NSI Diverse TV Director Faculty

Elise Swerhone, Program Manager


As manager of programs and development, Elise runs NSI Diverse TV Director and is co-manager of the NSI IndigiDocs course.

Her extensive work includes the feature documentaries TuTu Much and Ballet High as well as several documentaries for CBC’s The Nature of Things.

She has made over 30 documentaries which have been shown around the world including work for the NFB, Global TV, CBC, HGTV, Vision, National Geographic and Discovery US.

Her dramatic work includes Miss Manitoba, Now & Then, The Mayor of Odessa, episodes of Adventures of Shirley Holmes and the MOW My Mother’s Ghost. Elise is also an alumna of NSI DramaLab.

Gail Harvey, Program Advisor


Gail Harvey is an award-winning photographer and film director who has studied under Norman Jewison, Wim Wenders and Arthur Penn, and was the third woman ever hired as a staff photographer at United Press International wire service.

Her most recent venture is a production company called Straight Shooters – in partnership with her daughter, award-winning actress Katie Boland. Their first completed project is a documentary film about Rickie Lee Jones, entitled The Other Side of Desire. See the trailer. The film premiered at the Raindance Film Festival in London, England in 2015.

Gail’s passion project the feature film Looking is the Original Sin, inspired by the life of Diane Arbus, starring Katie Boland (The Master), and Maria del Mar (Devils Mile, 24) with a cameo role by Linda Hamilton (The Terminator) premiered at the Montreal World Film Festival.

It won best international feature at the New York International Film Festival, screened in London, England at the Raindance Film Festival and at the Female Eye Film Festival where Gail was awarded the Female Eye Honourary Director, Best in the Biz award for 2014.

Gail has directed award-winning television shows Heartland, Lost Girl, Republic of Doyle, Murdoch Mysteries, as well as directing all the episodes of the HBO series The Line, and two movies for Lifetime Network, Four Extraordinary Women starring Lindsay Wagner, and Home by Christmas, starring Linda Hamilton.