April Butler and Gillian Hrankowski fatefully met in 2008 when they made their first documentary together, THE BROTHEL PROJECT, exploring the unseen world of prostitution.
April’s career in television production began in 1986 with cinematography and editing for CTV, CBC, Global and for Bravo, SOUNDS LIKE MOTOWN, before transitioning into directing and producing. In 2008, she followed her passion for documentaries full tilt and directed the 2010 Leo Nominated THE BROTHEL PROJECT (Global). April is currently an Owner/Producer at Pan Productions in Victoria BC.
Gillian began her career at CBC Television in the 90s and a decade ago exchanged corporate life for the wild and wonderful world of independent production. Seven films later include directing and writing the Silver Chris Award winning NOT JUST A BAD DAY: LIVING WITH BIPOLAR DISORDER (Knowledge Network), producing BRANDED: SAVING OUR TOWN (Global) and producing and writing THE BROTHEL PROJECT.
Gillian and April’s unwavering passion for character exploration, travel and staring controversy between the eyes is what makes their documentaries together tick. They’ve navigated dodgy brothels in New Zealand and managed to be detained by Philippines Immigration — all while keeping a sense of humour and not killing each other. They are also committed to allowing a fine wine to be their muse, as necessary.
Father Figures was produced, directed and photographed by April & Gillian.