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Sins Invalid 2009 Performance Available for Rent!

Dual Power has a production team and an artist team. It’s a small but growing group of creatives who are working to produce fantastic projects.

PRODUCTION FAMILY:

basil shadid | owner, pancreatitis producer
Basil was the Post-Coordinator on the Academy Award nominated documentary Iraq In Fragments. He has been working in film since 2003. Based in Seattle, information pills Washington, infection Basil works internationally. Previous projects have taken him through Asia, the Middle East, Europe, North America and South America. He has also traveled thousands of miles on freight trains throughout the US. His Masters in Mental Health Counseling, background in popular education, yearning for adventure, and years of experience in production give him a unique perspective on story.

billie rain | owner, producer, director
billie is a disabled writer, activist and filmmaker. years of chronic illness and a rare tumor condition have given hir an amazing sense of groundedness, connection and self-advocacy that fuel hir passion to bring truth, in all it’s pain and glory, to audiences everywhere. billie is the author of fix this mess and  screenwriter’s toolkit. billie is the director of heart breaks open, R/EVOLVE, and Love Like A Heart Attack.

ponyboy | owner, producer
Ponyboy is a queer mixed-race, mixed-gendered artist, artist, musician, activist & writer living in Seattle who has worked with arts- & youth-focused organizations for more than 10 years. S/he is currently on staff at The Vera Project, is co-executive producer at Dual Power Productions, was an advisor/staff member of every HomoAGoGo (a national queer arts & music festival), is on the advisory team for Queer Youth Space & Reteaching Gender & Sexuality, & plays music as often as possible given a busy schedule. Ponyboy is a believer in social justice & radical politics, has a deep love of photography, speaks French, & is an (ex-)Midwesterner who likes to spout lots of facts about Ohio.

ASSOCIATE ARTISTS:

susan abod | director
Dual Power Projects:  Director of ‘Homesick‘; Director of ‘Funny, You Don’t Look Sick
Before she became ill, Susan was a professional singer, songwriter, recording artist, teacher and performer. Susan has been documenting CFIDS and MCS for close to two decades. Her first film, Funny, You Don’t Look Sick: An Autobiography of an Illness painted an intimate portrait of her struggle to live with these debilitating conditions. Funny You Don’t Look Sick premiered at the Museum of Fine Arts in 1995, and was a Merit Award winner at the 2005 SUPERFEST International Disability Film Festival. It has been screened internationally and can be found in doctor’s and lawyer’s offices, university and public libraries, medical classrooms, centers for independent living, support groups and in peoples’ homes all over the world.

alex berry | director
Dual Power Projects: Director of ‘Drag Becomes Him
Alex Berry is a filmmaker living in Seattle. In addition to the original Drag Becomes Him web mini-series, Berry has made several music videos, as well as online commercials for local companies, fashion designers, and dance clubs. His work, described as “engrossing” and “beautifully filmed,” has also appeared on The Huffington Post, NewNowNext, and City Arts.

maximillian davis | director
Dual Power Projects: Director of ‘drunk.naked.love‘; Lead Actor in ‘Heart Breaks Open‘; Lead Actor in ‘R/EVOLVE
Maximillian Davis is an associate artist with Dual Power Productions. With Davis in the role of ‘Jesus’, the company’s first feature Heart Breaks Open screened in international film festivals in Asia, Europe, Africa, and North America and was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the Los Angeles Asian American Film Festival. His second feature-length collaboration with the company was as ‘Lincoln’ in the film R/Evolve. The film received international recognition playing festivals on four continents, and received a nomination for best narrative feature at the KASHISH Mumbai Queer Film Festival. He has also served as a director and producer on the company’s acclaimed web series Drunk.Naked.Love. Power comes from representation. Max is thrilled to be creating work with a company that uses this tenet as guide when the workday starts.

shann thomas | director
Dual Power Projects: Director of ‘Let Me In‘ by Orbé Orbé
Shann Thomas is a filmmaker, multimedia artist and educator born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. Shann has a passion for making filmmaking more inclusive, joyful, full of humor and emoticons.  Let Me In is her directorial debut.

sins invalid | artists collective
Dual Power Projects: Creator of ‘Sins Invalid’ Performances
Sins Invalid is a disability justice based performance project that incubates and celebrates artists with disabilities, centralizing artists of color and queer and gender-variant artists as communities who have been historically marginalized. Our performance work explores the themes of sexuality, embodiment and the disabled body.

suki valentine | author
Dual Power Projects: Author of ‘My Sister’s Shadow
Suki Valentine is a down-to-earth New Yorker with nothing to hide and a lot to give. Even when traveling far and wide, she wants the world to know that her heart belongs to New Jersey. My Sister’s Shadow is her first book.
Sins09Click here to watch the 2009 Sins Invalid Performance online. 

Sins Invalid is a disability justice based performance project that incubates and celebrates artists with disabilities, cialis centralizing artists of color and queer and gender-variant artists as communities who have been historically marginalized. Our performance work explores the themes of sexuality, embodiment and the disabled body.

Conceived and led by disabled people of color, we develop and present cutting-edge work where paradigms of “normal” and “sexy” are challenged, offering instead a vision of beauty and sexuality inclusive of all individuals and communities. We define disability broadly to include people with physical impairments, people who belong to a sensory minority, people with emotional disabilities, people with cognitive challenges, and those with chronic/severe illness. We understand the experience of disability to occur within any and all walks of life, with deeply felt connections to all communities impacted by the medicalization of their bodies, including trans, gender variant and intersex people, and others whose bodies do not conform to our culture(s)’ notions of “normal” or “functional.”

Watch our 2009 Annual Performance as we welcome you to our queendom/ kingdom/ queerdom /multi-bodied universe…

Artists include:

  • PATRICIA BERNE
  • JOHN BENSON
  • RALPH DICKINSON
  • MAT FRASER
  • TODD HERMAN
  • ANTOINE-DEVINCI HUNTER
  • LEAH LAKSHMI PIEPZNA-SAMARASINHA
  • NOMY LAMM
  • LEROY F. MOORE JR.
  • AURORA LEVINS MORALES
  • CARA PAGE
  • MARIA R. PALACIOS
  • seeley quest

Click here to watch the 2009 Sins Invalid Performance online. 

Learn more: sinsinvalid.org

Watch: Homesick Documentary Trailer!

Check out the new trailer for Homesick, store a documentary that we’ve produced about Multiple Chemical Sensitivities. Homesick was originally filmed in 1995. Director Susan Abod was so sick that she couldn’t finish the film. In 2011, we came on board to help. We’re excited to bring Homesick to you on September 15, 2013. We’re finding that Homesick is increasingly more relevant each year as more and more people get Multiple Chemical Sensitivities.

Watch Suki reads from 'My Sister's Shadow'

Suki Valentine reads from her debut novel “My Sister’s Shadow” at BlueStockings Bookstore in NYC on August 22, viagra here 2013. This video was filmed by Pat Moonblood.

A Coming-Of-Age Story of Travel, pathopsychology Magic and Healing in the Aftermath of Loss and Trauma

My Sister’s Shadow is a tale of travel, love, loss and magic. 19 year old Freesia, a goth feminist poet, grapples with her relationship to others and to herself in the wake of her sister’s suicide.

Author Suki Valentine is a writer, activist, artist and long-time rabble-rouser. Bronx-born Suki Valentine has nothing to hide and a lot to give. This is her first book.

My Sister’s Shadow has been published by Dual Power Press. Dual Power is an entertainment company in Seattle, Washington. We produce media that promotes understanding, critical thinking, personal development and social change. Our work can be serious, fun, thought-provoking, educational or absurd. We use a multi-faceted transmedia approach to getting the message out.

What’s the message? In the words of Alice Walker, “Surely the earth can be saved by all the people who insist on love.” In the words of Utah Phillips, “You’ve got to mess with people!”

Find Out More / Purchase The Book:
http://dualpowerproductions.com/my-sisters-shadow/

Watch Now: Funny, You Don't Look Sick

We’re excited to present Susan Abod’s first film about living with Multiple Chemical Sensitivities, nurse “Funny, diagnosis You Don’t Look Sick.” You can now watch it through Video On Demand. It’s also coming soon to DVD through Dual Power Productions.

Funny, migraine You Don’t Look Sick: An Autobiography of an Illness
Produced, Written and Directed by Susan Abod and Lisa Pontoppidan,
1995. Color, 64 mins.

2005 Merit Award Winner
Superfest International Disability Film Festival

This intimate documentary self-portrait is told with humor and compassion. Susan Abod is a woman living with Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction Syndrome (CFIDS) and Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (MCS). Filmed over a period of 18 months in 1994-95, Susan describes in detail the nature of her illness, illustrates her daily routine, and gives us a guided tour of her environmentally “safe” apartment. Comments from Susan’s numerous doctors and a visit with her support group offer further insights in this illuminating, firsthand report on a baffling, twenty-first century disease.

susan abod | director
Before she became ill, Susan was a professional singer, songwriter, recording artist, teacher and performer. Susan has been documenting CFIDS and MCS for close to two decades. Funny, You Don’t Look Sick: An Autobiography of an Illness paints an intimate portrait of her struggle to live with these debilitating conditions. Funny You Don’t Look Sick premiered at the Museum of Fine Arts in 1995, and was a Merit Award winner at the 2005 SUPERFEST International Disability Film Festival. It has been screened internationally and can be found in doctor’s and lawyer’s offices, university and public libraries, medical classrooms, centers for independent living, support groups and in peoples’ homes all over the world.

Thanks for watching the Sins Invalid 2009 Performance

Humor Me and BED: A Place Called Home will be screening on Wednesday, thumb June 27 at Gallery 1412 in Seattle as part of The Sissy Collective‘s Short Film For Funds event.

Humor Me

Humor Me is a 9-minute documentary short that briefly interviews three sex-workers about a funny and humanizing moment from the job.

BED: A Place Called Home

Billie’s estrogen grows dense tumors in the soft tissues of her body. Her body is filled with tumors that, rx on days, buy information pills like this, make bed a place called home.

About The Sissy Collective (from their website):

We exist for sissies, nerds, geeks, outcasts, wimps, weaklings, survivors, gender deviants, People of Color, queer folks, trans folks, and anyone who has ever felt on the outside or oppressed in their ability to share their art.

We want to create intentional space for people in the arts through regular events in a variety of mediums. We’re working towards creating community that centralizes the marginalized.

We hold ourselves accountable to continually grow, change and evolve in our goals, events, and community building.

Thanks for watching the 2nd year of our pay-per-view webstreaming of our 2009 performances! From August 5th – 11th, viagra
we hosted a successful online viewing our 2009 performance.

The 2009 performance features the artistic works of Aurora Levins Morales, stuff
Mat Fraser, Cara Page, Nomy Lamm, Leroy Moore, seeley quest, Maria Palacios, Antoine Hunter, Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, John Benson, Todd Herman, Ralph Dickinson and Patty Berne.

Heart Breaks Open Free Online Screening!

Homesick completed a successful IndieGoGo campaign and has raised enough money for the next step in our journey to completion. We’re very excited to bring this project to an audience.
Heart Breaks Open premiered in April 2011 at the BFI London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival. It has been to four continents, ailment
having 20 screenings the world over. Heart Breaks Open is now available on Video On Demand and DVD.

The DVD is full of Special Features, physician
including deleted scenes, web
making-of featurettes, music and poetry from the film, audition clips, teasers & trailers, commentary and much more.

You can purchase the DVD through TLAgay.com, or rent the film here:


On World AIDS Day, doctor
Heart Breaks Open had a free online screening sponsored by Fierce Bodies. Thanks to everyone who watched and made the event a huge success.

A model queer activist, plague
poet and community advocate, neurologist
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.

“Bursting with the raw energy of an almost cinema-verite-like feel and gorgeous poetic narration, HEART BREAKS OPEN is a stunningly moving film.”
Scott Cranin (Dorothy’s Closet)

“HEART BREAKS OPEN is a triumph for the LGBT community as it combines prevailing elements of responsibility, intervention, accountability and heartbreak with an underlying but indubitable message of love.”
Dara Kim (LAAPFF)

Heart Breaks Open is available everywhere!

Homesick completed a successful IndieGoGo campaign and has raised enough money for the next step in our journey to completion. We’re very excited to bring this project to an audience.
Heart Breaks Open premiered in April 2011 at the BFI London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival. It has been to four continents, ailment
having 20 screenings the world over. Heart Breaks Open is now available on Video On Demand and DVD.

The DVD is full of Special Features, physician
including deleted scenes, web
making-of featurettes, music and poetry from the film, audition clips, teasers & trailers, commentary and much more.

You can purchase the DVD through TLAgay.com, or rent the film here:

Sins Invalid VOD – August 6 to 12

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The Sins Invalid Video On Demand Performance came to Dual Power Productions from August 6 to 12, doctor 2011.

Hey crips, queers, artists, activists, allies, kinksters, kids, and creatures!

As part of our work as interns at Sins Invalid in stunningly wheelchair accessible Berkeley, California, my colleague Allegra and I are helping to launch a new web streaming series of Sins Invalid’s Annual shows. The pilot will be launched on the week of August 6th and will remain online until August 12th. Depending on the success of this venture we do plan to continue the series through the fall and winter!

As you may have seen on www.sinsinvalid.org, our website has a wealth of clips from various Sins Invalid performances. However, this impression of Sins as a sort of cabaret is inaccurate, and we want to bring the full arc of the Sins shows to you, starting with the year 2008. We know that you may have been unable to attend shows in the past, and as a wheelchair user I know how inconvenient and painful traveling can be. This is why we’re taking action and getting Sins to you. This is about getting communities together and celebrating the work of Sins Invalid over the years!

Every piece speaks to and touches the last, they writhe and complicate and bless and grow in one another’s grasp. The 2008 show explores the territories of spirituality, the sacrifice and the sacred, as these themes play out in our relationships and over the landscapes of our disabled bodies. The performers are asserting the blessing that is the knowledge of one’s sexiness, agency, vulnerability, messiness, grace, and power, and if that’s a sin too, then so be it!

This will be a pay per view, sliding scale donation event of anywhere between $0-$100. We are a fiscally sponsored organization; check out the link to the event page to our sponsor’s website where you can make paypal donations. We are making a suggested donation of $10 but no one will be refused the opportunity to view the show for lack of funds.

And the bonus! There will be a discussion packet sent to any interested parties and a live Q & A with directors Patty Berne and Leroy Moore!

This event comes to you through a partnership with Dual Power Productions and is co-sponsored by Fierce Bodies. We hope you’ll check out their sites and support their work!

To participate in bringing a viewing party to your home or group, email [email protected], Allegra Stout: [email protected], Patty Berne: [email protected]?, or myself, Beast Von Fancy: [email protected]!

This is a preliminary event invitation. More details will be released as we create them. Just drop me a line or RSVP to this event to let me know that you’re interested.

Fierce Blessings,
Beast