Punishment doesn’t heal. Honesty is a start.
VIRGIN is a therapeutic piece for me. The production stems from my roots in community health advocacy and an early childhood sexual trauma shared with my mother, who modeled, above all, unconditional love and compassion. My gratitude goes to collaborating artists and sponsors who made the production possible.
The final concept for VIRGIN evolved after a spontaneous dance session between collaborating artists in Oakland, California. The film has seen several edits, including multiple recordings of the poem voice over, since online release in 2014. The final voice over is from a recording in 2016 when I was working through radical anger. The latest edit was accomplished summer 2019.
Please watch OLD SURVIVOR ( ©2018 Oakland Trails ) for information on the history of coast redwoods, past and community efforts to protect the trees and help maintain trails through Oakland’s Adopt-A-Spot program.
The giant sequoia images in VIRGIN are from a 2013 photography session with Jack Gescheidt in the North Grove of Calaveras Big Trees State Park. More of the big trees photos are featured in WILDFIRE: A LOVE STORY (2013). Please see a Save The Redwoods League opportunity to purchase and protect Alder Creek, the largest remaining privately owned giant sequoia property.
Footage* for VIRGIN is with thanks to financial contributions from Charlotte Fuller, Kathleen Rouleau, Kathleen Leachman, Ernest Reed, Deborah Bowers, B.J. West, Dave Hampton, Catherine Campion, Cristina Russo, Pollyanna Darling, Jazmine Raymond, Carolee Carlson, Jennifer Weiss, Maureen Freehill, Gloria Gypsy, Clare Hedin, Suellen Primost, Beverly Pitzer Markiewicz, Dan Jason, Kristin Tieche, Judy b., Ben Raby, Alexi Francis
*I’m in debt to Beverly (Pitzer) Markiewicz and Tree Ring Productions for VIRGIN preproduction, including interviews with collaborating artists. Beverly and her crew agreed to film on trust of payment that a patron had promised me for the recording session. The monies turned up unavailable after-the-fact and I was unable to complete the payment with a crowdfunding campaign. My gratitude goes to Beverly for access to the footage and permission to finish the production anyway. I regret moving forward with other work while this debt remained and am devoted to paying Beverly in full. Please see my Patreon page to support this effort if you would like to help. Thank you.