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CDAR: Goodbye Gauley Mountain: An Ecosexual Love Story

Tue, Feb 4, 2014, 5:00 pm
Communications 130 (Studio A)

Screening & Discussion with filmmakers BETH STEPHENS & ANNIE SPRINKLE
with commentary by RICK PRELINGER

Stephens and Sprinkle, two ecosexuals in love, raise performance art hell in West Virginia to help save the region from mountaintop removal destruction. This film chronicles their love, activism, and struggle to save their family home, climaxing with their wedding to the Appalachian Mountains.

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Annie Sprinkle, PhD is the prostitute/porn star turned artist/sexologist. She has passionately researched and explored sexuality in all of its glorious and inglorious forms for thirty-six years, and has shared her findings all along the way through producing and starring in her own unique brand of sex films, photographic work, teaching workshops, and college lectures.

Beth Stephens is a performance artist, activist and educator whose art-work, performance art and writing have explored themes of queerness, feminism and environmentalism for over 25 years. Stephens and Sprinkle have collaborated to form the Love Art Laboratory, where they are attempting to make the environmental movement a little more sexy, fun and diverse. Stephens is a professor of Art at UC Santa Cruz and is currently pursuing a PhD in Performance Studies at UC Davis.

Rick Prelinger is an archivist, writer, filmmaker, outsider librarian, and founder of the Prelinger Archives, a collection of industrial, advertising, educational and amateur films that was acquired by the Library of Congress in 2002. With Megan Prelinger, he is the co-founder of Prelinger Library, an appropriation-friendly private research library open to the public in downtown San Francisco. Prelinger is a professor of Film and Digital Media at UC Santa Cruz.

Presented by the Center for Documentary Arts and Research (CDAR)
Co-sponsored by UCSC Department of Film and Digital Media