Clare Mullen is an Alberta born award-winning writer and director in both film and theatre. An early (1991) member of the Film and Video Arts Society of Alberta (FAVA), Clare continues to be an active member and has served on the board many times, most recently as treasurer. In addition to film work, Clare is the Past President of the Walterdale Theatre and is committed to supporting the local community and shining a light on the wonderful landscape and people that make up Alberta.
For over 30 years Clare worked many roles: a Best Boy Electric (Gil Cardinal’s Bordertown Café), Stand In (for Edie Falco in the pilot of Fargo), Cinematographer, Boom Operator, Actor and Background Actor on many films, many that went on to be award winners. From 1993 to 1997 Clare was an instructor with the National Film Institute when they were based in Edmonton and she enjoyed teaching the art of filmmaking to teens.
Clare’s passion is in writing and directing which includes dramatic and educational films. She is extremely proud of The Secret Illness, a two part series on children with obsessive compulsive disorder. This film is close to her heart and it has been screened in colleges, universities and therapy groups across North America. Highlights of Clare’s dramatic writing and directing career include: Next Sunday-Outstanding New Work (2017) ADFA One Act Theatre Festival in addition, Clare was funded by the AFA to develop Next Sunday into a feature film script. Working with Conni Massing as dramaturg and Kevin Wright (The Optimal Pitch) Clare is currently seeking a producer for this character based drama. Clare’s film Homunculus (1994) was awarded a silver medal at Austria’s Festival of Nations and nominated for an AMPIA award the same year. In 2018 Clare’s short film Reacting was selected for 2020 Play the Fool Festival Film Festival. Her short film Waiting On Love was commissioned by the Play the Fool Film Festival and received awards at: Hollywood Gold Awards, Fox International Film Festival, 8 &1/2 Film Awards (Fellini) and Cotswold International Film Festival among others. The film was also selected to screen at multiple local and International Festivals including the Edmonton Short Film Festival and is about to screen February 10 th at Edmonton’s International Festival of Winter Cinema. Waiting On Love is the first of a series of web-based stories Clare intends to produce based on the same style and character.
Clare is passionate about promoting Edmonton and Edmonton’s history. In 2020 and 2021 her web-based historical virtual tours (Alberta History Tours) were featured as part of Historic Edmonton and Doors Open Festival. Currently Clare is working on a biography film about Tony Cashman, Edmonton historian, author, radio producer, Second World War veteran and centenarian called The Edmonton Storyteller. The film received funding and support from the Edmonton Heritage Council. This film will tell Tony and Edmonton’s story over the span of 100 years