Friday, April 10, 2015

Tickets are now on sale for a teaser preview of My Erotic Body

Tickets are now on sale for a teaser preview of my film My Erotic Body about recent trends in pole dancing, which will be followed by 4 of the amazing women from the S Factor NY pole studio, Ilov Grate, Bernadette Pleasant, Victoria Niederhoffer and Courtney Keller dancing. Come and see us on June 6!


About the festival
http://newdancealliance.org/performance-mix-festival/

Buy tickets here
https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/944859


Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Ready for Lift Off

Well, it looks like the pole dancing documentary is ready for lift off. The studio is incredibly excited about the film and is doing everything they can to support the project. It's the first time I have had this kind of support when making a project. Usually I feel like I am pushing a huge boulder up a hill when I am working with my more experimental videos and performances, but this time it feels like I am being picked up and carried along with a big cheering crowd around me.


Both of these pictures are of my beautiful teacher Meg who 
has been so helpful and supportive of me in so many ways


So, at this point, I am going to put out a video through the studio's newsletter telling people about the project and asking for their participation. Incredibly enough, I already have 4 people who have expressed their interest in being interviewed and I haven't even shared the video yet.  Here is the video if you want to see it   https://vimeo.com/101860929


Isn't she gorgeous!

I feel so privileged to have the opportunity to work on this project and meet the women at the studio.  I have been taking classes S Factor for over 3 years now and after all this time I have say that I don't know the most basic things about any of the women at the studio- like knowing what they do for a living, if they have kids or what they watch on television.  Instead, I feel that I know them in a much deeper and more intimate way through their dance.   This has been a wordless, but extremely beautiful conversation for me and now I am excited to hear all the words.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Making Connections

Today I met with Gerri, the owner of the S Factor studio in New York, to speak with her about the documentary.  I wanted to get her okay on the project and see if she could help me with some of the logistics- like finding people from the studio who would be willing to speak about their experience on camera and also to see if I could videotape in the space.


The meeting went wonderful.  Gerri is such a passionate, articulate woman and hearing her speak about how pole dancing has affected her life and the lives of many of the women she has met at the studio reignited my excitement for my project.  She told me stories about breast cancer survivors who came to S Factor after mastectomies in order to reconnect with their sexual bodies. She told me a story of a woman whose husband got very ill and how her class rallied around her and supported her until her husband recovered.  She also told me about her 70-year-old aunt who takes classes at S Factor.   


Personal growth, community, fun and an understanding of eroticism and sexuality that is not bound by the dictates of society are exactly the issues I want to touch on in the documentary.   I have feeling it will not be easy to get these personal and intimate stories, although Gerri said that her 70-year old aunt would be happy to be interviewed, but I think with some patience I will get what I need.



I think this will be an interesting adventure for me.  I am curious to see whom I will meet and what I will discover about the women at S Factor.  Although I have been taking classes there for many years, I really do not know much about any of the women there, why they are there and what they get from the experience.  As with any documentary, I will start with an idea, throw it up in the air and then see where it takes me.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Beginnings


Like any art work, making a documentary is a birth of sorts.  It's long, painful and laborious and somehow after going through the whole process, you want to do it again.

                                         Birth of Venus by Alexandre Cabanel

So, here I am again in the beginning stages of a new documentary project.  At the moment, I am laying down some groundwork and letting my ideas percolate.  I emailed a letter today to my teacher telling her about the project and asking for her feedback on how to proceed.  It has taken weeks to draft this email and I am glad that I finally done.   After this, I will create a storyboard, which I will use to pitch the project and also help me to organize my ideas.


Otherwise, I have 2 cameras (a DSLR and a regular video camera)  at my disposal and need to decide which one I want to use.  In order to figure this out I have been doing short interviews with people I know. Today I interviewed my friend Ilene using both cameras.  I haven't looked at the footage yet and I think it is interesting that the thing I remember most from today was how much I enjoyed listening to her talk.   I was captivated and excited by her ideas and reflections.  It reminds me that the camera is just a tool.  It is important, but not the most important thing.  The DSLR is a lot of work to use and I find it distracting. I would rather focus on ideas and engaging with my subjects.



So, that is all for now.  I look forward to hearing back from the pole dancing teacher. If she gives me the sense that the school will be open and supportive of the project then things will start to roll.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

New Doc Project

I haven't written in a while, but that does not mean I haven't been thinking and searching for a new project.  Well, I found one, so  I will tell you about this documentary  project that I have been thinking about and feel ready to start putting into motion:

I take pole dancing classes at a place called S Factor. I have been doing this for a number of years and after all this time, I am actually not very good at pole dancing. My body just doesn't seem to have the strength for it, but I still keep going to classes and I keep moving onto the next level. I am at the top level now, but still can't do some very basic tricks. So, the question is, why do I do this?  Why do I spend all this money learning how to pole dance?  And of all the dance forms I can choose, why pole dancing of all things?  I mean, isn't that for men in strip clubs?  And how in the world can a group of women enjoy doing this together?  These are all things I have thought and strangely, I have found the journey of pole dancing at this particular school to be incredibly enlightening, both in terms of my own sensual exploration and in terms of the kind of connection I have created with the other women in the classes.  It fascinates me and surprises me and I think it will make an interesting documentary.

I have been thinking about this for a while, but I feel ready to ask some of the women in my class if they would be willing to talk about their experience for the camera.  It is really a bit frightening to start this project for a number of reasons, but I am willing to take the plunge.  Wish me  luck!!


I can't do many tricks, but I am happy to say that I can do this one! - that's not me though.