Raised on an Alberta cattle ranch, interdisciplinary artist Chrystene Ells worked in the San Francisco film industry for 20 years before returning to Canada to focus on her own work, which includes puppets, painting, sculpting, film, theatre, and community art projects. In January of 2012 Werner Herzog shook her hand and told her that one of her indie art films was 'very strange' and that he liked it 'very much.'