Jen Sungshine (Co-Creative Director) speaks for a living, but lives for breathing life into unspoken situations in unusual places. She is a nerdy queer Taiwanese interdisciplinary artist/activist, facilitator, and community mentor based in Vancouver, BC, and the Co-Creative Director and founder of Love Intersections, a media arts collective that cultivate a vision of collaborative filmmaking and relational storytelling. Jen’s artistic practice involves learning through unlearning; and instead of calling you out, she wants to call you in, to make artful social change with her. In the audience, she looks for art in your interruption.
David Ng (Co-Creative Director) is a queer, feminist, media artist, and co-founder of Love Intersections. His current artistic practices grapple with queer, racialized, and diasporic identity, and how intersectional identities can be expressed through media arts. His interests include imagining new possibilities of how queer racialized artists can use their practice to transform communities.
His work has also recently included collaborations with Primary Colours / Couleurs primaires, which is a national initiative to put Indigenous arts practices at the centre of the Canadian art system through the leadership of Indigenous artists, supported by artists of colour.
Yasmin Majdnia (member) is an Iranian-Canadian diaspora child. She has spent her entire life growing up outside her ancestral home of Iran and because of this, is interested in diasporic experiences. She is currently finishing her degree at the University of British Columbia in Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice.
Yasmin loves exploring new places and finding good food. When not out and about finding the next place to eat, she is at home watching movies and geeking out on film soundtracks.
Andy Holmes (member) became a part of Love Intersections under the mentorship of both Jen Sung and David Ng. As a queer and biracial individual, Andy is a strong advocate for social justice through an intersectional perspective.
Born and raised in Vancouver on unceded Coast Salish lands, Andy graduated from Prince of Wales Secondary as their Student Council President, and leader of their gay/queer-straight alliance club. He was instrumental in organizing the annual anti-bullying/pink shirt day in his school, and in implementing his school’s first all-gender washroom. As a current UBC student, Andy is focused in studying social justice-related issues with a minor in critical studies in sexuality.
Andy loves Pokémon, Harry Potter, California rolls, bubble tea, travelling, and listening to music that drives his inspiration.
Kimberley Wong (member) is a queer intersectional feminist Chinese activist growing, studying, and creating on unceded xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) territory.
She is majoring in Geography (Environment and Sustainability) with an interdisciplinary minor in Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Social Justice, Anthropology, and Political Science at the University of British Columbia. Kimberley is focusing her studies on understanding the lives and migration patterns of her matriarchal ancestors from Hoisan County. As a fourth-generation Chinese-Canadian, whose ancestors were Canadian Pacific Railway workers, and subject to the Chinese Head Tax, she is interested in how urban geography and feminist theory intersect with historic and contemporary experiences of racism, sexism, and homophobia. Kimberley’s experiential knowledge fuels her desire to inspire other diasporic Chinese youth to explore the intersection of identity and discrimination.
Mohamed Ibrahim Ali (member) is an Egyptian-American artist in Canada doing his best. Trained as a photographer at Emily Carr University of Art + Design, his chance portraiture and video performances engage with themes of failure, Muslim mysticism and the effects of diaspora on identity formation. Currently working in Vancouver, he is endlessly negotiating his ties to home and his status as a settler.
As a new member to the team, Mohamed is most enthusiastic about building collaborative visual projects, working as a part of a queer collective, and engaging with the community all under the Love Intersections’ mandate.
Mohamed loves talking about himself in the third person. Mohamed is excited to get to work!
Kristi Carey (member), mixed and mixed up in many ways, heritages, movements, and ideas, is a queer lover, friend, and hopeful facilitator of anti-colonial, anti-racist and feminist spaces. She aims to both fight the romanticization of community while also work to make our community networks a given: to work against the power of colonial illusions and exceptionalisms to create something different, an otherwise yet to come.
Academically, she reads patterns of privatization in education through haunted histories and erased paths of refusal led by student activists. Personally, she’s looking for new and exciting ways to comport herself now that she’s been overeducated. For now, she’s learned to do the translational work of convincing the powers that be that our communities have a right to exist and to thrive, and is ready to do the work of finding the forest in the trees. She also plays softball and apparently should drink 103oz of water a day, so she takes liberty for tea, beer, and her nalgene to share the load.
Eric Sanderson (cinematographer) is a maker of documentary films and videos based in Vancouver, BC. Graduating from SFU with a BFA in film production in 2009, he has since produced, directed, and shot a mix of short and medium-length documentaries and advocacy videos for a variety of clients.
He has dabbled in personal projects here and there, directing films that have screened at film festivals both locally and internationally, including Hot Docs in Toronto and DOXA in Vancouver.
As a cinematographer, he likes open spaces, long takes, and working with people who respect the storytelling power of a carefully-crafted image.
He sees documentary film as a medium that is uniquely positioned to interject a dose of empathy into our day to day discourses. He would like to see this happen more often.
Many people would describe D’Arcy Hamilton as a well-rounded filmmaker, although his true passion persists in telling engaging stories in an unbalanced world. With years of social and environmental education and an additional 16 months of intensive documentary film study, D’Arcy has an experienced knack for finding non-fiction stories like no other. His career has found him journeying one of the last remaining corners of the planet, shooting with recently discovered Indigenous peoples in West Papua, Indonesia.
D’Arcy has worked with a diverse amount of clients, ranging from Greenpeace Canada, Capilano University, Squamish Valley Music Festival, Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society and The Whistler Chamber of Commerce. Some of his work has been viewed on Shaw, OutTV as well as an Indonesian national TV Channel, DAAI TV.
As a Director of Photography, D’Arcy has been involved in a documentary in 2011, called Patience and Absurdity, which was screened in Vancouver’s WAM festival and in London’s Liberty Annual Arts Festival for the Paralympic Games. In 2013, he directed and shot a short film called Each and Every One for the International Documentary Challenge, which was shortlisted out of 112 entries to be screened at HotDocs in Toronto. In 2014 D’Arcy DOP’d a short film, Jens Lens, which was selected to compete in The Audience Awards for Best Cinematography.
With a background in world class customer service combined with a technical ability to wear many ‘hats’, D’Arcy has had the advantage of creating engaging films which have single handedly earned him a reputation, as well as a full time evolving career.
Duane R Stewart-Grant (contributor) is Haisla from Kitamaat Village and Nuu-chah-nulth from Port Alberni. His Haisla name is c’ee’hixid and he is from the Raven clan.
In 2006, when he was living in Kitamaat he worked for Kitamaat Village Radio (KVR 96.1FM), where in 2008 he became the radio station manager until 2010. While working at KVR he started learning and growing closer to his culture.
In 2006/2007 he participated in the Star in Your Own Stories with Chee Mamuk, Hello Cool World and 11 other youth from the Haisla Nation. In three days they produced and stared in their own little story called Stand True. Stand True talks about how rumors can spread around like HIV/AIDS. Through Stand True, Duane was able to travel all over BC and he even traveled outside BC for the first time!
Duane came out to his family on May 4, 2010, but knew he was two-spirited at an early age. Through his travels he did with Stand True he met many other Two-Spirited people who were out, strong and proud to be two-spirited, he looked up to them for guidance during his journey.
When he moved to Burnaby in 2013 he started dancing with the Git Hayetsk Dancers and started apprenticing with Mike & Mique’l Dangeli. He now is learning to carve, paint, create regalia, dance, and is drawing First Nation art. Duane hopes to one day bring his knowledge back home and start teaching the next generation what he has learned!
Nomonde Mxhalisa (contributor) is a fat, black, queer womanist – a lover of life and a crusader of the light. She came to her feminist awakening at her mother’s knee, when the pain and triumphs of the women who raised her illustrated daily the sheer importance of intersectional feminism.
Armed with a background in journalism, a degree in gender and transformation and a love of justice and joy, she has recently found a niche in the world of conservation. Her goal is to see an end to urban hunger by fusing gender and nature into a harmonious and sustainable solution to urban food insecurity.
Fat femme power, making the invisible visible and giving voice to oppression even through pain and fear are definite turn ons. Also lipstick, new hair, cupcakes and puppy dogs of all ages are guaranteed to warm the cockles of her heart.