ABOUT THE FILM
Camp Beaverton: Meet the Beavers is a documentary film by Ana Grillo and Beth Nelsen, aka Ana Mission and Agent Nelsen. Camp Beaverton is the only all women, trans-inclusive sex positive camp at Burning Man to date. Burning Man is a radical arts festival held for 8 days in a desert in northern Nevada, USA. It creates a temporary city, called Black Rock City, that is home to almost 60,000 Burners from around the world.
Pam Grady of FRAMELINE37 ABOUT OUR FILM: Every fall, a city of 50,000 arises in Nevada’s isolated Black Rock Desert as Burning Man gets underway: eight days of a revolutionary social experiment in art, community, and self-expression. Ana Grillo and Beth Nelsen travel to the playa on a quest to delve deep into a subset of this radical population, the Beavers of Camp Beaverton—lesbian, bisexual, trans, genderqueer and beyond, who come together to commune and play. While Grillo is a Burning Man veteran, Nelsen is a Black Rock City virgin, and it is through her eyes that Camp Beaverton comes into focus as a place that puts the “wild” in this contemporary wild west with its notorious Strap-on-a-Thon sex-play party and its sex-ed tutorials open to both women and men. At the same time, the camp provides a safe and secure oasis for women to explore their sexuality or simply chill. This amiable documentary focuses on personalities rather than events, as Grillo and Nelsen explore what attracts women to Camp Beaverton in the first place: an open, supportive, and ever-growing sisterhood that just happens to be one of the biggest sexual playpens in the world.
This unique film is accepted into several film festivals already: San Francisco International LGBT Festival "Frameline" Film Festival; Rome's Gender DocuFilm Fest ; Vancouver Queer Film Festival ; Rio Festival Gay de Cinema; with more to come.
WHY WE NEED YOUR HELP
The film has been mostly self funded with estimated costs of over $32,000, which is low budget in the world of filmmaking. Supporting Beth & Ana will not only help spread an important story of empowered women and transgendered, but also increase the shockingly low percentage of women filmmakers in the USA. Did you know that only 5-6% of filmmakers are women in Hollywood? Your contribution can help create needed change, increase that percentage and introduce these pioneer women to the world.
ABOUT THE FILMMAKERS
BETH NELSEN, aka Agent Nelsen, is an independent documentary filmmaker who has worked in pre, production, and post since 1995 and discovered her love of documentary while undertaking an internship with Lee Grant’s company, Feury Grant Entertainment in New York City in 2001. With an itch to see the world, Beth left the US in 2004 to travel Thailand, India, and eventually landed in Melbourne, Australia, where she earned her Master of Arts in Film & Television, focusing on Directing Documentary, from the prestigious Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) at the University of Melbourne. Upon graduation in 2007, Beth earned Most Promising Director for her thesis project, LOVE REFUGEES, a half-hour documentary on same-sex bi-national couples. After 6 years of living and working in documentary film, Beth returned to the US to be closer to her family, work on local projects, and she currently serves as the Technological Elder for the Suscol Intertribal Council in the Napa Valley and has this year made two films for the Native American community. Her most recent short documentary, PIPPA, recently played in New York and Los Angeles as part of the Reel Recovery Film Festival.
ANA GRILLO, aka Ana Mission, is an independent filmmaker, cinematographer and award winning photographer, who calls San Francisco home. She began her career specializing in documentary photography. Having won a spot in the prestigious Eddie Adams Workshop in 1997, she received awards for Best Portfolio and Best Documentary Project, for a photo essay about one woman’s recovery from breast cancer. That same year, Ana started freelancing for The New York Times. As her career grew, she moved into editorial, advertising and non-profit photography, and has been published both nationally and internationally. Ana has been documenting film festivals since 2007. In 2009, Ana moved to San Francisco with the goal to become a filmmaker herself and to immerse herself in the rich yoga culture here. While she has worked on several award winning films as a cinematographer, she is honored to premiere her first feature documentary film, "Meet the Beavers," at Frameline LGBTQ film festival, where she is also the festival photographer. Ana <3s Frameline.
WHAT WE NEED & WHAT YOU GET
Firstly, we need finishing funds. These pay for color mastering, sound mixing, digital transfers, HDCAMs, DVDs, graphic design, marketing materials, festival submission fees and travel expenses, to name a few.
We need marketing materials such as movie posters, post cards and I LOVE BEAVER stickers, Tshirts, I LOVE BEAVER buttons.
We also need travel expenses to travel with our film to festivals and promote. Rome, Rio and Vancouver have already invited us and many others will follow.
What you'll get most importantly is our infinite gratitude and a chance to help make our dreams come true. You'll become a member of our team of Secret Agent Beaver Lovers, who are supporting us all over the world. You will help spread the message that women everywhere have a right to be free to express themselves sexually without apologyor shame. Your contribution will help amplify this message by allowing these pioneer women to share their voices in ways almost never heard.
You will also get some very cool perks: Napa Valley Balloon Rides and Wine Tours, all kinds of Beaver shwag like Tshirts, Beaver Love Buttons, Beaver Calendars, a special agent code name, your name credited in our film, Portrait sessions with Ana Mission, Agent Nelsen and Ana Mission coming to your home to clean, then cook YOU dinner while they serve you fine wine in black tie. Those special agents who contribute $5000 or more, will become Producers of our film. Take a look and see which special agent category fits you the best. Any and all of your support is greatly appreciated.
YOU CAN ALSO HELP BY SHARING IT
You can help by sharing it with your friends, shouting us out on facebook, twitter, and other social networks. You can be Special Agent WORD OF MOUTH. There's also Indiegogo SHARE tools that make it super easy. We are so grateful for any support you can give, especially if you've actually read this far down! Thank you and please help support our film so we can bring, MEET THE BEAVERS, to the world.
WE WANT THE WORLD TO MEET THE BEAVERS!