Jason S.W. Lem

Toronto , ON
Ontario CA

Jason S.W. Lem, born and raised in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, made his first video, Running Red Lights, through the 2004 Queer Youth Digital Video Project at Charles Street Video and Inside Out – Toronto’s LGBT Film and Video Festival. Since its premier at Inside Out at the Royal Ontario Museum, it has also screened at a conference on queer issues at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto and Image OUT, Rochester's Lesbian and Gay Film and Video Festival. His film is also distributed to high schools through Out On Screen, Vancouver’s LGBT Film Festival. In 2005, he was named a “Talent Showcase Featured Artist” on the Chinese Canadian Culture Online Project website for his first video.

Jason is an award-winning community leader: he won an Arcus Endowment Award from the University of California at Berkeley and a Chinese Canadian Pioneer Youth Award from the Chinese Canadian National Council. As a 2011 DiverseCity Fellow, he was named one of 25 emerging city-building leaders by CivicAction. Jason has been working in social policy development in the Ontario Government since 2007. He holds a BA in International Relations from the University of Toronto (2005), an MA in Cultural Studies from McMaster University (2006) and is currently on educational leave in New York City where he is completing an Executive Master of Public Administration (MPA) at the School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University.(1)

(1) Artist's bio on Vtape (2015). http://www.vtape.org/artist?ai=1006