Lesbian porn, community standards and whack-a-mole

Welcome to Awesome People, Sandi Somers.

Sandi was born in Cape Breton and, if you listen closely you can hear her accent (no Keith's was consumed during this interview). She came to Calgary in the 80's after finishing college with a degree in Theatre Design. 

Sandi was the resident designer for One Yellow Rabbit until 1992. She then jumped...and flew...pursuing her career as an independent film maker. She has made over 70 films including “Lock up your Daughters” her lesbian porn project, that was funded, believe it or not, by the NFB.

Some of her films can be viewed on Vimeo here.

Sandi was the catalyst for a much needed change in the 90’s.

Personal politics has its time and this was our time, I just happened to be a part of it.
— Sandi Somers

Her favourite film director is the one and only Kathryn Bigelow.

We talk about so many incredible things, including:

  • hands-on hands-off funding
  • community standards
  • equal rights 
  • bomb scares
  • the politics of identity
  • supporting something without interfering with it
  • The Tibetan Book of the Dead, and
  • practical decision making

This is an hour and a half of incredibleness. If you are curious about lesbian politics in the 90’s in Alberta then listen up! This interview will make you laugh and, quite possibly, make you cry.

Please welcome Sandi.


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