Private Project

Gold Rush

A Chinese Railroad Worker forms an unlikely duo with a Sikh Immigrant as they escape the harsh mistreatment working on the Canadian Railroad.

  • Harnoor Gill
    I Am Burt Reynolds, Limetown, Sacred Lies, Whitespot, Godson
  • Harnoor Gill
    Godson, Lucky Ashes
  • Daniel Yang
    Key Cast
  • Inderveer Sodhi
    Music Composer
    Monster, Superhero
  • Eugene Chok
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    3 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    March 4, 2022
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    English, Hindi, Mandarin Chinese
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Director Biography - Harnoor Gill

Harnoor Gill is a Vancouver based filmmaker with a vast array of experience. He has worked on every aspect of a film set including directing, cam-op, AD work and editing on documentaries including Paramount's "I Am Burt Reynolds." He has also worked in front of the camera, acting in shows such as "Limetown" and "Sacred Lies."

A script that he co-wrote called "Godson," a sports drama about a Muslim-American Boxer navigating the the after of 9/11 was recently awarded as the winner of the 2021 AFM Pitch Conference.

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Director Statement

I have a deep passion for using film to shine light on stories and issues lost in time. I also love the idea of using American western genre tropes to tell an immigrant story. I remember growing up in school we only had one paragraph dedicated to working on the Canadian Railway followed by one sentence that talked about the hardships they endured. As a second generation immigrant that never sat right with me.

I want to use "Gold Rush" to show a glimpse in the time period and pay tribute to my ancestors who risked their lives for the railways we all benefit from today. Furthermore, I want explore the nuance relationships of prejudice and respect between immigrants from different countries working through the same struggle.

I grew up very inspired by filmmakers such as Akira Kurosawa and Sergio Leone, especially in how they are able to deliver a compelling character study set in the past for the modern audience. Furthermore, I've reached out other local filmmakers in my circle to aid with the production including musician Inderveer Sodhi for the soundtrack and cinematographer Eugene Chok.