Gerald L’Ecuyer was born and raised in Montreal and began his professional career at the CBC. A short film he directed in 1983 entitled The Dexter Reports earned him the Dean’s Prize from Concordia University and a prize for Best Cinematography at the Canadian Student Film Festival.
After his studies L’Ecuyer moved to New York and began working at Andy Warhol’s Factory. While working on Warhol’s TV show and writing for Interview Magazine, he directed and produced The Critical Years. The film, which starred Ann Magnuson and Warhol luminary Brigid Berlin, premiered at the Berlin Film Festival and went on to win awards at festivals around the world. After leaving the Factory, L’Ecuyer worked as a creative consultant on shows such as Twin Peaks and China Beach.
He returned to Canada to attend Norman Jewison’s newly founded Canadian Film Centre where he was a directing resident. He also began working on his first feature film The Grace of God. Completed in 1997, The Grace of God won the Grand Prize for Best Feature Film at Toronto’s Inside/OUT Film Festival, and was shown at dozens of other international festivals. It was purchased by Bravo! and had its Canadian broadcast premiere in 1998.
In 2004, he co-wrote, produced and directed his second feature film Gerald L’Ecuyer: A Filmmaker’s Journey. Shot entirely in New York with a modest budget, the fictional mockumentary starred Bob Balaban, Lothaire Bluteau, Christopher Durang and L’Ecuyer as himself. The film aired on Showcase and IFC Canada and eventually served as the basis for L’Ecuyer’s six-part comedy series It’s Me...Gerald, which featured L’Ecuyer, Kristen Thomson and Tom McCamus. The series was produced by Daniel Iron and aired on Showcase in the fall of 2005.
L’Ecuyer has also written extensively for publications such as Vogue, Mirabella, Interview and The Idler magazine. His acting credits include Twin Peaks and The Eternal Husband, as well as A Filmmaker’s Journey and It’s Me...Gerald.