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
Below is a very brief glimpse of these brilliant actors at work.
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Reading you can make
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BLANCHE DUBOIS IN PURGATORY
Now Available as a FREE Download via MediaFire (3.43GB .mp4 file) for viewing offline
If you enjoyed Blanche
DuBois In Purgatory
please consider making
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A Comedy Somewhere Between Life and Death
You can view the entire 56-minute performance on YouTube
On September 6 and 7, 2014, three consummate professionals, Seton
Brown, Matthew Martin and Nancy French, went into the empty
Southside Theater at Fort Mason in San Francisco and performed this
original one-act play in real time for the cameras. At the top of their
stagecraft and working beautifully together, the trio pulled off a small
miracle given the ridiculously tight schedule and production constraints
of this extremely low-budget experiment, delivering three marvelously
vivid characterizations more than worthy of attention. In spite of all the
technical challenges, the artistry of these gifted actors is very much on
display here and very much something to be celebrated.
M. Black's 14-minute meditation on Alfred Hitchcock’s use of a subjective camera
angle in one specific context: Depicted on screen is a character in motion looking at
something off screen. A moving camera then captures the object of attention,
simulating the shifting perspective of the moving observer.