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Gayle Knutson


Gayle has been in the filmmaking business so long that when she started in TV, the phrase “film at 10” was still commonly used in teasers for newscasts. She stayed fit by rushing film back from various events so it could be processed in time for the nightly news.


After graduating from St. Cloud State, Gayle spent six years in the world of corporate filmmaking “learning from the best” at Honeywell, then a prominent Fortune 100 company. Later, as a freelance producer and director, Gayle created a variety of productions for corporations, ad agencies and television.


In 1999, Gayle produced and directed her first independent live-action short film titled GRANDFATHER’S BIRTHDAY which starred veteran stage, screen and television actor Robert Prosky.  GRANDFATHER’S BIRTHDAY is based on one of the most popular stories ever published in Ann Landers’ syndicated newspaper column and won 23 awards worldwide including a regional Emmy.  The film has been viewed by millions across the globe and is used for education on elderly issues in more than 1200 schools, churches, prisons, and healthcare institutions across the U.S. and Canada.


Gayle also produced two successful documentary shorts. IF THERE WERE NO LUTHERANS…WOULD THERE STILL BE GREEN JELL-O®?, is a humorous piece about the “Church Sign Guy” of Stillwater, Minnesota. It has been selected for inclusion in the permanent film collection at the Library of Congress and Minnesota History Center.


Gayle’s second documentary, PRISONER 32,232 tells the story of longtime St. Olaf College (Minnesota) professor Reidar Dittmann, who was imprisoned in Buchenwald concentration camp by the Nazis during World War II as a member of the Norwegian Resistance. The film was added to the permanent film collection at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.


Gayle’s film/video work has earned her numerous awards worldwide.  She is currently in production on her next live action short film, MONOPOLY which is scheduled to go into production in August, 2016.


Gayle’s latest adventure is as the author of her first children’s picture book, FULL OF SMILES.  FULL OF SMILES speaks to children ages 3 to 8 about the value of each person in their community and the importance of not taking one another for granted.


In her “other” life, Gayle is a trained EMT and volunteers on her local rescue squad. She has also played a key role in national disaster relief work for the American Red Cross including Hurricane Katrina/Rita, Hurricane Ike and Hurricane Sandy.


Gayle and her husband Jim Maher have been married since 1982 and have one daughter, Casey, a singer and actress currently living in Hollywood.



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