AMP | Happenings 2018

Saturday, August 18

"Water Makes Us Wet! An Ecosexual Adventure"

Beth Stephens & Annie Sprinkle Present a Screening of Their New Film

7:30 PM

Film by Beth Stephens & Annie Sprinkle; Producers: Beth Stephens, Annie Sprinkle, Keith Wilson; Featuring Beth Stephens, Annie Sprinkle; Narrated by Sandy Stone; Executive Producers: Xandra Coe & Judy Meath

With a poetic blend of curiosity, humor, sensuality and concern, this film chronicles the pleasures and politics of H2O from an ecosexual perspective. Former sex worker, Annie Sprinkle, dyke professor, Beth Stephens, and their dog Butch take on questions about the complex history and politics of water on a quirky adventure across the Golden State in their E.A.R.T.H. Lab mobile unit. On a journey that spans the sacred and the profane, tragedy and comedy, they meet with an array of water experts, activists, spiritual advisors and regular folks, seeking the truth about our relationship to water. They hike into the remote site of Nestle’s dubious water bottling racket. They play in the family pool where Annie gave her first blowjob. They commune with elephant seals, consult an oracle, and plunge a toilet. Beth anoints a parched shrub with water from her nostrils. They contemplate the flavor bouquet of drinking water made from wastewater. They even crash San Francisco’s Pride Parade with erotic water chants. The resulting assemblage of facts, thoughts and feelings about water composes a messy ecosexual philosophy about the intimate and life-giving qualities of the most vital liquid on Earth. Ecosexuality shifts the metaphor “Earth as Mother” to “Earth as Lover” to create a more reciprocal and empathetic relationship with the natural world. When their road trip climaxes in a shocking event, their affectionate partnership with the Earth saves the day, reuniting their family and affirming the power of water, life and love.

Beth Stephens and Annie Sprinkle have been partners and collaborators for 16 fertile years. Annie was a sex worker who morphed into an internationally known performance artist touring one-woman shows about her life in sex and a feminist post porn pioneer. Beth was a feisty punk rocker dyke turned interdisciplinary artist and professor at UCSC exploring themes of gender, queerness and feminism. In 2008, Beth and Annie married the Earth and came out as ecosexuals. Their “Ecosex Manifesto” launched a movement and they officially added the E to GLBTQI-E. Their award winning documentary film about coal mining, Goodbye Gauley Mountain—An Ecosexual Love Story is available on Netflix & iTunes. They just finished a new environmental doc film, Water Makes Us Wet—An Ecosexual Adventure. Currently they are working on a book about their work, “Assuming the Ecosexual Position” for University of Minnesota Press. Their visual art, films and performances were presented the world’s biggest best art event, Documenta 14 in 2016-2017. Their next film is about soil. These girls have gone green and are dirty and proud.

Keith Wilson is a filmmaker, cinematographer and visual artist based in San Francisco. His films have been exhibited at Sundance, the Berlinale, South by Southwest, Documenta and the U.S. National Gallery of Art. His most recent film, THE TREE, premiered at the 2017 DOC NYC Film Festival and was exhibited as a storefront installation at Artist Television Access in San Francisco. Keith was Director of Photography and Producer for INTERIOR. LEATHER BAR. directed by James Franco and Travis Mathews, which premiered at Sundance and was released theatrically by Strand Releasing. He is the recipient of two KRF grants from the San Francisco Film Society and is a member-owner of New Day Films, a 40 year-old documentary distribution cooperative where he served on the Steering Committee. His artist book press Breezy Circle recently participated in the 2017 San Francisco Art Book Fair and his publications have been exhibited at the Gagosian Gallery, The Beinecke Library at Yale University and the Brandhorst Museum in Munich. Keith grew up in a cul-de-sac in suburban Atlanta and received in MFA in Film Production from the University of Texas-Austin.

Sandy Stone is an American academic theorist, media theorist, author, and performance artist. She is currently Associate Professor and Founding Director of the Advanced Communication Technologies Laboratory (ACTLab) and the New Media Initiative in the department of Radio-TV-Film at the University of Texas at Austin. Stone is considered a founder of the academic discipline of transgender studies.

Butch is a black lab that Beth and Annie adopted via Golden Gate Rescue, October 2014 at eight months old -- In October 2016 Butch bolted from the wreckage of their camper van at the scene of their wreck. He was lost for five days, wandering in the fields along the I-5 near Bakersfield, CA. Beth Annie and Butch were reunited on November by a wonderful doggie detective who put together their lost dog flyer with posts on Facebook. Butch is a great dog, he loves treats, chasing his balls and barking at anyone who comes in the door.


"Scream Along with Billy: Never Washed", a documentary by Anne Stott, starring Billy Hough & Susan Goldberg

Screening, (60 min.) + Talk back with Billy & Sue

7 PM

"Scream Along with Billy: Never Washed" is a one hour video documentary about the underground music duo Scream Along with Billy. Conceived as a late night bar band at the Grotta Bar in Provincetown, MA, SAWB has become a staple of the New York City underground music scene with Billy Hough on piano and vocals and Sue Goldberg on bass and eye rolls. Part punk aficionado, part committed nerd, Billy can take a night of SAWB from covers of Patti Smith, Robert Johnson, and Lucinda Williams, to musings on the connection between Siouxsie Sioux and 18th century french philosophers. "Scream Along with Billy: Never Washed" combines interviews with Billy and Sue and live footage from the summer of 2015 performances at the Grotta Bar in Provincetown, MA to tell the story of how this unlikely “valedictory lap” evolved into a downtown New York must see cult favorite.

Anne Stott is the producer/director of "Scream Along with Billy: Never Washed". As an indie rock singer/songwriter and actor herself, Stott has released two full length albums: Pennsylvania (2010) and Love Never Dies (2015). Love Never Dies played on radio stations around the country and peaked at #19 on the Relix Magazine/Jambands radio chart. As an actor, Stott’s most recent appearances were as The Whore in “Nevermore" (Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater, dir Christopher Ostrom) and Jack/Ernest in "The Importance of Being Earnest" (Provincetown Theater, dir David Drake). In 2012, Stott self published Everything is Different All Over Again, a limited edition collection of poems, thoughts, and sketches. Stott also produced and hosted "Word on the Street", a Provincetown TV series featuring interviews and performances with Provincetown’s street musicians. On Donald Trump’s 100th day in the presidency, she released a musical rant and video entitled "Not For Long Motherfucker" which can be viewed on youtube.