is looking to grow as a director and DP, expanding on her work of sensitive, vérité-led documentaries. In 2022, she became a Pulitzer Center Fellow and an adjunct professor at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism.
For as long as she can remember, she’s been her family’s archivist. At countless dinner tables, she’s drawn inspiration from their complex histories in Spanish and English, making sense of her own identity. She loves that she can share a love of art and story with them, and for those reasons will plug her brother here who’s an emerging film composer.