R/EVOLVE is a feature film that was created in Seattle and produced by Dual Power Productions. It asks the question: Who is left out of a movement that’s gaining mainstream appeal?
What is the face of marriage equality?
Lucas and Lincoln just got engaged. Marriage equality may soon be legal, and Lucas will have everything he wants—a career and a stable home with Lincoln.
Meanwhile, Lincoln is leading a major account at his advertising firm—one that will rehabilitate the image of conservative company Big Corp by having its CEO grandstand for the marriage equality campaign. The approach could secure loyal “pink money” for Big Corp and launch Lincoln’s career. It’s the opportunity of a lifetime, but Lincoln senses something isn’t right.
When he picks up a free-spirited hitchhiker named Raccoon, Lincoln inadvertently enters a world of art and activism. New concepts of freedom and stability are revealed to him, awakening the artist inside him. However, his newfound radical politics quickly jeopardize his work, his relationship and the struggle for marriage equality, leaving everyone asking, “What is the face of equality and what is the price?”
Nomination: Grand Jury Prize – 2013 Mumbai Queer Film Festival
Director: billie rain
Writer / Producer: Basil Shadid
Cinematographer: Margaret Longley
Edited by: Jarrod Pasha, Basil Shadid
Lincoln: Maximillian Davis
Lucas: Lowell Deo
Raccoon: Lil’Snoopy Fujikawa
heart breaks open:“This is what queer cinema needs to be – homegrown, authentic, brutally honest” – Seattle Gay Scene
A model queer activist, poet and community advocate, Jesus (Maximillian Davis) prides himself in his work with the Seattle LGBT community. At the same time, Jesus is having unprotected sex and cheating on his long-time partner (Samonte Cruz). Jesus’s world implodes when he discovers that he is HIV positive, forcing him to confront his innermost fears, his relationship with his ex-boyfriend, and a future living with HIV. Faced with the unknown, Jesus is pulled from the brink of self-destruction by Sister Alysa Trailer (Brian Peters), a drag nun who leads him down a path of self-discovery.
‘heart breaks open’ is a feature film about queer life, public health and community accountability. It was written as a four page outline and transformed to a feature-length project through a collaborative filmmaking process. Actors used improvisational acting to create dialogue and action. Documentary filmmakers captured performances using cinema verité techniques. Seattle locations and their staff were used to create an undeniable meditative realism.
In a nuanced and subtle way, ‘heart breaks open’ comments on the notion of a ‘second coming’ of the Christian Jesus Christ. The film deviates from the traditional 3-act story structure, commonly used in fiction film, and follows the path of the Christian ‘Stations of the Cross’. Instead of a cross, HIV is our Jesus’s burden to bear. Instead of the daughters of Jerusalem, Jesus is met by the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, “an order of 21st Century [drag] nuns dedicated to the promulgation of universal joy and the expiation of stigmatic guilt.”
‘heart breaks open’ strives to provoke. Who would Jesus be if he were with us today? What would be his cross to bear? How would we crucify him? Would he crucify himself?
‘heart breaks open’ was fiscally sponsored by Three Dollar Bill Cinema and was produced by Dual Power Productions. We’ve also partnered with Gay City Health Project, Lifelong AIDS Alliance, and the Seattle chapter of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence — The Abbey of Saint Joan.
Winner: Best Film – 2011 Red Wasp Film Festival
Nomination: Grand Jury Prize – 2011 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival
Director: Billie Rain
Producer: Basil Shadid
Editor: John Boucher
Assistant Director: Alix Kolar
Cinematography: Basil Shadid, James Longley, Alex Walsh
Sound Engineers: Matt Sheldon, Dennis Schweitzer, Eric Goetz, Chad Findley
Talent: Maximillian Davis, Brian Peters, Samonte Cruz
Composer: Eric Goetz
Post Audio: Brendan Hogan
Writers: Basil Shadid, billie rain, Maximillion Davis, Brian Peters, Samonte Cruz, Qwo-Li Driskill
Humor Me is a 9-minute documentary short that briefly interviews three sex-workers about a funny and humanizing moment from the job.
Director: billie rain
• Let’s Do It! A Night of Sex Worker Made Media – Seattle – March 2010
• 7th Annual Sex Worker Film Festival – San Francisco – May 2011
To Be A Heart is a 7-minute short experimental film that takes a playful look at gender from a uniquely Middle Eastern perspective. Using the poetry of Hafiz, To Be A Heart explores what it means to be a heart.
The original poem, titled “How does it feel to be a heart?” was written by Hafiz and translated by Daniel Ladinsky in the book, I Think I Heard God Laughing.
Director: Billie Rain, Basil Shadid
Cast: Billie, Basil, Collin, Ponyboy