MARISA CALIN

MARISA CALIN

A Million Happy Nows
Aug 17, 7:00pm, International Village

Marisa is an actress, screenwriter and novelist. She grew up in Bath, England, and trained at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York. Her debut novel for Young Adults, Between You & Me, – a Kirkus Reviews’ Best Book of 2012 and recipient of a Kirkus star for “books of exceptional merit” – is available from Bloomsbury. Between You & Me was also selected for the American Library Associations’ 2013 Rainbow Book List of quality books with authentic LGBT content, and as a Kobo dazzling debut.

She is the narrator of numerous audiobooks, including Paula Brackston’s The Witch’s Daughter, Kerstin Gier’s time travel trilogy Ruby Red, and Close My Eyes by Sophie McKenzie – an “inspired, emotional performance” for which she received a Publishers Weekly starred review.
Find out more and listen to extracts of all her books at marisacalin.com. She lives in New York City.

Faizan Fiaz

Faizan Fiaz

Geopolitics of Queer, The
Aug 13, 6:30pm, International Village

Faizan Fiaz is journalist and videographer who has lived and worked in Pakistan for several years for a number of international news organisations. Poshida: Hidden LGBT Pakistan is their first film, of which they say, “I’m excited to share some of the intriguing stories of Pakistan, my country of heritage and my home for best part of a decade. Pakistan is an endlessly surprising and heartbreaking place and it’s my hope to uncover some of it through film.”

t’ai freedom ford

t’ai freedom ford

Revival: Women and the Word, The
Aug 19, 7:00pm, York Theatre

t’ai freedom ford is a New York City high school English teacher, Cave Canem Fellow and Pushcart Prize nominee. She received her MFA in Fiction from Brooklyn College. Her work has widely published and anothologized, including in The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop. In 2012 and 2013, she completed two multi-city tours as a part of a queer women of color literary salon, The Revival. In 2014, she was the winner of The Feminist Wire’s inaugural poetry contest judged by Evie Shocklee and is a 2015 Center for Fiction Fellow. Her first poetry collection, how to get over, was published with Red Hen Press, Spring 2017.

Blair Fukumura

Blair Fukumura

DTF: Down To Fright
Aug 11, 9:30pm, International Village

Blair Fukumura is a self taught film maker whose fifth short film is the award winning animated documentary The Night Cleaner. Blair’s work in both documentary and narrative short film explores the experience of the outsider voice within minority groups and stories that arise from intersectionality. Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Blair lives and works in Mississauga, Ontario.

Jac Gares

Jac Gares

FREE CeCe!
Aug 18, 9:30pm, SFU GCA

Jac Gares is a New York-based filmmaker. FREE CeCe! is her directorial debut documentary feature film. For five years, Jac served as producer and supervising producer of IN THE LIFE on public television, her work garnered awards from NLGJA, GLAAD, and Webbys. She produced specials and documentaries for the History Channel, Food Network, USA Networks and PBS’s premiere non-fiction film showcase, P.O.V./The American Documentary. Gares has a BA in English Literature from Rutgers University and an MA in Media Studies from The New School. Jacqueline has been named Go Magazine’s 100 Women We Love, was featured in Cahiers du Cinema, and is a proud 2014 Jerome Foundation Emerging Film/Video Artist Grantee.

Samantha Lee

Samantha Lee

Maybe Tomorrow (Baka Bukas)
Aug 12, 6:30pm, International Village

Samantha Lee is a filmmaker from the Philippines. Her recently completed film Baka Bukas (Maybe Tomorrow) won the Audience Choice Award in the recently concluded Cinema One Originals Festival in Manila. She has done a variety of freelance commercial work both in the Philippines and in Australia, where she completed her Master of Communication at RMIT University. She currently works as the Multimedia Editor for CNN Philippines Life.

Francis Luta

Francis Luta

Project Gelb
Aug 18, 7:30pm, SFU GCA

Francis Luta is an emerging Canadian filmmaker with works ranging from fiction and non-fiction. To date, he’s directed seventeen short films, and is currently filming his debut feature “Alone Across the Arctic.” With a background in fine arts and graphic design, Francis Luta has exhibited art works in Berlin, Germany and Toronto, Canada, shows include Toronto International Art Fair, Berliner Kunstsalon and Preview Berlin.

Fawzia Mirza

Fawzia Mirza

Signature Move
Aug 12, 2:00pm, International Village

Fawzia Mirza is a Pakistani-Canadian film and television actress, writer, producer and comedian. She is known for her works such as web series Kim Kardashian and the feature comedy Signature Move. She uses performance, personal storytelling & comedy to break down stereotypes across a multiplicity of identities: race, religion, sexual orientation, gender & defy the concept of the “model minority.”

Fawzia Mirza will also be in attendance at The Geopolitics of Queer

Steen Starr

Steen Starr

Older Than What?
Aug 18, 7:30pm, International Village

Steen Starr is a writer, playwright, performer, and filmmaker based in Toronto, Canada. Her work for the theatre has been produced across Canada and in the US and her writing has been included in a number of Canadian and international anthologies. Older than what? is Starr’s second short film. Her first, Putting the “I” in Trans, circulated to film festivals worldwide and won the Audience Award as Best GenderBender Short at the Hamburg International Queer Film Festival

Doris Yeung

Doris Yeung

Taxi Stories
Aug 17, 9:00pm, SFU GCA

Doris Yeung 楊文穎 was raised in Hong Kong and California. She has written and directed films in China, Europe and the US and has studied at the University of California, Los Angeles, American Film Institute and Beijing Film Academy with degrees in Art History and Directing. She directed her first feature film, Motherland (2009) was named one of the 10 best Asian American Films of 2009 by Asian Pacific Arts Magazine. She was named “filmmaker to watch” by the Hollywood Reporter. She has resided and worked in Amsterdam since 2002 and founded the CinemAsia Film Festival, Netherlands.

Edzi’u

IndigiFemme: Sex Sovereignties
Aug 15, 9:30pm, Vancity Theatre
A mixed race Tahltan-Tlingit songwriter and composer, Edzi'u mesmerizes audiences with her sultry harmonic vocal loops, modal changes, and electronic audio exploration. Her sound has evolved into mixing electronic with acoustic writing, and sampling audio from many generations of her grandmothers recorded stories. Edzi'u is writing, destroying, and re-writing an EP.

Jeremy Lutter

Coast is Queer, The
Aug 18, 7:00pm, York Theatre
Measuring in at a height of six feet seven inches tall, Jeremy Lutter understands the benefit of standing out in a crowd. Lutter’s work is known for intimate narratives with an element of fantasy. His filmography has brought to life a robot best friend, a vicious changeling, and a monster brother to name a few.

Ookishkimaanisii

IndigiFemme: Body Sovereignties
Aug 15, 7:00pm, Vancity Theatre
Ookishkimaanisii (Sophie Bender Johnston) is an Anishinaabe-kwe, marten clan, and a member of the Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation. As an uninvited guest in Coast Salish homelands, she holds a Bachelors of Arts from UBC in Creative Writing and Indigenous Studies. Sophie is a doula and student midwife at Ryerson University.

Kay (K) Ho

Kay (K) Ho is a queer, non-binary artist of colour. They are a photographer, writer, and facilitator. In their body of work, K focuses on the joy, struggle, and tenderness of living in intersectional margins. These days, they are especially curious to take part in conversations around transgression, whiteness, and un/belonging. K currently lives in unceded Coast Salish territories.

Steve Adams and Sean Horlor

A Small Part of Me
Aug 18, 5:30pm, Vancity Theatre
Steve Adams and Sean Horlor direct, produce, and write together. They are a gay couple from Vancouver and are both self-taught filmmakers. They're also both from smaller communities in British Columbia and had little exposure to LGBTQ+ stories growing up in the 80s and 90s. They like to create stories where LGBTQ+ characters are complicated and multifaceted and human.

Cory Ashworth

The March Sweater
Aug 14, 7:00pm, Vancity Theatre
Cory Ashworth, co-host of Janice and Cory on Roundhouse Radio 98.3. Previously an announcer on The PEAK, Cory is co-host of Rain City Chronicles, co-creator of A Good Book Drive for children in Vancouver and founder of AYAM Civic Society, which produced the The March Sweater Project in support of Vancouver's aging LGBTQ2+ population.

Ian Barbour and Darren Heroux

Antonette & Tobin: local trans stories
Aug 18, 5:30pm, SFU GCA
Ian Barbour and Darren Heroux produce documentaries with Radar Nine Films . For the past 10 years they’ve worked almost exclusively by themselves, trading roles of producer, director, camera operator, sound recordist, editor other facets of documentary production. They are able to create real relationships with their subjects and this proximity is reflected in the intimacy of their work.

Joella Cabalu

Coast is Queer, The
Aug 18, 7:00pm, York Theatre
Joella Cabalu is a Filipino-Canadian Vancouver-based filmmaker with an Art History degree from the University of British Columbia (2008) and a graduate of the Documentary Film Production Program at Langara College (2013). In 2015, Cabalu delivered her first broadcast documentary It Runs in the Family, which won last year’s OUTtv People's Choice Award for Best Feature.

Maiden China

Maiden China had her drag debut on the 1181 stage at Peach Cobblah's Shame Spiral in 2016. Daughter of Shay Dior, her drag burns with the fire of intersectional feminist politics and draws inspiration from Classical Chinese Theatre and queer androgyny. Love and Liberation is her performance mandate. Maiden was the first runner up of Mr/Ms Cobalt 2017, and is part of the Man Up family.

Jillian Christmas

Jillian Christmas serves as Artistic Director of Verses Festival of Words and as the Master of Vancouver Poetry Slam. Jillian's past titles include Vancouver Poetry Slam Champion (2012, 2014) and Vancouver Women of the World representative (2013, 2014, 2015)

Britney Dennison

Coast is Queer, The
Aug 18, 7:00pm, York Theatre
Britney Dennison is the Research Advisor for Men's Health Research where she coordinates the social media and communications. She is also the deputy director of the Global Reporting Centre where she specializes in mental health reporting and international journalism. Her work has appeared in the Toronto Star, the Tyee, CTV, Al Jazeera and more.

Shay Dior

Shay Dior is a performance-centred drag queen, transplanted from Toronto. Shay made her mark on the Vancouver drag scene when she leapt from newcomer to runner up of Mr/Ms Cobalt 2016. With a repertoire ranging from powerful ballad performances to high energy numbers, her versatility has proven she can do it all. Shay Dior can be found at various venues around the city performing on club stages, fundraisers, marathons, pride events, and even weddings.

Monique Gray Smith

Monique Gray Smith is a mixed–heritage woman of Cree, Lakota and Scottish ancestry and a proud mom of twins. Monique is an accomplished consultant, writer and international speaker. Her first novel, Tilly: A Story of Hope and Resilience, won the 2014 Burt Award for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Literature.

Sarah Hunt

IndigiFemme: Body Sovereignties
Aug 15, 7:00pm, Vancity Theatre
Sarah Hunt is a Kwagu’ł (Kwakwaka'wakw) scholar, a Two-Spirit activist and lazy femme. She has long worked in collaboration with Indigenous communities to address diverse issues related to justice, health, gender and sexuality. Sarah is assistant professor in the Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies at UBC.

Tiaré Jung

Growing up, Tiaré (tee.ah.ray) was often accused of being a brown-noser. Not to be pigeon-holed as a model minority, they have wracked up a list of experiences that you won’t find on their resume including, but not limited to: dropping out of art school and doing art anyways, secretly rescuing their grandma from a seniors-holding facility, and making menstrual pads out of the stolen gear of selfish sports bros.  They are a visual storyteller, face painter, poet, and singer. And they have fallen in with entirely the right crowd. They still aim to please… but it’s not without side eye.

Jason Karman

Coast is Queer, The
Aug 18, 7:00pm, York Theatre
Jason Karman is a graduate student in Film Production and Creative Writing at UBC. His short films have screened at festivals in Brazil, Hong Kong, Australia, across Europe, United States and Canada. He received the Gerry Brunet Memorial Award at Vancouver Queer Film Festival in 2011, and in 2015 was the recipient of the Jury Choice Award at Reel Pride Winnipeg.

Nancy Lee

Coast is Queer, The
Aug 18, 7:00pm, York Theatre
Nancy Lee is a curator of interactions. An avid filmmaker, Nancy has worked as a documentarian, music video director, and experimental film director. Commissioned by Festival of Recorded Movement for their 2016 program, Nancy directed and premiered dance film “Faux Solo” in collaboration with Ralph Escamillan.

Rama Luksiarto

Crossing Bridges
Aug 17, 7:00pm, York Theatre
Rama Luksiarto is a creative designer with over six years of experience working with non-profits and social cause projects. He recently graduated from the Master of Arts in Media Production program at Ryerson University in 2016 where he directed and produced his first documentary “Crossing Bridges.” Rama aspires to produce more film and media projects to engage with topics of race, sexuality and identity.

Joshua M Ferguson and Florian Halbedl

Coast is Queer, The
Aug 18, 7:00pm, York Theatre
Joshua M. Ferguson and Florian Halbedl, based in Vancouver, have produced and directed the award-winning Whispers of Life (2013) and Limina (2016). In addition to Henry’s Heart (shooting fall of 2017), they are developing a short-length documentary and a feature-length fiction film.

Ray McEachern

Stay Gold Man Up
Aug 14, 7:00pm, York Theatre
Ray McEachern is a queer non-binary trans artist working and living on Coast Salish Territories. What has always been consistent in Ray's art is their fascination with the diversity of human expression and experience. Their personal photo and video work focuses on exploring and documenting local gender variant culture and queer identity.

Narges Mohebbi

Coast is Queer, The
Aug 18, 7:00pm, York Theatre
Narges Mohebbi was born in 1995 in Tehran, Iran. She became interested in cinema as a story teller in her twenties when she noticed her life as a refugee traveler played an important role in enhancing her experiences in her personal life and artistic life.

David Ng and Jen Sungshine

Coast is Queer, The
Aug 18, 7:00pm, York Theatre
David Ng and Jen Sungshine, co-founders of Love Intersections, are artist-activists who provoke the question: how do we all love? Bringing to art and life the intersecting dimensions of queerness, racial/cultural identity, dis/ability, family, and love to the screen, their work has screened in 30 film festivals across the world. They insist on leading with fearless empathy and critical curiosity.

Samantha Nock

IndigiFemme: Body Sovereignties
Aug 15, 7:00pm, Vancity Theatre
Samantha Nock is a Cree-Metis poet and writer from Dawson Creek, BC. Her family originates from Sakitawak or Ile-a-la-Crosse, Saskatchewan. She has been published in GUTS Magazine, Red Rising Magazine, Shameless Magazine, and Māmawi-ācimowak: Lit, Crit, and Art Literary Journal. She cares about radical decolonization, coffee, corgis, and her two cats, Betty and Jughead. You can find her tweeting at @sammymarie.

DJ O Show

DJ O Show brings 8+ years of experience to the industry. She has dedicated herself to music, chiseling out her niche as a Two-Spirited DJ. DJ O Show is also the Head Instructor at the School of Remix, teaching students to pursue their dream of becoming a DJ. In addition to DJ'ing, she is an inspirational speaker, traveling across the country to bring ambition and drive to youth.

Ruthe Ordare

IndigiFemme: Sex Sovereignties
Aug 15, 9:30pm, Vancity Theatre
Ruthe Ordare is a performer of mixed heritage from the Mohawk Nation and is a founding member of the all-Aboriginal burlesque troupe Virago Nation.

BODY PARTY

If you wanna party, shake your body! Bella and ManyBothans have been DJ'ing throughout BC for years individually, but when the two stepped on stage together in 2014, it was love at first mix. Now, after years of trading track for track at all your favourite queer parties in East Van, they have developed a rep for delivering all the hype all the time.

Linnea Ritland

Coast is Queer, The
Aug 18, 7:00pm, York Theatre
Linnea Ritland is a full time student in the UBC Film Production Program and part time lover of bread. She once saw some comedy and was like, "wow, that brought me so much joy! I should try writing some." And that’s when the joy turned to suffering. She hopes it will transcended back to joy when you see Violet and June!

Shane Sable

IndigiFemme: Sex Sovereignties
Aug 15, 9:30pm, Vancity Theatre
Shane Sable is a 2Spirit Gitxsan artist of mixed heritage. Since her 2011 burlesque debut, Shane has slayed stages all over Vancouver in front of and behind the scenes. Shane is the convening member of Virago Nation - North America's first all-indigenous burlesque collective.

Milena Salazar

Coast is Queer, The
Aug 18, 7:00pm, York Theatre
Milena Salazar's work as a documentary director, editor or cinematographer has screened at festivals, online, broadcast, and on Air Canada inflight entertainment systems. In 2016, she was selected as 1 of 8 emerging filmmakers from across Canada to participate in the Hot Docs documentary channel Doc Accelerator Program.

Si Sityaawks

IndigiFemme: Body Sovereignties
Aug 15, 7:00pm, Vancity Theatre
Si Sityaawks - Woman who creates change (Jessica Wood) is a Gitxan/Tsimshian multi-disciplinary artist whose background in traditional northwest coast art is the foundation for her contemporary work as a photographer, filmmaker, and activist. Her work focuses on topics related to Indigenous women, gendered violence, queer identity, and sex work. She is a main contributor to the blog Tea & Bannock.

Jen Sookfong Lee

Jen Sookfong Lee is a Canadian broadcaster, novelist, and radio personality for CBC Radio One. She is the author of The Conjoined, The Better Mother, Shelter, and The End of East. Gentlemen of the Shade was launched this summer on ECW Press.

Alan Woo

Alan Woo is the author of Maggie's Chopsticks, which won the Christie Harris Illustrated Children’s Literature award at the BC Book Prizes 2013. He had previously worked as the gay men's outreach coordinator for the Asian Society for the Intervention of AIDS and produced a monthly Showtunes event at 1181, raising funds for various community organizations including the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. His new children's book, Chinese Skip, is due out from Kids Can Press in September of 2018.