After a decade of working in film and television, Rachel Bower found her true voice as a documentarian. Choosing subjects of deep personal interest and connection is essential to her documentary process and Rachel immerses her heart and soul into each project she takes on. Working with Studio 11, she has directed, filmed and edited numerous videos for organizations including the IWK Foundation, Bell Aliant and the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21.
Rachel has written and directed numerous CBC Land & Sea segments and during the pandemic, produced a short documentary called “Anna Quon” which aired in July 2021 on AMI TV. Rachel has written and directed short documentaries “Time Apart: A History of Hope” about holocaust survivor Alice Zuckerman in search of her long, lost family in Canada, “In The Same Boat” about one of Newfoundland’s last in-shore cod fisherman and his advice to Alberta farmers. “I Am Skylar”, an emotionally compelling story of an articulate 14-year-old transgender girl she produced for the National Film Board won Best Short Documentary awards at FIN Atlantic and the 2020 Seattle Children’s Film Festival. She was also one of four directors chosen from Atlantic Canada to participate in the director/composer mentorship program through the Atlantic Film Festival Association, the Guild of Canadian Film Composers.
Rachel's discipline and dedication to her film and video craft came from an unlikely source: baton twirling, where her competition on the national stage and a seventh place finish in the World Baton Twirling Championships led to her producing a documentary on the subject.