Reel Conversations:

Trevor Anderson & Lacey Oake

Join us for a special virtual talk with Trevor Anderson, Red Deer College (Polytechnic) alumni and writer-director of the film Before I Change My Mind (our first film of the Fall 2023 Reel Movie Mondays season; partly filmed in Red Deer) and actor Lacey Oake, who starred in the film as Izzy.

This talk will take place via Zoom and registration is required to receive a link for the presentation. Please note this talk will contain Before I Change My Mind spoilers.

Trevor Anderson (photo by Lyle Bell)

About Trevor Anderson

Born in Red Deer and based in Montreal, Trevor Anderson is a writer-director and former video store clerk. His feature film Before I Change My Mind had its world premiere at the 2022 Locarno Film Festival and will be released in North America in 2024. Trevor’s short films have screened at many A-list and LGBTQ film festivals, including three times at Sundance, three times at SXSW, and twice at the Berlinale – where his musical The Man That Got Away (2012) won the D.A.A.D. Short Film Prize. For more information visit

Lacey Oake

About Lacey Oake

Lacey Oake is from Red Deer and has been acting since she was 8 years old. Her first role was a fairy in the Cornerstone Youth Theatre’s 2017 production of Peter Pan and has since performed in 11 shows with the program. Lacey loves acting and has been in a number of short films, including The Events at Unity Farm (directed by Jason Wan Lim), Dream Catcher (directed by Christy Marchuk), and a number of short films directed by Red Deer Polytechnic Students. In 2020, Lacey was cast as Aela in the feature length horror film Jikirag, which was filmed entirely in Central Alberta, near Rocky Mountain House. That same year, she was cast as Izzy in Before I Change My Mind, which premiered in 2022 at the Locarno Film Festival. She won the 2022 International IRIS prize for Best Performance in a Female Role for her performance as Izzy, as well as a Canadian Joey Award for Best Principal Performer. In 2023, Lacey was awarded a Mayor’s Recognition Award for her outstanding contributions to the fine and performing arts here in Red Deer.

Lacey continues to act and was recently cast as a lead in Hunting Hills High School’s production of Ranked, which will open in March of 2024 at the Memorial Centre, while on the hunt for her next role in a feature film or series. When she isn’t acting, Lacey dances competitively and takes part in regular vocal lessons. She enjoys time with her family, her dog, and her friends.

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