Shirley’s first foray into feature film producing was Gary Burns’ multi award-winning waydowntown. The film garnered the prestigious TorontoCity Award for best Canadian Feature Film at the 2000 Toronto International Film Festival and was named the best Canadian Film of 2000 by the Toronto Film Critics Association. For her success on waydowntown, Shirley was awarded the 2000 Artistic Merit Award at the Vancouver International Film Festival by Vancouver’s Women in Film and Video.
Shirley produced the 2001 and 2002 Features First Program for the National Screen Institute and in 2002 received the credit of Spiritual Advisor (a.k.a. Consulting Producer) on Michael Dowse’s hit cult film Fubar (Sundance Film Festival, 2002).
In 2003 she produced Gary Burns’ A Problem with Fear, which opened the Perspective Canada section of the Toronto International Film Festival in 2003 and opened the Panorama Speciale section of the Berlin International Film Festival of 2004.
In 2005 she was a producer on the Bruce McCulloch’s feature Comeback Season starring Ray Liotta. She also produced the documentary The Oldest Basketball Team in the World with director Sharon McGowan.