Bernal neighbors and celebrity filmmakers Beth Stephens and Annie Sprinkle have created a new film that’s starting to hit the festival circuit. It’s called “Goodbye Gauley Mountain: An Ecosexual Love Story,” and it’s coming home to San Francisco this weekend.
Neighbor Beth says, “The film is about stopping mountain top removal by engaging our deep love for the Earth. We’ve invented a new sexuality, Ecosexuality, to express this love and to help make the environmental movement a little more “sexy, fun, and diverse.”
Their film was shown at the Sheffield Film Festival in Sheffield, England this week, and it’s playing for SF Indie Fest at the glamorous Roxie Theater on Saturday June 14 and Thursday June 19.
Here’s the ecosexy official summary:
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.