I am 60 years old. I have a long history of success at almost everything that I do, but I didn't choose the things I have done out of passion.
When I was a teenager, I started making films with my dad's 8mm and super 8 cameras. There were 3 of us who were making films in high school and we made good short films, winning awards and accolades from friends, teachers and the local arts community.
When I finished high school I had been working part time and had enough money and wanted to buy a Beaulieu 16mm film camera and start making more serious films. My father was a totalitarian ruler of our household and he said NO. I was not allowed to follow my heart. He selected my career for me as a professional… and architect. Although I was good as an architect and successful, I never liked it. I left the profession over 20 years ago and went into the It management consulting field, where I continue today to work and run my own company. Again, although I am successful, it’s not what I have really wanted to do… it’s what I can do and do well to live.
Last year after 3 friends tragically died in a head on car crash, I made a decision to pursue my passions. I went to New York and studied film making at the Millennium Film workshop and then produced, wrote and filmed my first film – a 22 minutes comedy. I have completed my first feature length film Rulers of Darkness, and am working on the next two features a Sci-Fi horror and a family Christmas movie.
My story: it’s never too late to have a happy childhood.
Name: Dale Windle
Lives in: Ottawa, Canada
Company: Aventus Films
Occupation: Producer and Director
Royal Reel Award for Rulers of Darkness, Canadian International Film Festival
Winner Feature Film Competition, Lumbee River Film Festival
Hollywood Film Institute