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goodbye gauley mountain: an ecosexual love story

Annie Sprinkle, Beth Stephens | 2013 | O.V. English | United States | 70min | color

Synopsis :

Elizabeth Stephens was born in 1960 in Montgomery, West Virginia, a hub of intensive mining since coal was discovered there in 1742. Raised to believe she’d grow up to marry a miner and keep the local tradition alive, Stephens decided she had to get out. She decamped to San Francisco, becoming a professor, artist and partner (later wife) of Annie Sprinkle, the iconic ex-porn star turned activist and researcher. The two of them are now pillars of the “ecosexual” movement: a crusade whose thousand-odd members worldwide advocate defending the Earth not as a mother but as a lover — and regularly consecrate the union with joyous symbolic weddings to features of the natural landscape. Meanwhile, the destructive practice of mountaintop removal, which uses explosives to create open-pit mines, is ravaging her beloved region, home to the majestic Appalachian Mountains, and threatening the house where she was born. In this lively, heartfelt documentary, shot over a three-year period, Stephens, accompanied by Sprinkle, chronicles her art and activism in a droll, cheeky blend of archives, autobiography and art happenings.