Maya Gallus

Lives in
Toronto , ON
Ontario CA

Filmmaker. Based in Toronto, Gallus has been making films since the early 1990s. Her work focuses on women’s issues, politics and socio-cultural themes explored through diverse documentary forms. Her 1997 documentary Erotica: A Journey Into Female Sexuality is a look at women’s sexuality, eroticism and desires that centers around several interviews with women, ranging from erotic novelists to a famous dominatrix. In 2007, she directed Girl Inside, a film that follows 26-year-old Madison, and her 80-year-old grandmother, during three years of her transition from male to female. Premiering at Hot Docs in Toronto, the film was screened at many festivals worldwide and garnered critical success. Her 2013 film Derby Crazy Love, co-directed with her life-partner, Justine Pimlott,, takes a look at the adrenaline-fueled world of women’s roller derby, exploring the importance of community building within third-wave feminism as well as borrowing and translating the fast-paced and colorful aesthetic of the sport into film format.