What people are saying about Here Come the Ecosexuals
“Your ecosex project is what we - the planet, the art world, academia, etc - all need at the moment.”
-Dr. Mithu Melanie Sanyal, Journalist and Author
“This compost is hot!”
-Dr. Donna Harraway, Professor Emerita UCSC, Author of When Species Meet
“We collaborated on my View Project that became View-Spot that became V-Spot. It was a wonderful hike through the desert and I am still helping people find their V-Spots in the desert. The result is a collection of happy and sublime desert artworks. I have more courage to follow through with this exploration because of Annie and Beth. Thank you!"
-Paula Pool, Artist
"Beth and Annie remind us of why we care about the earth in the first place: it's where we get to experience life and love and laughter. They create an alternative space where we can imagine how it might be if we treated the earth as our lover and partner, rather than as a resource to be exploited."
-Xandra Coe, Arts Producer
“it's a win win with Annie and Beth. We get sexy pictures and our ecoawareness is improved.”
-Clyde Bradley, Facebook Friend
"Annie and Beth have taken environmental activism to a brilliant new arena: the universal characteristic of human sexuality. Their creativity, sensitivity and sparkle make the critical issue of caring for the Earth and its creatures much more accessible to everyone. They are true visionaries, dazzling artists and consummate entertainers as well. They constantly amaze and educate and their love for one another inspires."
-Kat Sunlove, Former Publisher and Adult Industry Lobbyist
"Annie and Beth’s activism runs refreshingly counter-current to mainstream doom and gloom. Sometimes great ideas are presented as such chores it can be a real turn-off, but that’s not the case here. They don’t trivialize the issues, but they make you want to pay attention, learn more and (gasp!) even take action yourself. Rock on, grrrlz!"
-Little Shiva, Designer and Artist
“I was unaware of the Ecosexual concept until I read about it and saw video clips that have been produced by Ms. Sprinkle and Ms. Stephens. I am looking forward to their continuing work.”
-John Harrold, Photographer
“Your work reminds me of Alice in Wonderland.”
-Bagirow Elshad, Teacher in Azurbahjan
“Your work is so powerful it's hard to put into words!”
-Janina Angel Bath, High Priestess, Oakland
-Amadeaus Scott , Researcher
What people are saying about our film Goodbye Gauley Mountain
“Goodbye Gauley Mountain is deep, full of feeling, effective, beautifully made and powerful! Especially dear to my heart are all the fine ecosexual West Virginia dogs. The message of this film belongs in every adult and child’s heart, soul, mind and body. This compost is hot!”
- Donna Haraway, Professor Emeritus UC Santa Cruz and Author of When Species Meet and the Cyborg Manifesto.
“Goodbye Gauley Mountain is all at once a smart and sexy documentary, film essay, art video, and activist vehicle. I show this exemplar of ecosexuality in classes on pornography, experimental documentary, and environmental media"
- Constance Penley, Professor of Film and Media Studies, Co-Convenor of the Carsey-Wolf Center's Environmental Media Initiative Research Group, UC Santa Barbara
“Goodbye Gauely Mountain is a work of art who’s presence will continue to work its magic for years to come.
- Helen and Newton Harrison, Environmental Artists, Professors Emeritus UC San Diego
“Generations of Appalachia women fighting power companies have been documented on film. In Harlan County, USA, they stake their claim as union folks alongside husbands and daddies. In Chemical Valley, they stake their claim as mothers and protectors of the land. In Goodbye Gauley Mountain, a new champion of economic justice emerges: the ecosexual, who saves the earth as lover instead of mother. Beth Stephens and Annie Sprinkle hilariously mock the fear of a Queer planet with a serious message of opposing mountaintop removal in this fabulously teachable film.”
- Professor Carol Mason, University of Kentucky in Gender and Women’s Studies and author of Reading Appalachia from Left to Right and Oklahomo: Lessons in Unqueering America.
“Impressive. Informative. Passionate. Required viewing for scholars, students, artists, and activists concerned about the environment--and in saving the planet"
- Kelly Dennis, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Art History, University of Connecticut and author of Art/Porn: A History of Seeing and Touching (Berg 2009)
“Goodbye Gauley Mountain is a wonderful and inspiring film about stopping the environmental devastation of one of America’s most valuable ecological landscapes. The film uses passion, beauty, humor and love to confront the environmental challenge, filling the viewer with hope and resilience, rather than helplessness and despair. A great film to show documentary film students, as it is a great example of a personal, participatory film project that spurs viewers to social action.”
- Jesse Drew, Ph.D. Cinema and Technocultural Studies, University of California at Davis
"A passionate and personal plea for the preservation of the mountains which produce our most vital and basic natural resource, water. A MUST for the younger generation to see."
- Geoffrey Hendricks, Professor of Art Emeritus, Rutgers University. Fluxus Artist
"What would happen if we dared to actually, literally, and explicitly love the environment? The one we live in, the one we come from, and the one that we envision for ourselves, our loved ones, and the generations of those who will follow us? Goodbye Gauley Mountain is an unabashed love song, filled with both mourning and hope, for the richness of the earth we’ve squandered yet deem to hold sacred. At the sharpest critical edge of the new ecological theory — and in all its warmth and joyousness and generosity — this film calls for us to drop the distant intellectual guard we wear like so many fig leaves. We owe so much to Beth Stephens and Annie Sprinkle for bringing it to us. Fearless and consummate lovers of the earth, they teach us to embrace our ecosexuality and how to enact this vital new critical paradigm.”
- Richard Morrison, Editorial Director, Fordham University Press
“WOW Beth & Annie!! You two have accomplished a mountainous task of creating a work of art-life that we all need. Your masterful/multi-faceted film, Goodbye Gauley Mountain is: 1. A teaching tool for art departments. 2. A performance art look at a complicated/dangerous issue translated as life back into art. 3. A documentary that mentors viewers and environmental activists into the important and necessary language of global warming outrage!! Thank you for sharing your news and teaching us how to roar.”
- Linda Mary Montano Artist and Author of Letters from Linda M. Montano
“A heartfelt, moving, incisive film and an invaluable document. Crosses disciplines from experimental performance to contemporary politics and environmental activism.
- Dr. Luke Dixon. Author of Keeping Bees in Towns and Cities, Bees & Honey: Myth, Folklore and Traditions, Playacting, Creating Solo Performance Senior Lecturer, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, South Africa, Visiting Lecturer, Middlesex University, UK. Beekeeper in Residence, The Natural History Museum, London.
"This is, without compare, the sexiest nature documentary and one of the most profound films to deal with the beauty and tragedy of the Appalachian Mountains in the age of King Coal.
- Russ McSpadden, Earth First! Journal
"Heartfelt, haunting and downright provocative, Goodbye Gauley Mountain is one of the most captivating environmental documentaries of the year."
Greg Archer, Huffington Post
“I was expecting to see a boring, hippie, lesbian, environmentalist film but Goodbye Gauley Mountain—An Ecosexual Love Story is unlike any film I’ve ever seen before. Its fun, its dirty and after watching this film, you’ll never think of tree hugging or where your electricity comes form in quite the same way.”
- Travis Mathews, Filmmaker, Interior.LeatherBar
"Goodbye Gauley Mountain offers an artful examination of the devastation of mountain-top removal in West Virginia, while also presenting eroticism and ecosexuality as ethical resources towards furthering ecological activism. The film is both critically relevant and heartfelt, a documentary that exposes the troubled world that we are making and our personal, material, and meaningful implication within that world. It tells a story of violence and love, kinship and desire, in which human lives are not and cannot be the only lives that matter."
- Michael J. Morris, Dance and Performance Studies Scholar, Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Dance, Denison University (After August)
“Elizabeth Stephens and Annie Sprinkle are strong, honest and dangerous.”
-Eric Hokeson, Grace Exhibition Space, New York