Mary Ann McEwen (1946-2011) was a media producer, writer and LGBTQ advocate. The Mary Anne McEwen Collection is comprised of video, film, photographs, textual materials, and ephemera documenting her professional production history. The fond includes Gay Games III “Celebration 90” footage, and various projects from her freelance activities (under the acronym “MAM”), and those of her company, Fast Forward Productions Ltd. (Descriptions for these can be found under “Other Media and Ephemera”).
Mary Anne McEwen was educated at University of British Columbia with a BA in Fine Arts, Literature and Anthropology (1963-1967) and President of Women’s Council, Lower Mall Residences (now Vanier Place). Between 1970 and 1972, she took film and video workshops at Simon Fraser University, going on to earn a MA in Liberal Studies. In addition to being a co-founder of Gayblevision, she was President and Creative Director of Forward Focus Productions Ltd. from 1977-1997 and a freelance writer, editor, analyst and story editor from 1998-2011. Mary Ann was a pioneer in Vancouver’s feminist, LGBT and women in film and television communities. She was a founding co-producer of Gayblevision, founding Board member of Vancouver’s Out On Screen Festival, founding member of Women In Film and Video Vancouver, and member of B.C. Film, Praxis, Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television, and VIVO Media Arts Centre.
Awards and Honours
BC Film screenwriter’s award (2000); SFU Graduate Liberal Studies Fellowships (1997, 1999); Academy of Canadian Film & Television; Director’s Observer’s program winner, 1991; Gemini Juror – Dramatic Writing, 1991; Gemini Juror – Variety Directing, 1992; The World Who’s Who of Women (1990/91); Award of Merit, West Coast Show, Los Angeles, 1975; Famous Players regional scriptwriting award, 1973; Gold Medal, Graphic ’71, Montreal, 1971; Certificate of Merit, Los Angeles Advertising Women, 1971.