Monday, February 28, 2011
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Bi The Way in the New York Times!
All the questions we hoped our film would spark are suddenly popping up in blogs and newspapers everywhere! The New York Times covered Bi The Way and its NYC premiere party in an article that came out last Thursday.
See all the illicit findings in our film and the ramifications for your own love life in Thursday’s New York Times:
As of right now, we have bumped up to the 8th most blogged about article in the Times! Check out the article, as well as a bunch of other articles that have sprung up in response. At the very bottom of this e-mail, you can find a link to photos from the party.
New York Times
“What Women Want (Maybe)”
Excerpt from the New York Times article “What Women Want (Maybe)”
---“For heterosexual women,” a researcher, Meredith Chivers, says in a new documentary about bisexuality called “Bi the Way,” which was shown at the NewFest film festival in New York last Friday, “looking at a naked man walking on the beach is about as exciting as looking at landscapes.”---
New York Magazine
“New Documentary Finds Women Turned On By Pretty Much Anything (Except Dudes)”
“Why Straight Women Dig Women”
New York Observer
“Times Says Lindsay’s Bisexuality Is Way Normal”
Excerpt from The New York Observer:
---Poor, Lindsay. No matter how hard she tries to be edgy with her girl-love, she's actually totally ordinary.---
Team Bi The Way can finally rest easy knowing that we’ve made the world a better place for Lindsay Lohan to express her sexuality…!
“Are All Women A Little Bit Bi?”
“Bi-Sexuality: Maybe Lindsay Lohan Isn’t the Only One”
“Edgy Filmmakers Explore Girl-On-Girl Kissing”
“The NYT: Validating All Your Girl on Girl Fantasies”
Excerpt from Media Bistro:
---The NYT's Style Section, ever the bearer of cutting edge cultural revelations, today brings us what is sure to be the most emailed article for the foreseeable future, not to mention the new corner stone of every man's late night argument that a little "lesbian" love is completely natural!---
It starts so innocently. You have a New York premiere. You have a few drinks. You have a lot of drinks. You give long interview to New York Times reporter. You become bisexual poster-child. Next to Lindsay Lohan.
See our photos from the party HERE!
Monday, March 24, 2008
Provincetown International Film Festival
Frameline Film Festival
San Francisco CA
Los Angeles, CA
Philadelphia International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival
Maui Film Festival
Boston International Film Festival
Covered 12 June in the New York Times!
Maryland Film Festival
Sunday, March 16, 2008
The Premiere Was Awesome !!
Photos from the Premiere
we had a premiere pre-party at jim's place, a great old house at the top of a hill in south austin, not far from the alamo where we had our first screening. Pam, Taryn, Rage, Josh, & Joan were all there to gather for a quick "cast" photo. we were happy to have them all meet!
there were lots of friends at the premiere and many of them had cameras-- Brittany, Wilmot, Audrey, Jon, Eve, and lots of others: we're gathering pictures on picasaweb. we'll be adding them as people e.mail them to us.
Check out the photos we've posted already!
Thursday, March 13, 2008
a few reviews online
Friday, February 15, 2008
Bi The Way Premire at the South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin TX on Saturday March 8th at 9pm
COME TO OUR PREMIERE at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas! It's going to be so fun. We're having the biggest premiere party you've ever seen -- in a forest, with body art, elves, flame throwers, burlesque dancers, Bastard Fairies, and some bisexual shepherds. The World Premiere screening is Saturday March 8th -- a 9 pm showing at the Alamo South theater. It's a great venue and a really great time at the festival. Getting a Saturday night screening is a huuuuge deal. The other screening times will be Tuesday March 11th at 7 PM, and Thursday March 13th at 6:30 PM
Thanks for all your support!
Josephine & Brittany
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
So Much Has Happened
Friday, July 07, 2006
back to new york
Saturday, July 01, 2006
we are all very very sunburnt.
because we spent today on a beach, filming a scene that may or may not go in the movie... but the ultimate plus was that as we were packing up, a man with a hookfull of catfish came past, and agreed to an interview.
when i asked him if he could get better fish with the longer rod, many standersby assumed i was being metaphoric. and i was. but not in the way that you think.
you see, the farther out you go, the more likely you are to get what you want. the fisherman said the same: "if you grow up in mississippi and never leave mississippi, and your soulmate lives in ohio, you probably won't find 'em." i would say the same about the rod.
how can you make a documentary if you only stay in new york city? you just can't. i didn't know the country until i went to the country. not that i know it all that much better... but at least instead of feeding it peanuts, i'll drop it some apples. you know? if you didn't know, america LOVES apples.
did you see forrest gump? they ate lobsters. we're going to submit ourselves to a well-known restaurant chain and then at least our crisp skin will become part of the economic system. in the mean time, we will be casting our lines, rubbing one another's backs, and hoping that part three of the road trip around america lands us closer to (or further from) our idea for this documentary. please submit your thoughts. i'd love to know if you think america is divided... or just a little sexually confused...
Friday, June 23, 2006
russlerville arkansas witch
she calls herself a witch-- a title she is reclaiming from it's historically negative associations. here she explains and reads a fortune for brittany. she lifts up addicts, prepares healing herbs, studies archeaology, keeps two "husbands", practices alternate agriculture, runs a loose intentional community in the manner of ancient matriarchies of the steppe. she used to be an out and proud feminist lesbian, then she was a "back-sliding" lesbian in relationships with men and women alternately, and thirty years later is quite surprised to find herself with two different men at the same time, both of whom tolerate her relationship with the other. she says that her relationships with men are lower maintenance than her female-female relationships and that she doesn't have time for the intrigue.
we meet her through day brown who is one of her partners. she says they met over the internet more than seven years ago, and initially she was under the impression that he was a female lesbian living alone in the arkansas woods. she was struck by the power of "her" feminist ideas. when she went to meet "her" with the intention of connecting "her" to community so that "she" wouldn't be living all alone, she was surprised to discover that day was in fact a man and on the strength of thier intellectual connection they began a mostly friendship right away. this is our introduction to one point in a web of counter-cultural connections that extend throughout arkansas, tennessee (short mountain), missouri, ohio, and perhaps further if we look.
via the internet, he stays quite well informed. when we ask a leading question of ours, "why do gay people exist, given that evolution selects against them," he fires back, "hold on a minute, being gay doesn't prevent you from passing your genes to the next generation." and we continue into some discussions of bisexuality in males and females, serial monogamy, poly pods, and the stabilizing influence of sex on men and women. and as we talk into the night, day tells us that the whole world is a matrix-- a projection out of the mind of the goddess. it's like movie the matrix, he says, except there's no world outside, just the goddess. then the real catch of this theory is that all the people you run into are in fact just avatars there to help you work out your karmic knots. you in fact wrote the script of your own matrix a long time ago, and you get little glimpses of your script in dreams. yes, the time you spend on the internet reading this was scripted by you a long time ago.
Thursday, June 22, 2006
Monday, June 19, 2006
bi conference in toronto
Tuesday, April 18, 2006
along the big muddy in Memphis TN
there's all kinds of people and habits all up and down the mississippi. among them of course are our favorite kind, the bisexual kind. we're here in memphis following a subject. we've met girls who just assume that all girls like girls too. we've met baptist girls who say they see all kinds of girls together. they may think it's wrong, but they don't judge.
Friday, March 24, 2006
bronques at bitanic
Tuesday, March 14, 2006
BI-TANIC the ship where everybody goes down
THE PARTY THAT GOES DOWN ON YOU!
~A Burning-Man-meets-Valentine's-Day type of evening~
Double your pleasure on a night of endless potential and support a film that will change the world. Board the Bi-Tanic...
Next WEDNESDAY MARCH 22nd, 7:30pm-12:30am
at the FRYING PAN LIGHTSHIP --
a boat that floats right beside the West Side at Pier 63 on the Hudson River in Manhattan (23rd Street and the West Side Highway, One pier north of Chelsea Piers, just north of Basketball City) Just to be clear, the boat doesn't ever leave port, so come whenever you want and the party takes place INSIDE the ship, where it is HEATED.
OPEN BAR 7:30-8:30 pm with catered food from various nyc restaurants
* SNEAK PREVIEW clips from the documentary "Bi the Way"
* Bisexual performance artist/comedian NEAL MEDLYN
* DJ FINGER ON THE PULSE featured at SXSW
* JONAH BOKAER's acclaimed "NUDEDESCENDANCE" dance (featured in last
week's Village Voice)
* Free BODY ART provided by NYC BODY ART
* THE WAU WAU SISTERS cabaret
* APES AND ANDROIDS rock band
* The RED HOTS BURLESQUE
* A big bad bisexual DATE AUCTION! Sell yourself for the good of the
cause. Some celebrities may be available for purchase.
* Also with painted dancers, capoeira, and crumping.
* Raffle and auction featuring some incredible photographs and airline tickets!
With surprise CELEBRITY GUESTS (think bisexual ROCK STARS and comedians!)
and PEACHES will be there "unofficially"...
Ticket-Donations $25 Purchase tickets here.
Event sponsored by
NYC Body Art (www.nycbodyart.com)
Bombay Sapphire Gin
Sunday, January 01, 2006
Santa Catalina, Panama
Friday, December 02, 2005
espresso royale cafe, ann arbor
Wednesday, November 30, 2005
pop-test: gay or straight? check your fingers.
Tuesday, November 29, 2005
war & peace in documentary filmmaking
no no she says, it's about the relationship you make with the person on film. if you care about the fate of the person and your own work as fitting in their life as a positive influence, the person will feel cared about. he'll know you have good intentions, that if he finds a way to be in front of the camera, it's for a postive reason, and that your work is a positive force in the world. he'll be happy to be in front of the camera. only then can a film-maker capture unguarded, real feelings that move audiences. and at that point the film is secondary to the friendship anyway. it's the actions of communication off camera between film-maker and actor that enrich the scenes that go on in front of a documentary camera.
of course good documentaries may already exhibit this. but there is a vast number of documentaries that exhibit inhumanity and tension between the film-maker and the filmed. here it's obvious to any audience that no one in front of or behind the camera is ever able to achieve any height or depth of human expression.
Thursday, November 24, 2005
pre-thanksgiving evening lullaby
they've been talking about old piano teachers and influential people in our lives and loves. now it's time for more music. kevin's sister a political scientist and two friends and collagues are here for thanksgiving and interested in the documentary. earlier, it made for interesting discussion on sexual desires and their ebbs and flows in various people.
Wednesday, November 23, 2005
so busy i haven't kept up with my posts; so much has happened; so much there to tell. good thing we have lots of footage of it. but now i'm going to fill in important parts from the past and continue with the present. i've actually been saying i'd do that for a while now. i'm going back and filling in some posts still written in the present tense as if just happening. it's just that there are only 24 hours in a day and only one me, and yes i'm a living breathing human being. that means sometimes i eat; sometimes i sleep; sometimes i do one of 1,000 other tasks; sometimes i take a long dinner & just hang out and talk.
Sunday, November 06, 2005
film-makers' stories filter into scenes
the camera filtered throughout the limo, up, down, and between the dancers all night. today it's become even clearer that there is a strong meta-level in the documentary. scene after scene includes the directors themselves stirring up trouble to go in front of the camera. at least on that level us film-makers are in our own film, and more than likely on other levels too. jane and nils moved the camera around and made some beautiful tape of the scenes, colors, and movements.
Saturday, November 05, 2005
wigs, dressing, & champagne; avalon hotel
i just got back and now i hear maggie just popped a cork.
Thursday, November 03, 2005
birthday party invitation, camera involved
5 November 2005
7:00pm Dinner at Cha Cha Cha's
9:30pm Clubs and Dancing
Midnight Hotel Avalon Penthouse
Tuesday, October 18, 2005
Monday, October 17, 2005
auspicious arrival at pacific ocean
no matter, none other that sociology professor by day, sex doctor by night, pepper schwartz is in the door in a flash and we jump straight into her relationship paring ideas over a little something to eat. the woman who works there is riveted by every word about matching different personality types. if you're the type who reacts to eyes, she can nail you to the wall with a simple lingering look from her eyes. we're already in love. we follow her bright red car that zips around every corner through some back roads to her house. her interview makes you wish the movie was longer. she covers all manner of sociological issues and at the same time holds a sense of possibility suspended above our heads. love, excitement, ecstasy, could be around any corner. she never says impossible; she invites mystery; she closes no door.
Sunday, October 16, 2005
Poke Free Bikes
nate's preparing the houka; someone's getting a jug of cider from the welder who lives next door; two girls avidly discuss something-- what i cannot hear. my attention jumps to the tall circus bike they've built, to the t-shirts that say poke-free-bikes, to the thrift-store masterpieces worn by one of our guides, to the space earrings, to the history of the 95 year old former hydro-electric plant we're in, to the flower-garlands and black muskrat cat she's painted on the old stone walls. the couches are old and comfortable and someone sitting there is playing a long copper tube with a plastic-leather mouthpiece making long deep vibration sounds. now the houka is running and the couches are full of people and conversations. you can hear some hard metal music playing pretty low: people here are around college age in or out of idaho state university and they talk of a opening music venue elsewhere in the building and the history of the opened and quickly failed venues. when we bring the circus bike out into the street, the welder comes out to his doorway and calls out, "hey you never know what kind of activities you hippies will be up to next." nate sparks back, "we're not hippies." again: "what are you then?" ... "i dunno," he says more calmly as he rides the circus bike down the street under the sodium lights and we chased after with a camera and boom mike.
Saturday, October 15, 2005
brigham young U at provo ut
you feel that way in Provo at the coffee house and music venue on university ave. kids are milling in and out of the place. there are 3 bands and assorted acoustic guitars being passed around. the ambient chatter here somehow seems full of possibility. many people here are BYU students with strict religious guidelines on sexual behavior. we meet three girls who want to discuss some of these very issues, excitedly, from the hour of 1am to 3am. the three sat in a row on the easy enveloping couch at the back of Giff's Corner, their friend's thrift store. they're giggly and excited to talk about feelings and experiences. they have some kind of trust in this experiment of human communication, some kind of trust that something of import is happening. there is less fear here in some ways, even as they speak of repressing & stamping out feelings that we all agreed are perfectly natural. it's a coexistence of open-mindedness and dogmatism we've now seen more than once on our trip.
does a direct interview approach incite our subjects to resort to their dogmatism? can we disarm them and give them space to open? i'm thinking of the Georgia O'Keefe's Angel's Trumpet or August Lily, or something, that opens up at sunset and closes again at mid-morning.
Thursday, October 13, 2005
out of sedona northbound
Wednesday, October 12, 2005
xanadu at oak creek sedona
the domes are curved everywhere and shaped like a half buried egg. the dining room is sunken to the same level as the floor and a deep bench wraps around the table's edge. one bed is on an alice in wonderland toadstool about 4 feet off the ground with a ladder to get up to it. right there under the dome, my voice resounds back to me. we meet iamjoy nowjoy and starjoy, his three daughters. they are in home-school and each has an internet terminal molded into the wall. mr. bracken has ended the use of the words "war" and "hate" as well as some others within his domes. It's a partial vision in my opinion; it's a work in progress in his words.
Tuesday, October 11, 2005
I Heart Head
Monday, October 10, 2005
artists love & hospitality in tucson
shop owners on 4th ave, tucson az
here is a mask from tucson
Saturday, October 08, 2005
cats are pretty sexy but they tend to claw you and run off too soon.
group sex with four people i'm ACTUALLY ATTRACTED to.
sex in sacred places. like a burial ground. a church. stone cold floor. kind of near the altar.
in the train from kyoto to tokyo for just a minute and a half. or a place where you have to be quiet and discreet like staying at someone's house and controlling your passion so no one hears.
i haven't seen her in ten years. she comes into this cafe in new york. we'd been on opposite sides of the globe. she recognizes me. on the flash of seeing her what's about to happen is just obvious and any moment is too long to wait.
eyes wide shut style, anonymous, strict, unknown, masked.
i'm riding the bus home, just standing. a girl i've never seen before is sitting. we look at each other. we're both brave enough to keep looking into each others eyes. i get off at my stop. she gets off behind me. she says, "can i follow you home?" she follows me to my house and there's no stopping. we can't get out of our clothes fast enough.
i'm on beach at california, and we just sort of look at each other. he just sort of leads me down the beach to these rocks. we admire each others bodies ... he is hot.
i want to dominate a woman ... like ripping off the clothes of a girl where there's been a lot of tension for a long time. it's almost a public situation. i just start putting my hand down her shirt, forgetting all her buttons. up her skirt into her panties. warm. wet. my tongue in her mouth, her hands on my breasts.
Friday, October 07, 2005
roswell new mexico
at the Out of This World Cafe there was a group of five who managed to steer any mention of bisexuality back into a conversation about the corrupted self-perpetuating government, the slide of morals, individuality, and political revolution. they called themselves rural people, self-educated legal scholars and they were all over the age of 50. they insisted there were bigger problems in our country than kinds of sexuality. soon enough we were off to meet a poly-amourous trio 150 miles away.
Open Question: Do You Have Bi-dar?
Thursday, October 06, 2005
ride to roswell nm
looking around the car, you could could see all manner of interesting sights.
when we got close to roswell and saw the lights on the top of the ferris wheel of the state fair we knew. ... we knew.
you were cosmic kat at the cosmic cafe across from office depot. we were four diners who didn't want you to leave our table every time you came over. you have great tatoos. we were leaving for the road.
Wednesday, October 05, 2005
dallas TX -- it's time
Tuesday, October 04, 2005
birds eye view
Here's looking out the plane window approaching Dallas Fort Worth. Non-descript & relentless yes. But when you think about it, these dwellings are filled with more ideas than you or i could imagine-- good bad & beautiful. We don't know what we'll find, but we know there's more than meets the eye. We all know people have more feelings of love than they express.
something to say
where we are
Wed Oct 05: Dallas TX
Thu Oct 06: Roswell NM
Fri Oct 07: Socorro NM
Sat Oct 08: Tucson AZ
Sun Oct 09: Tucson & Tempe AZ
Mon Oct 10: Tempe AZ
Tue Oct 11: Sedona AZ
Wed Oct 12: Page AZ
Thu Oct 13: Beaver UT
Fri Oct 14: Provo UT
Sat Oct 15: Salt Lake City UT
Sun Oct 16: Boise ID
Mon Oct 17: Seattle WA
Tue Oct 18: Portland OR
Wed Oct 19: Portland OR
Thu Oct 20: Portland OR
Fri Oct 21: Portland OR
Sat Oct 22: Portland OR
Sun Oct 23: Crescent City CA
Mon Oct 24: San Francisco CA
Tue Oct 25: Sonoma CA
Wed Oct 26: Berkeley CA
Thu Oct 27: King City CA
Fri Oct 28: Los Angeles CA
Sat Oct 29: Los Angeles CA
Sun Oct 30: Baker CA
Mon Oct 31: Las Vegas NV
Tue Nov 01: Venice Beach CA
Wed Nov 02: Los Angeles CA
: 2 Weeks 2 Days
Fri Nov 18: Los Angeles CA
In those weeks, Nils flew back to Lopez WA. Brittany developed a relationship such that two subjects became important people in her life, and her in theirs. When the day came to leave, it was obvious that Brittany would stay with the 2 subjects and Jane, too, to film and heal her ankle. Josephine and Wilmot (me) took to the road again chicago-bound for Kevin's house and eastern university interviews. While Brittany and Jane live in Los Angeles, Josephine and I cover more cities, in the 2nd part of the road trip
Sat Nov 19: Littlefield AZ
Sun Nov 20: Laramie WY
Mon Nov 21: Des Moines IA
Tue Nov 22: Chicago IL
Wed Nov 23: Indiana Dunes IN
Thu Nov 24: Indiana Dunes IN
Fri Nov 25: Indiana Dunes IN
Sat Nov 26: Chicago IL
Sun Nov 27: Chicago IL
Mon Nov 28: Bloomington IN
Tue Nov 29: Lansing MI
Wed Nov 30: Ann Arbor MI
Thu Dec 01: Ann Arbor MI
Fri Dec 02: New York City
ok, josephine travels to panama with wilmot to film kevin in january. for mardi gras, brittany and jane leave to film new orleans and many bisexuals who live there. then in late april brittany travels to memphis with wilmot to film new main character pam. in june, it's time for a new roadtrip in the south to cover more of the country's ideas and practices. we include a return to main character, pam, and pick up a new potential main character, garrett.
Tue Jun 20: Arrive Dallas TX
Wed Jun 21: Dallas TX
Thu Jun 22: Morillton AR
Fri Jun 23: Memphis TN
Sat Jun 24: Memphis TN
Sun Jun 25: Memphis TN
Mon Jun 26: Memphis TN
Tue Jun 27: Oxford MS
Wed Jun 28: Jackson MS
Thu Jun 29: Hattiesburg MS
Fri Jun 30: Gulfport MS
Sat Jul 01: Pensacola FL
Sun Jul 02: Loxley AL
Mon Jul 03: Austin TX
Tue Jul 04: Austin TX
Wed Jul 05: Austin TX
Thu Jul 06: Austin TX
Fri Jul 07: Depart Austin TX
Thursday, July 14, 2005
what's the film about?
In a political climate that promotes absolutes, in a country that thinks in gay and straight, are we witnessing the newest kind of revolution?
Produced by former California Congressman Michael Huffington, "Bi The Way" traces the roots, transformations, and "comings out" of bisexuality in American culture and responds to the recent scientific studies and newspaper articles that have been interrogating or affirming the prevalence of bisexuality--through a roadtrip-style anthropological cum pop-cultural exploration of the phenomenon. We're determined to find out if the new 'fad' of bisexuality (in high schools and colleges across America) is really just a fad, as it's being portrayed in many articles (Ms., Glamour, Teen, the Washington Post), or if it's a systemic change in young people's perceptions of their own sexuality.
Our film intimately follows four young (ages 15 - 29) lives in different parts of the country and then also 'tests the waters' of our country's tolerance and its concept of the bi through interviews with the makers of "The OC," Ani DiFranco, sex researchers, Dan Savage, Angelina Jolie, teens, politicians, activists, Alan Cumming, a cage fighter, 'change' therapists, the director of "Planet of the Bisexuals," George W. Bush (ok, his agent's calling me back), college students, religious leaders, musicians, historians, the guys at Burger King, and the list goes on.
We're highlighting young people who are 'under the radar' questioning their sexuality without really drawing attention to it, or even necessarily being aware that they're doing it...
We aim to find out why and where some young people get to choose a life beyond definitions, and can question the way they love without social and emotional consequences, while others still fight a raging battle for acceptance. Learning how this generation of teens challenges social definitions will increase understanding of how outrageous and indeterminate sexual categories are, and will let us know which parts of the country still need help in accepting their sons and daughters, and themselves, as they are.
We use our main characters' stories as a jumping off point to explore the larger issues of bisexuality: What does the word bisexual really mean? What are the stereotypes of and challenges to a bisexual lifestyle? Can any label on sexuality really describe a person? And where is our society's sexuality headed?
So let's do it! Involving lots of underwater equipment and the cameraman from The Squid and the Whale, "Bi the Way" is a truly hip, strange, beautiful documentary with the potential to change the world... Or at least spread a little chaos.