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Contacts: Beth Stephens & Annie Sprinkle
415-990-5757 or 415-847-1323



CHARLESTON, WV— Filmmakers Beth Stephens and Annie Sprinkle will hold the world premiere of their new film, Goodbye Gauley Mountain—An Ecosexual Love Story, in Charleston, WV. “Our film is about the controversy of mountain top removal mining, and it is also a love story about the Appalachia Mountains and the people who live in them. There are many films about MTR but none quite like ours.” Several international film festivals and major museums vied to premiere the film, but the two women wanted to premiere it in West Virginia with the people in the film, in the place where it was made, and where Beth was born. “We will even have a little red carpet for everyone to walk down.”

Stephens’ family has worked in mining since the 1600’s beginning in Cornwall, England. Born in Montgomery, she says she was raised to marry into the coal business. Instead she moved to California, became an artist and professor at University of California, Santa Cruz, and married Annie Sprinkle, an artist and a feminist adult film star with a PhD in human sexuality. They have been life partners and collaborators for twelve years.

The two women produced, directed, and star in the film together. However it is Stephens who narrates the story as part autobiography, part coal mining history, and part performance art. “As a Kanawha Valley girl I had always imagined that I would come home to these mountains to retire. Now that southern West Virginia is ground zero for mountaintop removal, the future of my homeplace is threatened.” Stephens believes “MTR must be stopped in order to ensure a future that includes clean air and water, as well as social justice. Our activist strategy is to switch the metaphor from ‘Earth as mother’ to ‘Earth as lover’ to garner more love and empathy for the mountains. It will take time, but we’ll get there.”

Goodbye Gauley Mountain has been three years in the making. This documentary introduces some surprising moments, such as a wedding to the Mountains, officiated by the late “mountain keeper” Larry Gibson. Earth First Journal’s Russ McSpadden writes, “Without compare, this is 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.”

The film makers offer, “Everyone is welcome. Our goal is to spread the word about serious environmental issues, and also to make the environmental movement a little more sexy, fun and diverse.”

Saturday, August 17th, 2013. 7 P.M.

Film runs 70 minutes, then Stephens and Sprinkle will do Q & A after the film.

Refreshments and popcorn will be served.

Contains some nudity. Mature audiences only.

Unitarian Universalist Church

520 Kanawha Boulevard West, Charleston, WV

Bring canned foods for the UU food drive.

There will be an audio loop for hearing impaired.

For more information and to view the trailer:

To learn more about Stephens & Sprinkle’s work and read their Ecosex Manifesto:

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Beth Stephens and Annie Sprinkle
Cell phone: 415-990-5757/415-847-1323

Carol Queen (Center for Sex and Culture)



San Francisco, CA.— “The ecosexual movement is growing like a weed, and San Francisco is the hot bed of the movement! ” say film makers, Beth Stephens, UCSC art professor and environmental activist and her partner Annie Sprinkle, a feminist porn film star and pioneer. They aim to grow the ecosex movement by hosting a fundraiser for their upcoming documentary, Goodbye Gauley Mountain: An Ecosexual Love Story, complete with an Appalachian Dinner Party, a slide show and tell about ecosexuality, and a sneak preview of their new film.  Everyone is invited to the Center for Sex and Culture to see what Earth First News says 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.”

Stephens and Sprinkle explain, “We are switching the metaphor from the “Earth as mother,” to “Earth as lover” to create a more mutual and sustainable relationship with our abused and exploited planet. We also want to seduce people who are not normally reached to join the environmental activist movement, such as the GLBTQ community, sex radicals, and artists.

Goodbye Gauley Mountain: An Ecosexual Love Story is the true tale of the two San Francisco “ecosexual” artist-lovers who join forces with environmental activists in the quest for environmental justice, and try to stop a destructive form of mining. It’s a David and Goliath struggle for survival in the coalfields narrated through an autobiographical family visit home. This documentary goes where others haven’t, injecting this dire situation with sexy fun and surprising activist strategies, such as a performance art marriage to the mountains. Goodbye Gauley Mountain raises awareness about the devastation of mountain top removal (MTR) mining, while celebrating the Earth in all her/his ecosexual glory. The filmmakers believe that inviting people to be lovers with the Earth is creating paradigm shifts for many people who don’t feel connected with nature.

What promises to be a celebratory evening of putting the Earth on top, with delicious vegan food, non-alcoholic moonshine, popcorn, and an ecosexy show and tell presentation, will likely inspire more people to join the ecosex movement and more ecosexual movies to come.

This is the first public sneak preview of this new film, three years in the making, which will soon have its world premiere. All proceeds from the event will go to towards color correction and final sound mix expenses.  Stephens and Sprinkle will be hosting the world’s first Ecosex Film Festival in the summer because they say, “We believe ecosex films can help save our planet.”

Could this new film genre help raise awareness of environmental causes? The filmmakers shout, YES!


March 30, Saturday.

6:30 P.M. Vegan Appalachian Feast

7:30 P.M. Beth and Annie present an Ecosex Slide Show & Tell about how they became ecosexuals and the where their newfound sexuality has taken them.

8:30 P.M. Sneak preview of Goodbye Gauley Mountain: An Ecosexual Love Story.

At the Center for Sex and Culture

Mission Street, San Francisco, CA

March 30, 2012

More information: 


Advanced tickets can be purchased on line at, or at the door. Dinner must be reserved in advance. Tickets for lecture and sneak preview are sliding scale, and no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

For more information about the Ecosex Film Festival:

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