Patricia Gruben has recently returned to filmmaking after a long career of teaching production, screenwriting and film studies at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, and running the Praxis Centre for Screenwriters (now the Screenwriters Lab at the Whistler Film Festival). Her work has been shown at festivals around the world, including TIFF, VIFF, New York Film Festival, and Sundance. She has also worked in theatre and installation, and published several articles and book chapters on independent North American and Indian cinema. She was honoured as Woman of the Year by Vancouver Women in Film and Television in 2016.  Her new hybrid feature film, Heart of Gold, will be released in December 2022.