With her innovative multimedia company Free Lion Productions, award-winning filmmaker Fiona Dawson hopes to “build empathy through multimedia projects that educate, entertain, and inspire.”
She describes one of Free Lion’s biggest and most personal projects, Now with Fiona, as a “multimedia machine,” with a show, animated explainers, speaking engagements, books, a podcast, and merch. “All of our work centers on uplifting positive stories of kindness and courage from the LGBTQ+ community.”
Dawson describes herself as “a 45-year-old, cisgender, bisexual, immigrant woman, and a trans ally…. I’m a yogi and I practice meditation. I believe we’re all spiritual beings having a human experience.”
On her proudest accomplishments of the past year, she says, “I’ve rented all my life and never felt a desire to buy property, but a few years back I began yearning for a home that was completely mine. I started looking into campers in 2017 and set it as an intention that one day I’d have one to live in full-time. In March of this year, that dream came true. I bought a brand-new Gulf Stream Vintage Cruiser, which looks like a 1950s diner inside. Her colors are like a Tiffany box, so I’ve named my camper Audrey, after my muse, Audrey Hepburn.”
“I managed to get accepted to live on Pecan Grove RV Park, which was once Matthew McConaughey’s digs,” she adds. “This spot is the coolest, most delightful place to live!”
Dawson’s new book, Are Bisexuals Just Greedy? Animated Answers for All People Who Simply Want to Understand the Spectrum of Being LGBTQ+, releases in November. “Discussions around the cheeky chapters can be heard on my podcast and social media channels,” she says.
“My next larger project is getting…Now with Fiona picked up for distribution,” says Dawson on what’s next for her. “As your host, I journey to reveal answers to rather direct questions about gender and sexuality in an uplifting and ‘edutaining’ way.” @nowwithfiona