Five Minutes With “DOXA” Documentary Film Festival Executive Director Lauren Weisler

April 18, 2011 

Lauren Weisler is the Executive Director of DOXA, an annual documentary film festival that presents films from around the world each May in Vancouver. Lauren started with DOXA as a volunteer and eventually became Director of Development where she enjoyed building relationships with festival partners. She is passionate about the ability of documentary film to serve as a vehicle for community engagement, social activism and education. In addition to her work with DOXA, Lauren enjoys nerdy board games, snowshoeing and air guitar with her girlfriend. Lauren will be presenting at Pecha Kucha Night on Thursday, April 28. Details on that here.

Top three documentaries you saw last year: The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls (trailer), It Might Get Loud (trailer), The Times of Harvey Milk (trailer).

Favourite Vancouver bridge: Lion’s Gate.

Best Vancouver patio: Il Giardino.

Favourite place to see a band: The Orpheum.

Cheap place for dinner: Picnic at Spanish Banks.

Book you’re reading: The Golden Spruce by John Vaillant (take a look).

Last place traveled: Portland.

Vancouver green space you most often make a break for: Stanley Park.

Best sneaker in the world: My black Jack Purcells (take a look).

Your ancestry: ¾ Russian, ¼ Romanian.

Your paternal grandfather’s personal story: Local mensch.

Comedian that cracks you up: Catherine Tate (watch).

Food your mom makes better than anyone: It’s best when she doesn’t cook.

Talent you wish you possessed: Ability to do the moonwalk flawlessly.

Musical instrument you long to master: Drums.

Mac or PC? Smith-Corona Word Processor.

Top three places you want to travel to next: Queen Charlotte Islands, New Zealand, Turkey.

Best concert experience ever: Patti Smith (watch).

What are you listening to as you answer these questions: A Single Man soundtrack (listen).

Album that first made you love music: True Colors by Split Enz (listen).

The career path you considered but never followed: Therapist.

Role models growing up: My grandmas.

The thing that makes you the most nervous: Reckless drivers.

First memory: Eating peas on my 2nd birthday.

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