When I first met Canyon Sam about two years ago at a reading of her book Sky Train: Tibetan Women on the Edge of History, I was immediately queerious about Canyon and her works because she is such a multi-talented personality. Based in San Francisco, Canyon Sam is an accomplished performance artist, published author and activist. Starting out as an activist in the 70s, Canyon Sam has contributed significantly to the LGBT, Asian American and global Tibetan community. As an LGBT person of color in America, I also found Canyon’s life and works fascinating and compelling because of her intersecting cultural, ethnic and sexual identities. However, I was surprised that not many people knew about her and her works. Canyon is also one of the first Asian American lesbian activists in the world.
Canyon and I decided to work on a documentary together about her life and works. I started shooting on and off for a year and a half, and now it’s the time to finish it up as I just received a festival invitation. The film will have its world premiere in May!Despite several attempts of applying for grants and funding, I could not get find any budget for the film and I have been personally paying for all the expenses. Of course, I also had to wear numerous hats such as being the cinematographer and the editor on top of writing, producing and directing.
As I need a little help to finish the film up, I decided to put up a Kickstarter campaign to raise some money for post-production necessities. Contributing to this project will keep the legacy of documenting groundbreaking Asian American and LGBT people alive.
Please help me spread the word and thanks in advance for your support.