Aerlan Barrett is a writer, filmmaker and musician. He grew up between Canada, Mexico, Scotland and Belgium. He is a graduate of Simon Fraser University’s School of the Contemporary Arts with a BFA in Film Production. He works as a freelance writer, editor, director, cinematographer and producer. As a cinematographer many of his films have won awards: Lifers won a Leo Award, TIFF Student Top Ten Winner, Montreal Narrative prize and a VIFF Official Selection; Paradiso was a TIFF Official Selection; Jerk and Villain each were selected for the Montreal World Film Festival; and Emma was an FNC selection for the Montreal World Festival. He is also the winner of a Praxis Screenwriters Award for the feature film script Elise. His film, the Cigarette, is a documentary based on research done in China on the material environments of older adults with Megan Strickfaden.