Toronto production company Merchant has added acclaimed filmmaker and writer Chandler Levack to its roster for commercial representation.
Levack is renowned for her imaginative, clever, and comedic work that resonates with a wide range of audiences. She has amassed an impressive list of credits that includes the 2017 short We Forgot to Break Up, which played at both TIFF and SXSW, and her feature film debut I Like Movies, which had its world premiere at TIFF last year and was named Best Canadian Picture by the Vancouver Film Critics Circle.
She has also directed music videos for bands including Toronto punk act PUP, which earned her back-to-back Juno nominations in 2015 and 2016. Her latest film, which she describes as an “indie sleaze Montreal movie” entitled Anglophone, was among 32 feature-length projects that recently received funding from Telefilm Canada.
Merchant executive producer and co-founder Ian Webb believes that Levack is destined to become an important Canadian filmmaker, and the company was keen to be part of that journey.
In addition to bringing a much-needed female perspective to the commercial industry, she possesses a skill set capable of helping her excel in that realm—unique casting and character development, combined with a naturally self-aware tone and an ability to brilliantly release narrative tension.
“At Merchant, we are committed to constantly growing and evolving, and want our roster to reflect our growth. Directors like Chandler further motivate us to bring fresh ideas and perspectives into the advertising industry,” said Farrah Khaled, executive producer, Merchant. “We are so excited to tap into the endless potential she will bring into the commercial world and to our roster, with her unique brand of humour and her refreshing perspective.”
In addition to her skill behind the camera, Levack is also a renowned arts journalist and critic, whose work has appeared in publications including The Globe and Mail, The Village Voice, Spin, and Maisonneuve. Her work for the latter, including a cover feature on the artist Grimes, received two nominations in the National Magazine Awards. She is also a graduate of the University of Toronto cinema program and the Canadian Film Centre’s screenwriting program.