Goodbye Gauley Mountain: An Ecosexual Love Story
Beth Stephens: Bethstephens@me.com
Annie Sprinkle: Anniesprinkle@me.com
Beth Stephens: Bethstephens@me.com
Beth Stephens: Bethstephens@me.com
Length: 70 minutes
Direction: Beth Stephens with Annie Sprinkle
Cinematography: Jordan Freeman
Production Manager: Julia Reardin
Sound Supervision: David B. Steinberg
Sound Mix: Oracle Post
Original Music: David B. Steinberg and Tony’s Circus
Additional Music: Joan Jeanrenaud, Hazel Dickens’ “West Virginia My Home”
Editor: Keith Wilson
Executive Producer: Beth Stephens
Producers: Xandra Coe, Annie Sprinkle, Jordan Freeman
Associate Producer: Paul Corbit Brown
Featured Interviews: Larry Gibson, Vivian Stockman, Patricia Spangler, Paul Corbit Brown
Animation: Hannah Matzner
Aspect Ratio : 16:9
Sound Format: Stereo
Production Format: HDV
Format for Preview (DVD, online with URL): DVD
Format for Public Screening: BluRay, DVD, Pro-Res
Production Company: Pollination Productions
Beth Stephens – 415-990-5757
Beth Stephens and Annie Sprinkle activate the metaphor “Earth as lover” and join the fight against mountain top removal (MTR) in Appalachia
In 50 words:
While big corporations blow the tops off mountains using mountain top removal, (MTR), two ecosexuals, Beth Stephens and Annie Sprinkle, return to Beth’s childhood home near Gauley Mountain. There they put their bodies on the line to demonstrate how the fight for environmental justice can be sexy, fun and diverse.
Goodbye Gauley Mountain: An Ecosexual Love Story is the autobiographical documentary of ecosexual lovers Beth Stephens’ and Annie Sprinkle’s journey from San Francisco to West Virginia to visit Beth’s family and join the fight against a devastating new coal mining technique, mountain top removal. While we all use the electricity generated by coal, mountain top removal (MTR) is little known outside of West Virginia and this film exposes its social and environmental injustices in one of the most poverty-stricken regions of the United States. It also explores the devastating global consequences to us all, even those living far beyond the destruction of the endangered, bio-diverse Appalachian Mountains. By juxtaposing sadness and humor, love and greed, beauty and devastation, it braids Beth’s West Virginia coalfield hillbilly past, with the promise of ecosexuality in order to deploy new strategies of resistance and make the fight against environmental destruction more sexy, fun, hopeful and diverse. It asks, what would happen if we changed our relationship from Earth as mother, to Earth as lover? It encourages gay, lesbian, bi, trans, inter, fairy, and eventually ecosexual communities to find creative ways to engage environmental justice. This is how Stephens and Sprinkle come to marry the Appalachian Mountains and join the fight to abolish MTR. It’s a compelling story of small communities facing annihilation for short-term corporate gain, but it’s also a story about hope, love-and how, finding strength together, we can resist, and fight for justice in our own queer loving ways.
About the Directors:
Elizabeth Stephens is an artist, activist and professor whose art has explored sexuality, gender, and feminism for over 25 years. Her current focus, in collaboration with Annie Sprinkle, is Sexecology. This is a new field of art research that explores the places where ecology and sexology intersect. Sexecology engages the metaphor Earth as a Lover to imagine a sustainable relationship between humans and the planet they inhabit. This work is intended to address environmental degradation and to imagine ecologically viable futures. Most recently Stephens’ film (made with Sprinkle), Goodbye Gauley Mountain: An Ecosexual Love Story won the Spirit of Action Award at the Santa Cruz Film Festival in Santa Cruz, CA. Stephens and Sprinkle have performed at the Museum Kunst Palast in Dusseldorf, Germany, The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and they have exhibited work at PS 1 in New York, the Reina Sophia in Madrid, Spain as well as in many other performance spaces, museums, galleries and festivals around the world.
Goodbye Gauley Mountain: An Ecosexual Love Story is Beth Stephens first feature documentary film.
Annie Sprinkle is an internationally known multimedia artist who has toured theater pieces since 1989 to 21 countries. She is one of the pivotal players in the 80’s “sex positive feminist movement.” Her film, The Sluts & Goddesses Video Workshop: Or How to Be A Sex Goddess in 101 Easy Steps, played over 300 international film festivals and art venues, including the Guggenheim Museum and is considered a women’s sex film classic. She’s been involved in dozens of documentaries and numerous features (Inside Deep Throat, The Naked Feminist, Monica Truet’s My Father is Coming, and Gendernauts,), and been in many TV shows such as four HBO Real Sex segments and The Sexual Revolution on the History Channel. She started out in x-rated feature films in the 70’s and 80’s. She produced, directed and starred in, Annie Sprinkle’s Herstory of Porn, an award winning experimental film diary about her experiences in the adult film industry. Sprinkle earned a Ph.D. in Human Sexuality, received the 2013 Artist/Activist/Scholar Award at Performance Studies International at Stanford. Currently her multi-media art projects are dedicated to making the world a more sustainable place and pollinating the budding ecosex movement.
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“Heartfelt, haunting and downright provocative, ”Goodbye Gauley Mountain” is one of the most captivating environmental documentaries of the year.” —Greg Archer, Huffington Post
“This is, without compare, the sexiest nature documentary and one of the most profound films to deal with the beauty and tragedy of the Appalachian Mountains in the age of King Coal.” —Russ McSpadden, Earth First! Journal
“I was expecting to see a boring, hippie, lesbian, environmentalist film but Goodbye Gauley Mountain: an Ecosexual Love Story is unlike any film I’ve ever seen before. It’s fun, it’s dirty and after watching this film, you’ll never think of tree hugging or where your electricity comes from in quite the same way.”
—Travis Mathews, Interior.LeatherBar
“The film por cierto is fantastic!!!!! Politically very sharp and very well made.”
–Guillermo Gomez Pena
“Goodbye Gauley Mountain is a work of art who’s message will continue to work its magic for years to come.”
– Helen and Newton Harrison, Environmental Artists
“Goodbye Gauley Mountain is deep, full of feeling, effective, beautifully made and powerful! Especially dear to my heart are all of the fine ecosexual West Virginia dogs. The message of this film belongs in every adult and child’s heart, soul, mind, and body. This compost is hot!”
– Donna Haraway, Professor Emeritus UCSC and Author of When Species Meet
The Spirit of Action Prize is the Santa Cruz Film Festival’s signature award. It recognizes films that highlight challenges in our society and identify solutions. Awards are chosen by audience feedback scores. Your film REALLY encompassed what we were going for when we invented this award several years ago.
Taking a bleak environmental disaster and creating a joyful and universal
call to action is about as Spirit of Action as it gets.
Elizabeth Gummere, President of the SCFF Board of Directors
Links to Press Articles:
Art Core Journal
Paul Corbit Brown