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Community Talk: Queer Women in Film

To close Women’s History Month, Out On Screen is pleased to share a conversation with three local queer filmmakers who have an intimate understanding of what it’s like to be a queer woman working in the film industry today.

Jen Sungshine, Amy Fox, and Bruna Arbex

Queer cinema is exploding, and there are more diverse representations of queer women on screen now than ever before, and yet queer women are still hard to find behind the camera. We want to celebrate some of the local filmmakers we admire and hear from them about their own artistic journeys.

Click the video above to hear from the talented Jen Sungshine, Amy Fox, and Bruna Arbex in a panel moderated by Artistic Director Anoushka Ratnarajah.

Bruna Arbex is an award-winning Brazilian director/ writer. With a focus in surrealism as a narrative outlet, her scope of work varies between short films, music videos, short documentaries and commercial work. Creator of the award-winning short film “La Ceri-se”, most recently shown at Vancouver Queer Film Festival and now available at tellofilms.com, now she is doing a festival run with her most recent shot “This Is a Period Piece”, funded by Crazy 8’s film society. In 2019 she developed a shot-format documentary web series as the Creative Director of the online channel Mix Society. Since 2017 she has been investing in her music video director career.
Amy founded Trembling Void with a simple objective: redefine prevailing narrative standards by creating high quality yet socially responsible content. This quest has taken her to writing and producing The Switch, the world’s first transgender sitcom.
Jen Sungshine is a queer Taiwanese-Canadian interdisciplinary & multi-hyphenate artist/activist, community facilitator, and cultural producer based in Vancouver, BC. She is the Co-Artistic Director and Co-founder of Love Intersections, a media arts collective producing intergenerational + intersectional QTBIPOC stories through documentary film. Her most recent works include Yellow Peril: Queer Destiny (2019), winner of the Gerry Brunet Memorial Award for best BC Short; and visual arts exhibit, Yellow Peril; Celestial Elements (2020) at the SUM Gallery. She is a co-producer of CURRENT: Feminist Electronic Art Symposium and currently serves on the board of Vancouver Artists Labour Union Cooperative (VALU CO-OP).