lesbianfilm is a collaborative performance video set in the 1990 lesbian film making community. 3 lesbians set out to make a lesbian movie, and pitch a different story to each potential contributor. This film is part of the lesbianfilm collective’s work, and to date, the only work of the collective.

Some sound bites from the video:

“It’s a lesbian movie; therefore, lots and lots of sex.” — Mocha Jean Herrup

“Do you have any of the kind that look like … look like a dolphin?” — Gretchen Lee

“It’s one thing if he’s a programmer, a festival programmer, and we need to suck a little dick. That’s fine, but I’m not going to do that here.” — Evie Leder

“It’s kind of got that sport dyke thing going, but at the same time, there’s a revolutionary aspect.” — Mocha Jean Herrup

“It’s about a lonely lesbian and she is befriended by a gay man, and they take a magical trip through the desert.” — Gretchen Lee

“They have been sleeping on a futon for years, and they wanted to get a real bed. And that would consummate their love.” — Evie Leder

“We actually need a lot of cigarettes. We’re doing a scene with a chain smoker.” — Mocha Jean Herrup

“We’re trying to get a location — it’s, like, about a dyke daddy/dyke boy kind of thing.” — Mocha Jean Herrup

“It’s a film about two girls who are in love, and then a third girl comes along” — Gretchen Lee

“If we could get, like, some CDs and we could just tape them and then bring them back. …” — Mocha Jean Herrup

“We’re going to get “Buffy”, and we’re going to have her in the buff!” — Evie Leder

“Sarah? … Look, I can hear her voice in the background. If you could just hand the phone back to her, I think that would be great.” — Gretchen Lee

“It’s kind of got an MTV look to it, but, at the same time, there are going to be some shots that are gonna kinda look like Out of Africa, because it will be shot on 35.” — Mocha Jean Herrup

“Wait — you were talking about this without me? … I thought this was a collaboration.” — Evie Leder

“I think we should get Jewel. Girls really like Jewel. Girls really like Jewel.” — Gretchen Lee

Screenings:

Amsterdam Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, 2002
Berlin Lesbian Film Festival, 2001
Boston International Festival of Women’s Cinema, 2002
Boulder Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, 2002
Cinematexas, 2001
The Fairytales Film Festival, Calgary, Alberta Canada, 2002
Fairy Tales Film Festival, 2002
Flaming Film Festival, Minneapolis, 2002
Hamburg Lesbian & gay Film Festival, 2001
Hong Kong Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, 2002
La Pena Cultural Centre in Berkeley, California, 2001
Lesben Film Festival Berlin, 2001
London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, 2002
London Ontario Lesbian Film Festival, 2002
Los Angeles Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, 2002
Making Scenes Film and Video Festival, Ottawa Ontario, 2001
Melbourne Queer Film Festival, 2002
Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival, 2002
Minneapolis Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, 2001
Montreal Lesbian & Gay Film festival, 2002
New Zealand Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, 2002
Ottowa Lesbian and Gay Film festival, 2001
Outtakes: New Zealand Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, 2002
Reel Affirmations: Washington DC Film Festival, 2002
Regina Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, 2002
Rochester Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, 2001
San Francisco Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, 2001
Seattle lesbian and Gay Film Festival, 2001
Sundance Channel, Shorts Out Loud 4, 2002
Sydney Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, 2002
Tampa Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, 2002
Toronto Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, 2002