69 seconds with … Vancouver Queer Film Festival Director of Programming Amber Dawn

Spend 69 seconds with the Vancouver Queer Film Festival Director of Programming Amber Dawn.

01Your first job.
Babysitting.

02The job you wanted as a child.
I actually was hoping to die while I was still young and pretty. Sigh.

03What is getting the most play on your iPod right now.
“Oh Little Fire”, by Sarah Harmer. Also, for the last five years or more, I’ve listened to “Under Pressure” by Queen and David Bowie every day.

04Your favourite movie.
I watch more than 300 movies a year. How am I supposed to pick just one?

05Your pet peeve.
The fact that all of my clothes are constantly covered in my 10-year old Pomerania’s fur.

06Your hero.
Each and every kid who starts a Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) at their high school.

07The three things you would want with you on a deserted island.
An iPad with one thousand e-books and an inexhaustible battery. An endless supply of Aveda’s Rosemary Mint Body Lotion. A loyal helper monkey.

08One thing no one knows about you (and you are willing to share).
There are dirty, rotten Tupperware containers hidden under my desk at Queer Film Festival office. When I think about trying to wash it I feel queasy, but I can’t throw it in a land fill. I tried ignoring it, but it’s plastic and won’t go away.

09 One word your best friend would use to describe you.
Unicorn-esque.

10 The one thing any visitor to Vancouver simply cannot miss (besides the Vancouver Queer Film Festival).
Eat some Fanny Bay oysters at the Blue Water Cafe. Shop on Main Street for vintage and local designers fashion. And – most importantly – support Vancouver’s dynamic and non-pretentious arts scene. Go to a music, film, literary or performance art festival or event.

MEET Amber Dawn

Amber DawnAmber Dawn is a writer, filmmaker and performance artist based in Vancouver.

She is the author of the novel Sub Rosa (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2010), editor of the Lambda Award-nominated Fist of the Spider Woman (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2008) and co-editor of With a Rough Tongue: Femmes Write Porn (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2005).

She was voted Xtra! West’s Hero of the Year in 2008. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia.

Currently, she is the director of programming for the Vancouver Queer Film Festival.

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