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Black Summers Productions made this 5-minute documentary as part of a collective effort by Bay Area filmmakers to commemorate 30 years of the AIDS pandemic. For more stories, visit The HIV Story Project.
Bradford York
There is a version of the Bradford York mini-documentary with Spanish subtitles. Both versions are on BSP's YouTube channels (see below).
Queer Icon: The Cult of Bette Davis
Premiered in San Francisco at the Roxie Theater on July 2, 2009.
In conjunction with Face to Face Sonoma County AIDS Network, there was a special screening of Queer Icon: The Cult of Bette Davis at the Rialto Cinemas Lakeside in Santa Rosa, California on February 18, 2010. After the screening there was a Q&A with Mike Black, Carole Summers, Michael Guillén, Bernardo Espi, Matthew Kennedy, and Scott O'Brien. The Q&A was moderated by Gary Carnivele of KRCB 91FM radio. A transcript of the Q&A is now available on Michael Guillén's blog The Evening Class.
"Queer Icon is a bona fide treat." RATING: THREE BOXES OF POPCORN.™ Buzzin' Lee Hartgrave
This documentary examines the many aspects of the gay fascination with Bette Davis, featuring film clips of Bette's most iconic moments, juxtaposed with camp burlesques of her by San Francisco actor Matthew Martin and others, including Charles Pierce and Arthur Blake; a profile of Martin highlighting his long identification with Davis; and interviews with fans, entertainers, and gay cultural historians.
"More than simply a lovefest, Queer Icon questions whether gays still need a role model like the fabulous Miss D."
Michael Fox
Buy Queer Icon: The Cult of Bette Davis on DVD directly from BSP for only $15.

Queer Icon DVD is also available through for $19.99.
Cassandra's Echo
Black Summers Productions' first movie was Cassandra's Echo, which premiered at the 2006 FAIF International Film Festival in Hollywood, California on October 10, 2006.
Visit Black Summers Productions' YouTube channels to see more videos.
If you would like to help finance Black Summers' next movie, A Cold Reading, you can make a donation through PayPal. Unfortunately, donations are NOT tax deductible.
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Blood Moon Productions
The Evening Class
Footsteps In The Fog
Matthew Kennedy
Scott O'Brien
Reel SF
Ed Sikov
Anthony Slide
Turner Classic Movies
CIS - Fair Use Project
Creative Cow
Digital Copycat
Renaissance Stone
Mill Valley Film Group
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Black Summers Productions continues to work on getting the funds together to make our third feature-length film
A Cold Reading.
Copyright © 2012 Black Summers Productions, LLC
A Cold Reading is a dark comedy set in San Francisco. Please visit the A Cold Reading page for all the details.
This is the "begging" video we posted on Kickstarter. We imagined ourselves going door to door asking people to contribute money so we could make a movie and wondered what would happen if we went to the wrong door. The film clips are from Alfred Hitchcock's 1934 version of The Man Who Knew Too Much, which is in the public domain.
Matthew Martin
Photo by Carole Summers
Below is a very brief glimpse of these brilliant actors at work.
If you would like to help finance A Cold Reading you can make a donation through PayPal. Unfortunately, donations are NOT tax deductible but you will receive a "Special Thanks"screen credit.
Now Available as a FREE Download via MediaFire (3.43GB .mp4 file) for viewing offline
If you enjoyed Blanche DuBois In Purgatory please consider making a donation. No amount too small or too large.
A Comedy Somewhere Between Life and Death
You can view the entire 56-minute performance on YouTube
On September 6 and 7, 2014, three consummate professionals, Seton Brown, Matthew Martin and Nancy French, went into the empty Southside Theater at Fort Mason in San Francisco and performed this original one-act play in real time for the cameras. At the top of their stagecraft and working beautifully together, the trio pulled off a small miracle given the ridiculously tight schedule and production constraints of this extremely low-budget experiment, delivering three marvelously vivid characterizations more than worthy of attention. In spite of all the technical challenges, the artistry of these gifted actors is very much on display here and very much something to be celebrated.
(You can also download a PDF of the Blanche DuBois In Purgatory script from MediaFire.)
M. Black's 14-minute meditation on Alfred Hitchcock’s use of a subjective camera angle in one specific context: Depicted on screen is a character in motion looking at something off screen. A moving camera then captures the object of attention, simulating the shifting perspective of the moving observer.
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A new documentary

An Isolated Incident"
San Francisco's Ongoing Failure To Control Dogs

National Pit Bull Victim Awareness