Reel Girls Media is an Edmonton-based production company with the stated goal to foster a deeper understanding of the world and the human spirit through the production of television and new media programs.
Reel Girls Media has produced multiple projects for television, web, and mobile platforms and has been recognized with more than forty international awards, including citations from the Alberta Film and Television Awards, the Canadian New Media Awards, the Banff Television Festival, and the World Animation Festival.
Reel Girls productions have included documentaries about Canadian writers (Capturing Cooperman, Between the Stones and the Ocean: A Portrait of Rudy Wiebe, and Out of the West), the natural world (Return of the Peregrine and SciQ: Up Close and Palaeo), Métis culture (How the Fiddle Flows), and Canadian involvement in Afghanistan (Homefront). Reel Girls has also produced television series, including Booked, The Lie Detective, and Stories from the Seventh Fire.
The company was founded by Ava Karvonen, a producer and director with over twenty years of experience in the industry. Karvonen has served on the boards of the Alberta Chapter of the Documentary Organization of Canada as well as the national body. She also serves as an advisor to both nextMedia and the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology’s Digital Interactive Media and Design program and sits on the new media committee of the Canadian Film and Television Producers Association. She has also served as a board member of the Digital Media Association of Alberta, Edmonton Arts Council, Salute to Excellence for the City of Edmonton, the Alberta Media Production Industries Association, and Filmmakers for Conservation.