Sabine LeBel is a queer environmentalist dedicated to smashing the white supremacist, capitalist patriarchy. She has been making short videos on queer themes since 1999, when she participated in the Inside Out Queer Youth Video Project. The stories Sabine tells often deal with difficult emotions like revenge, loss, anxiety, and remorse. In 2013, Sabine was commissioned to make a film for Inside Out’s 15th Annual Queer Video Mentorship Project. The resulting work, Dispatches from the Future, was awarded a Special Jury Citation for “its innovative approach to storytelling that leaves the viewer questioning notions of reality.” Her work has screened in queer and experimental film festivals including the Inside Out Festival (Toronto), Out on Screen (Vancouver), BFI Flare London LGBTQ+ Film Festival, and more. When not making videos, LeBel is an educator, researcher, artist, curator, and collaborator.
With Alison Taylor, she is one half of mutantoy productions. Together, they make short videos that tell stories in visual fragments guided by a voiceover. Using sketchy animations, queer themes, and densely woven images and sounds, they have developed an aesthetic that tends to be lo-fi and non-linear with multi-layered soundscapes as counterpoint. In 2016, with Casey Burkholder, Sabine started the Fredericton Feminist Film Collective in response to the white, straight, and male-dominated local film scene. FFFC is a collective of artists & creators & activists & humans who make, screen and talk about works by and for queers, trans folks, and women from an intersectional feminist position. This year, the collective is hosting a cellphilming workshop for queer and female identified youth, and screenings on the themes of resistance and space.