Amber Dawn joins Out On Screen

Out on Screen’s newly named director of programming, Amber Dawn, says she hopes to continue to use “art as a platform for activism”.

The performance, literary, and film artist has coproduced numerous LGBT community events and fundraising efforts including Odd Ball and Sistahood Celebration, and she won Xtra West’s 2008 Community Hero of the Year award. She will succeed visual artist and Straight contributor Vanessa Kwan, who left the position to become the Vancouver Art Gallery’s public-programs coordinator.

Speaking by phone from the OOS office, Upfold explained that she wants to continue OOS’s tradition of creating experiences for audiences that go beyond mere movie-watching. “I’m really interested in active audiences, and people who come to the Vancouver Queer Film Festival as not just audience members, meaning passive folks in theatre seating, but to view those people that come out to the festival more as participants that have an active role in shaping what the festival is.”

Upfold pointed out that a postscreening discussion at the November 27 Out in Schools screening of 1984 documentary The Times of Harvey Milk resulted in a busload of attendees going out to support an Abbotsford LGBT social-justice rally on December 6.