Black Summers Productions made this 5-minute documentary as part of a
collective effort by Bay Area filmmakers to commemorate 30 years of the
AIDS pandemic. For more stories, visit The HIV Story Project.
There is a version of the Bradford York mini-documentary with Spanish
subtitles. Both versions are on BSP's YouTube channels (see below).
In conjunction with Face to Face Sonoma County AIDS Network, there was a special
screening of Queer Icon: The Cult of Bette Davis at the Rialto Cinemas Lakeside in Santa
Rosa, California on February 18, 2010. After the screening there was a Q&A with Mike
Black, Carole Summers, Michael Guillén, Bernardo Espi, Matthew Kennedy, and Scott
O'Brien. The Q&A was moderated by Gary Carnivele of KRCB 91FM radio. A transcript
of the Q&A is now available on Michael Guillén's blog The Evening Class.
This documentary examines the many aspects of the gay fascination with Bette Davis,
featuring film clips of Bette's most iconic moments, juxtaposed with camp burlesques
of her by San Francisco actor Matthew Martin and others, including Charles Pierce
and Arthur Blake; a profile of Martin highlighting his long identification with Davis;
and interviews with fans, entertainers, and gay cultural historians.
"More than simply a
lovefest, Queer Icon
gays still need a role
model like the
fabulous Miss D." Michael Fox
A Cold Reading is a dark comedy set in San Francisco.
Please visit the A Cold Reading page for all the details.
This is the "begging" video we posted on Kickstarter. We imagined ourselves going door
to door asking people to contribute money so we could make a movie and wondered what
would happen if we went to the wrong door. The film clips are from Alfred Hitchcock's 1934
version of The Man Who Knew Too Much (which is in the public domain).
Photo by Carole Summers
"Post-production" (editing and the usual technical repair work) continues on our little
experiment,Blanche DuBois in Purgatory. On September 6 and 7, 2014, we went into the
otherwise empty Southside Theater at Fort Mason with a small crew and three extraordinarily
committed actors -- Seton Brown, Matthew Martin and Nancy French -- to record essentially
three real-time performances of the one-hour play, all performed with the barest of staging and
no audience. Offered up here is a very brief glimpse of these brilliant actors at work.
If you would like to
help finance A Cold
Reading you can make
a donation through
donations are NOT tax
deductible but you will
receive a "Special