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.
We are so pleased to have been accepted for fiscal sponsorship by Women Make Movies!
Women Make Movies is a 501(c)(3) non-profit media arts organization registered with the New York Charities Bureau of New York State. As the fiscal sponsor, WMM accepts donations or grants on behalf of the filmmaker and takes the responsibility of administering the funds received in support of the development and completion of the film.
Established in 1972 to address the under representation and misrepresentation of women in the media industry, Women Make Movies is a multicultural, multiracial, non-profit media arts organization which facilitates the production, promotion, distribution and exhibition of independent films and videotapes by and about women. The organization provides services to both users and makers of film and video programs, with a special emphasis on supporting work by women of color. Women Make Movies facilitates the development of feminist media through an internationally recognized Distribution Service and a Production Assistance Program.
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:
Hey! In case you missed the party, here’s a bunch of press about it:
Entertainment Weekly did a blog post…
…as did Paper Magazine (check out Joseph’s killer photos)…
…and Homo-Neurotic (even more great pics – as well as our nominee for great blog title of the year)!
Many thanks to everyone who came out and supported our party. It was a really special night, and your encouragement means the world to us! xoxo.
Thanks also to Mimi Imfurst for emceeing the evening flawlessly.
Save the date – and start planning your outfit…..
BeBe is coming to NYC on Wednesday, July 29th for a fundraising party to benefit the completion of our documentary.
DATE: Wednesday, July 29, 2009
LOCATION: Blvd – 199 Bowery at Spring Street
TIME: After work, 7-11pm
COVER: $15 at door, $10 with RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
WHY YOU SHOULD COME:
1) The one and only BeBe Zahara Benet (and special guests) will be on hand for a rare NYC performance & to mingle!
2) We will be premiering our latest fundraising trailer for the film!
3) There will be a silent auction with amazing items up for bid!
4) We’ll have an early bird open bar & wine tasting – courtesy of our sponsor, Barefoot Wines & Bubbly!
5) You believe in supporting independent film, your friends, and people everywhere who follow their dreams!
We’ll be looking recession-fabulous. You should too!
Visit our Facebook Event Page:
Despite rumors that she would be in San Francisco for their Pride festivities, BeBe was at Loring Park representing her roots this past weekend for the Twin Cities Pride Festival. She signed autographs on Saturday at the Comcast/Logo booth, did back-to-back shows at the packed-to-the-gills Gay 90s on Saturday and Sunday, and rode the Gay 90s float with the rest of the gorgeous LaFemme girls in the parade on Sunday.
It was a whirlwind, but we got some great footage. It was also a real nice excuse to return to Minneapolis, catch up with BeBe, get the details on my friend Joey’s engagement, and see my family. Selected Taste-of-TC-Pride-Weekend memories: spiked cherry snow cones, fennel and tarragon tater tots, and a delicious Australian Semillon….