Donnie goes down (South) and more

Jim Farmer (Executive Director) and Board Chair (also Jim’s hubby) Craig Hardesty

What may be the last film festival (in the US anyway) took Donnie to Atlanta for OUT ON FILM









Two friends who used to live in Richmond (see below) came to share the experience, plus a former RVA couple who moved to Atlanta showed up to share the memories.

Me and my hubby with former Richmonders Allan Webster and Greg Grantham.


“gloriously profane and wonderfully engaging”

While we were there, I got another great review from DAILY FILM FIX (7/10).
Click here to read it.

I also spent almost an hour chatting with Neal Jones for his website INSIDE YOUR HEAD.

Click here to listen.



Meanwhile, Dirtwoman made her first visit to South Africa (unaccompanied by me) at the Durban Gay & Lesbian Film Festival on September 28.

Hot in Palm Springs, literally!

We endured the 100+ degree days to expose Dirtwoman to his first LGBTQ festival:

Cinema Diverse in Palm Springs.

With Festival Director Michael C. Green (wearing a Dirtwoman bottle cap necklace)

Q&A with Charles Drabkin

Friends Will Congdon (former Richmonder), Mark Reed (current Richmonder and my hubby), me, Bill Nicholson (former Richmonder), Lindell Campbell, Tom Guthrie (former Richmonder), Mohammed Samir

While on the West Coast, I recorded this podcast:


Click here to hear my chat with Mike Kaspar



It’s off to Atlanta for OUT ON FILM. If you’ve got friends in Georgia, let ’em know it’s playing 11am, Saturday, 9/28 at Midtown Art Cinema.

A “Threatening” review & a rhino in pumps!

Film Threat was THE magazine for indie films from 1985 to 1996, when it became the go-to website for movie buffs.

Bobby Lepire’s review was just published and he rated it 8/10!

Click here to read it



In festival news, Spider Mites was accepted in the Durban Gay & Lesbian Film Festival in South Africa!

The first international showing for Dirtwoman.

Click here to read about the festival.


I won’t be traveling to Africa, but head out next week to expose Dirtwoman to Palm Springs and Atlanta! (Click on the links to read more about the festivals and share with your friends in these cities)

Dirtwoman’s getting double gay!

In September, we’ll be spreading Spider Mites’ big gay love on both coasts!


First stop is CINEMA DIVERSE, the Palm Springs LGBTQ Film Festival on Saturday, 9/21. I’ll be in Palm Spring for the screening and a big afterparty! If you have any friends there, let ’em know (or even if they live in LA…it’s not that far).

(Click here for tickets)

The following Saturday, I’ll be exposing Atlanta to a Southern queen that’ll rival any there. The screening is 9/28 at OUT ON FILM. If you got friends in Georgia, this is their chance.

(Click here for tickets)

Meanwhile, in addition to the great coverage the movie got from Richmond press before the April premiere, RVA Magazine just published this extensive, wonderful article about Donnie and the doc.

(Click here to read it)


The festival circuit will come to a close in November (a year after the 1st show in Charlottesville). Then, I plan to play a limited run in Richmond, while ramping up a streaming outlet and DVD options.

San Francisco and more!

My trip to the SF DocFest (aka 18th Annual San Francisco Documentary Film Festival) gave me a chance to share Dirtwoman with folks on the West Coast. Judging from the enthusiastic response and lively Q&A, this audience heartily embraced Donnie.

That’s me with Meghan Ryan for the Q&A

Joining the crowd was former RVA promoter Barry “Mad Dog” Gottlieb (he’s also interviewed in the doc). Longtime friend Mark Neerman (formerly the News Director of CBS-6 and now holding that job in SF) also came to enjoy the show.

New friend Douglass Bondick with Mark Neerman, my hubby Mark Reed and Mad Dog.


In other news, I’ve teamed up with indie cinema vet Ryan Bruce Levey to help me with the doc going forward. He’ll be consulting on strategies for publicity, promotion, film festivals and distribution. He’s also been generating new reviews. Here are links to several of them.

“I feel like I need to have my brain hosed down”

“a hybrid of uplifting defiance and deeply unsettling tragedy done with earnestness and love”

“a pleasant reminder that it takes all sorts to make a world, and without the outcasts and weirdos, proceedings on this plane would be a damn sight more tedious. R.I.P., Donnie.”

Click here to read the full review

“both interesting and fascinating”

“we also feel the love the filmmaker has for him”

Click here to read the full review

“makes sure that viewers get an eyeful or two as they get to know the Dirtwoman of Richmond”

“a fascinating exercise in style and in documentary filmmaking”

Click here to read the full review

“Jerry Williams uncorks a doozy”

Click here to read the full review

 “one of the must-see movies of this year’s Florida Film Festival.”

Alas, it came out after that festival was over!

Click here to read the full review


Off the Richter Scale DIRTQUAKE to hit San Francisco!

They’ll be asking, “Who crapped in my Rice-A-Roni?,” when Donnie does the Castro!

The next appearance of SPIDER MITES OF JESUS: THE DIRTWOMAN DOCUMENTARY will be in San Francisco at DocFest: the SF Documentary Festival. The show will be on Sunday, June 2 at the very cool Roxie Theatre. Tell your West Coast friends to get ready!

As many Dirtwoman fans discovered, the Hometown Premiere was a rousing success! People lined up around the block to fill the Byrd Theatre and give Donnie an enthusiastic welcome back home.

Click here to watch the story from Mark Holmberg for CBS-6.

Photo by Alex Martin.

Big Fun in Florida

I returned to my home state April 13-20 for the Florida Film Festival. The audiences at both showings embraced the film and Dirtwoman, which is especially gratifying since Orlando’s not Donnie’s stomping ground.

Tim Anderson (Programming Coordinator and big fan of the film, me, Kalen Rice (House Manager at Enzian), Matthew Curtis (Programming Director)

Q&A with Josh Martin


Two students (Carly and Dakota) in a Film Marketing and Distribution class at Central Florida University were assigned to be my advance publicity team. Here’s the exit interview video they created after the first show.

They also organized a drag show to cap off the second showing featuring Annie Mae, Draggedy Anne and Waka Shame. Click here for highlights.

I also participated in a panel of filmmakers

Matthew Moyer of Orlando Weekly gave me my first review:

TOMORROW NITE is the Hometown Premiere (and we don’t expect another showing in RVA til November)!

If you haven’t gotten tix yet, click here.

Here’s what Dirtwoman Week looked like

Dirtwoman week was loads of fun!

The First Friday opening at Gallery 5 featured lots of Donnie portraits (quite a few sold). The gallery is open every Wednesday evening from 5 to midnite for Community Game Night (with happy hour 5-7). There will be board games to play and the artwork on display. It will also be open during the weekend after the premiere.


Tammy Harris, Debra & Ray Corker

Sunday night, Mamma Zu hosted a special fundraiser dinner for Massey Cancer Center with an enormous meal (so many courses), Dirtwoman necklaces and tickets to RIFF as prizes, and the unveiling of the Dirtwoman Memorial Plaque out front. Thanks to owner Ed Vasaio for his generosity and fabulous food.

The bottle cap necklaces (and carabiner) created by Christine Offutt.



It’s off to Orlando to show the doc at the Florida Film Festival, then back here for the Hometown Premiere, as part of RIFFYou can order your tix in advance here or they will be on sale at the Box Office before the screening on April 25, 7:15pm. I’d suggest you get there early…there will be a line.

The publicity starts with the Mayor

It’s no joke! On April 1, Mayor Stoney issued the proclamation declaring the first week of April as Dirtwoman Week. Not only does this honor Donnie, but it’s a great kickoff for our month of celebration. Click here to read the Proclamation text

Click on any of these logos to read/hear any of the articles that have already surfaced.


Click here for tickets to the Mamma Zu dinner.

Click here for tickets to the April 25 screening.
Click here to read more about the Gallery 5 opening.