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Susanne Tabata has a film production focus on west coast stories. A former UBC radio DJ, she is the creator of Bloodied But Unbowed and – the documentary film and on-line site which chronicle the Vancouver punk scene of the late 1970s (Knowledge Network, TV Ontario, Super Channel and SCN broadcasters). The film screens around the world, including a 28-day run in Shibuya Tokyo, and has won the Berlin International Punk Film Festival Audience Choice Award. The project is the third in a series of films which explore worlds on the edge of mainstream culture, the other being the women’s skateboarding history film Skategirl (FOXFuel, Los Angeles) & the west coast surfing history 49 Degrees (CBC, FOXFuel). Among the many music videos and commercials, short and long form media on topics of social justice, and stints in post-production, she also produced the Jason Priestley directed Barenaked in America which chronicles the US tour of the Canadian band The Barenaked Ladies, an official selection at Toronto International Film Festival.

Susanne is a contributing writer for Beatroute Magazine and just wrote the forward to Discotext Magazine: Vancouver Club Culture and the History of EDM 1988-1990. Tabata is a part-time instructor at LaSalle College Vancouver and a graduate of the University of British Columbia.

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