Punishment doesn’t heal. Honesty does that.
This work stems from an early childhood sexual trauma shared with my Mother and the universal compassion she modeled. The film VIRGIN (2014) was originally meant to be a collaboration with other survivors of sexual violence relating the personal with the ecological. When the collaborations and funding fell through, I wrote the poem NO and finished the film with what I had available. The interview recorded after filming for VIRGIN gives a feel of my intention.
For more on my healing process and reading on healing through spiritual emergence, please see BUSTED OPEN.
Filming for VIRGIN began as a spontaneous collaboration between artists, Clare Hedin, Suellen Primost, Megan Hollingsworth, and was made possible through the Tree Sisters network.
The finished production is with thanks to financial and/or creative contributions from the following: 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
This interview includes footage from and was conducted immediately after filming for VIRGIN in the hills of what is called Oakland, California.