by Jarrah Hodge
The other day I was doing some research for another blog post when a message popped up from a friend of mine, asking, “Have you seen this?” The link was to a a Storyhive project pitch to make a film about Geek Girls of Vancouver.
I immediately signed up, cast the maximum five votes for the project, and then got in touch with the group pitching the project to learn more.
Amanda Konkin, who also co-hosts Quiver: The Green Arrow Podcast, spoke with me and told me a bit about her Vancouver-based organization, 4geeksmedia, and why they wanted to make a film with a focus on female geeks.
“I’ve been a part of 4geeksmedia for about two years. It’s myself and three of my closest friends and we’ve been covering geek events in Vancouver and across the Lower Mainland,” she explained.
At these events, Konkin and her friends met tons of amazing geeky women, but felt their stories weren’t really being told.
“Mainstream culture seems to think that geeks are men and our experience is that’s not the case. We go to conventions all the time and often they’re mostly attended by women,” Konkin explained.
“When [Telus’ competition for creative film grants] Storyhive came about we thought it would be great to use some of the people we met to highlight geek women, which we think is an underrepresented group. We wanted to highlight these amazing women participating in geek culture,” Konkin added.
The women 4geeksmedia is proposing to profile are musician Kieran Strange; “Nerd Queen of Burlesque” and Geekenders artistic director Fairlith Harvey; actor, writer and voiceover artist Joanna Gaskell; Loraine Sammy of Racebending.com; and writer Shannon Campbell.
I asked Konkin if she could tell me a bit more about how she sees women geeks being marginalized. She said one of the biggest areas where women are excluded is in the marketing of geek culture. Read more