I’m a pretty superstitious lady. But after a major push from 2014-2015, I feel confident that we’re at least 95% in-the-can with shooting this film.
Documentaries like this one are really crafted in the edit, so I can’t wait to really dig in. I’m tremendously proud of the dedication and efforts our team made – despite extremely limited resources – to gather all the berries we need to make this pie.
I’m extremely grateful to everyone who has participated in this film – both on-camera and off – especially the friends and family who have supported me throughout this period of intensive and unpredictable shooting.
I’m also grateful for Amy’s frozen enchilada meals. I think I have eaten twice my body weight in that convenient deliciousness over the course of this past year.
BEING BEBE was selected for a special Peer Pitch program hosted by Docs In Progress in Silver Spring, Maryland. The event was sponsored-in-part by the D-Word, in conjunction with the AFI Docs Film Festival.
Many thanks to my fellow filmmakers who shared their inspiring works-in-progress, as well as Erica Ginsberg at Docs In Progress and Melissa Houghton with Women In Film & Video for the support and incredibly encouraging feedback!
Director Emily Branham pitched BEING BEBE to a panel of documentary industry decision-makers at IFP’s Independent Film Week at Lincoln Center. One of three non-fiction filmmakers selected, Emily had just 90 seconds to present her project. She then received feedback from experts Simon Kilmurry (POV), Judith Helfand (Chicken & Egg Pictures), Julie Anderson (WNET) and Jackie Glover (HBO). The response from panelists and audience members was overwhelmingly positive and encouraging. Thanks, IFP!
“That was wonderful. I was completely drawn in by the total story, which is extraordinary to do…You were funny, you had humility, you’re incredibly loving. You have a real relationship with this person, it’s lasted for 8 years. He’s let you in, he’s let you see him be vulnerable. It has all the strengths in it that you need to have a wonderful story.” – Judith Helfand
“You were a good storyteller….and you have a strong character. You made this person come to life, and I could see this person and think about this person, and want to know more about this person that you’re following. And I think those are really key things in any documentary. So thank you.” – Jackie Glover
“If the goal of this 90-second pitch was to get a meeting, we should have a meeting! You knew what you wanted to say, but it was natural. It was coming from your heart…I love that you’re with this guy for 8 years. It just shows incredible dedication. And I know that over a period of 8 years, you’re gonna have all the elements of a story: conflict and drama, triumph and challenge, and all those things that we look for.” – Simon Kilmurry
BeBe’s latest live spectacle of a show features original music, fabulous backup singers, and killer dancers. There were only three performances of CREATURE in May – hosted by the sparkling new XL Nightclub in New York City. But the show got some great attention, and I anticipate more NYC dates, as well as a potential tour……..
BeBe hosted the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission’s Celebration of Courage event and awards ceremonies last week in New York City and San Francisco.
IGLHRC is an organization dedicated to human rights advocacy on behalf of people who experience discrimination or abuse on the basis of their actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity or expression. Some of IGLHRC’s earliest work involved building a movement toward the decriminalization of homosexual activity in BeBe’s home country of Cameroon. BeBe felt extremely honored to be involved in the week’s festivities, and we were delighted to document them.
Next Magazine has posted a fun new Q&A with the lovely BeBe. Do you know who her celebrity crush is? I didn’t. Also love the gown in this photo – Rae Ann constructed it using leftover scraps from all the pieces they have made together over the years.
BeBe has a new single coming out – and a gorgeous music video to boot!
Nick Hillyard shot and edited the music video for “I’m the Shit” in Minneapolis. He and his team did a terrific job! A release party for the single was held at the Gay 90’s, and BeBe performed the number live in front of an amazing audience of friends and family. An incredibly moving night.
A couple pics from the shoot: