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Goodbye Gauley Mountain Film Screening & Discussion
Start Date: 9/2/2015Start Time: 7:30 PM
End Date: 9/2/2015End Time: 10:30 PM

Event Description:
The documentary/romance Goodbye Gauley Mountain: An Ecosexual Love Story (2014), followed with a discussion by the filmmakers, will be held at the Gluck Theater on 7:30 PM on Wednesday, September 2nd.

Goodbye Gauley Mountain: An Ecosexual Love Story (2014)

Goodbye Gauley Mountain: An Ecosexual Love Story is the true tale of the two San Francisco “ecosexual” artist-lovers who join forces with environmental activists in trying to stop a destructive form of mining. This David-and-Goliath struggle for survival in the coalfields is narrated through an autobiographical family visit home. The documentary injects an otherwise dire situation with sexy fun and surprising activist strategies, such as a performance-art marriage to the mountains. Goodbye Gauley Mountain raises awareness about the devastation of mountain-top-removal (MTR) mining, while celebrating the Earth's ecosexual glory.

Having coined the term SexEcology, Annie Sprinkle and Beth Stephens and have been developing this new field of research over the course of their thirteen-year collaboration. They shift the metaphor of Earth as mother to that of lover, inspiring and engaging others in more mutual relationship with nature and each other. Infusing sensual pleasure, humor and absurdity into unlikely situations, Stephens and Sprinkle engage the unexpected, encouraging us to slow down the alarming speed of our lives. In doing so, they hope to increase awareness around the current rate of ecological devastation, and to open participants up to more viable possibilities for human and non-human survival in the future.

Annie Sprinkle was a sex worker before morphing into artist and sexologist. She has passionately explored sexuality for over forty years, creating her unique brand of feminist sex films, visual art and performance, as well as writing, teaching and lecturing. Sprinkle received her BFA from the NY School of Visual Arts, and was the first porn star to earn a Ph.D. For the past 12 years she has collaborated on art projects with her partner Elizabeth Stephens. In 2013 she received the Artist/Activist/Scholar Award from Performance Studies International at Stanford, and was awarded the Acker Award for Excellence in the Avant Garde.

Beth Stephens is an interdisciplinary artist, activist and a professor at U.C. Santa Cruz. For over 25 years, her visual and performance work has explored themes of the body, queerness, and feminism. Stephens has exhibited and performed in museums, galleries and theaters across the US and Europe, including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Vortex in Austin, PS1 in New York City, the Museo Reina Sophia in Madrid, Spain, and the Museum Kunstpalast in Dusseldorf, Germany.
Location Information:
Downtown Campus - Mountainlair  (View Map)
1550 University Ave
Morgantown, WV 26506
Room: Gluck Theatre

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