Multi-Hollywood award-winning short film director Kerilie McDowall is a former radio host and global Rhythm’a’ning jazz podcast producer. She is a writer and has been a music critic/writer contributor for the American jazz magazine DownBeat (2016-2020). As a former volunteer live radio host, producer/on-air engineer, she listened to thousands of creative, jazz and improvised Canadian, US and global recordings during her 18 years in the radio industry. As a #1 globally ranked jazz podcast radio host on Player FM, McDowall interviewed Canada’s elite jazz and creative music artists including JUNO winners and Order of Canada recipients.
A professional jazz guitarist, instructor and music composer in the 90’s in Vancouver, McDowall is a York University Bachelor of Fine Arts music graduate. Her area of study was New Music Composition and Classical and Jazz Guitar Performance. A current guitar instructor, McDowall has 17 years of guitar instruction experience and 34 years of music industry expertise and currently instructs privately at her business Oceanview Guitar Studio's Canadian Online Guitar Lessons.
McDowall sits on the Polaris Music Prize jury, judged the JUNO Awards from 2016-18 and has judged the annual DownBeat Critics Poll for several years. McDowall hosts workshops with new and established recording artists and arts organizations.
In 2016 McDowall won the Atlanta, Georgia Black Women & The Arts Awards Stiletto Woman of Distinction Award and was Nanaimo Magazine’s Celebrity of the Month in 2016 and 2021.
Kerilie volunteer hosts and directs television shows at SHAW Spotlight. A past host of Community Producers, currently McDowall co-hosts with others as a volunteer on SHAW Spotlight Nanaimo, Canada’s The Show. As a volunteer television director, McDowall directed SHAW TV’s Coast Connections weekly then bi-weekly since October 2015 to March 2020 pre-COVID, as well as other SHAW Spotlight television productions occasionally like Change the World and Wise Folks. Kerilie just released her first short mini-documentary film during COVID-19 on March 17, 2020 as a SHAW volunteer with the assistance of Todd Jones, Jocelyn Matwe and the SHAW Spotlight team. The film is titled, In the Zone: Rick Kilburn, Vancouver Island Bassist and Producer, or "In the Zone: Rick Kilburn," for short. The Nanaimo mini-documentary film about Vancouver Island/Vancouver, BC resident jazz bassist/producer/composer Rick Kilburn, “In the Zone: Rick Kilburn,” has just achieved a third Hollywood award win. Film director and Canadian Polaris Music Prize juror Kerilie McDowall and her crew just won the June 2021 Best Web and New Media award at IndieX Film Fest in Hollywood. Additionally at Hollywood's Indie Short Fest the short just received the June 2021 Outstanding Achievement Award for Best Web and New Media and an Honorable Mention Award for Best Web and New Media at the Independent Shorts Awards in LA in March 2020. Additionally the film won Best Documentary at the London International Monthly Film Festival and Best Canadian Documentary at the Toronto Independent Film Festival of CIFT.
The film documents the life and career of multi-award-winning Canadian jazz bassist and producer Rick Kilburn, who has performed with artists ranging from Chilliwack and Mose Allison to Dave Brubeck and Chet Baker. Add in an endlessly long list of others. Kilburn as a bassist-composer, spent over a decade in New York learning the craft of production while performing as a professional jazz bassist with famous US jazz icons like Dave Brubeck and Chet Baker. Eventually, Kilburn returned to Canada running several recording studios, working on continuous projects including instructing at the prestigious Banff Centre for the Arts, and becoming a four-time JUNO-winning producer and a West Coast and East Coast Award winner.
IndieX Film Fest, Indie Short Fest, Roma Short Film Festival, Seoul International Short Film Festival, The Tokyo International Short Film Festival, Montreal Independent Film Festival, and the Toronto International Women's Film Festival have selected the film. The “In the Zone: Rick Kilburn,” team is honored that in January 2021 the short film placed as a Finalist for Season 6 - Documentary Short at the invite-only jellyFEST Film Festival. The mini-doc is a current finalist in Paris, New York, Toronto, Rome, Hollywood, and Tokyo.
The Canadian short has been selected in several festivals and more upcoming future festing results will be coming from New York, Spain, London, Berlin, Australia, and other invitations. McDowall especially wants to thank Rick Kilburn, Jim Kilburn, Shaw Spotlight’s Cam McLean, Todd Jones, Stas Bobkov and Jocelyn Matwe, Shaw Spotlight volunteer Doug Tombe, and everyone in her circle for their support recently and/or along the way. Music fans and those curious can catch the film also for free on YouTube and can subscribe to Nanaimo, Canada’s Shaw Spotlight: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=koV7F42KO0U.