Episodes
Welcome to Flashback Friday! We're bringing back two great films that we covered at SXSW, because you will be able to see them on the big screen (and we highly recommend that you do) during the Frameline Film Festival in San Francisco (from June 19th -June 29th)!A House Is Not A Disco captures a year in the life of the world's most iconic homo-normative community: Fire Island Pines. Director Brian J. Smith and producer Jeremy Truong share the difficulty of staying focused while you're being o...
Published 06/14/24
We're continuing our celebration of Pride Month by discussing the Frameline Film Festival (the world's oldest and largest LGBTQIA film festival, running June 19th-June 29th) with Executive Director, Allegra Madsen!Allegra is a badass bitch who has been able to marry her love of community building with her love of films as Frameline's newly coined Executive Director. She shares how she ended up in San Francisco, her (sometimes embarrassing) favorite movies growing up, how she was able to creat...
Published 06/12/24
Published 06/12/24
Welcome to Flashback Fridays! We're bringing back two films that you can see on the big screen at this year's Frameline Film Festival in San Francisco (running June 19-29)! We truly loved both of these documentaries that will introduce you to two amazing women that should already be household names.The World According to Allee Willis shares the story of one of the most successful singer/songwriter/artists of our time, Allee Willis, from her strict upbringing to her creative successes (despite...
Published 06/07/24
We're celebrating CAAMFest (Center for Asian American Media) 2024 with two films about young women athletes!Home Court is a documentary that follows Ashley Chea, a basketball prodigy and first generation Cambodian-American, as she navigates recruitment, injury, and generational trauma. We are joined by director Erica Tanamachi and producer Jenn Lee Smith who share their excitement in telling a story about Asian American sport leagues, showing a positive relationship between a player and her c...
Published 06/04/24
We’re on location at the inaugural POC Food and Wine Festival - a celebration of the global majority in food, wine, music and culture! The folks at Make it Mariko, an SF events company led by women of color (with the badass Gina Mariko Rosales at the helm), brought to life a magical multi-day multi-city event that will definitely be the first of many. You’ll hear from cook/speaker/community organizer Chef Reem Assil, Top Chef Season 18 alum Chef Nelson German of alaMar and Sobre Mesa, Stephan...
Published 05/31/24
We're recapping our 800th episode party at the Casements Bar and the SF premiere of Gasoline Rainbow. And then to celebrate the release of the hilarious film Babes, we're giving you our SXSW red carpet chats with director Pamela Adlon, stars Ilana Glazer and Michelle Buteau and writer/producer Josh Rabinowitz.For Gasoline Rainbow screen times click hereFor Babes screen times click hereFollow director/actor Pamela Adlon on IGFollow actor Ilana Glazer on IGFollow actor Michelle Buteau...
Published 05/24/24
Holy shit, we're 800 episodes old! And we couldn't think of a better way to celebrate than with some of our all time favorite guests, Bill and Turner Ross. We met up during the SXSW festival at the Mean-Eyed Cat, one of our favorite bars in Austin, to discuss Gasoline Rainbow, their newest film that your favorite bitches make a brief cameo in!Gasoline Rainbow follows five teenagers from small-town Oregon who, with high school in the rear view, hop in a van and decide to embark on one la...
Published 05/15/24
We're excited to have return guest Jane Schoenbrun with a powerhouse film that they wrote and directed, I Saw The TV Glow. The film is set in the '90s and follows Owen, an awkward teenager whose classmate introduces him to a mysterious late-night tv show, and his new obsession begins to cause cracks in his sense of reality. Jane describes their "egg crack moment", and how important it was to cast queer actors (led by the wonderful duo of Justice Smith and Brigette Lundy-Paine) that we normall...
Published 05/09/24
Welcome to our SFFilm Festival episode! We start with some fun stories from our coverage of the festival, before sharing a great conversation with one of our newest friends/honorary bitch, director Nicholas Ma of the film Mabel.Mabel follows 13 year old Callie, an awkward kid whose one friend, Mabel, is a plant- until her teacher Ms. G introduces her to the world of "plant intelligence". Nicholas shares why he has an obsession with plants, how working on the Mr. Rogers documentary helped...
Published 05/02/24
We have a lot to catch up on in this Basic Bitch, including our behind the scenes stories from the SFFilm Festival, Ange's trip to Mexico, and Erin's thoughts on the Taylor Swift craze. And don't forget we'll be at the POC Food and Wine Fest this weekend (tickets are still available here), and you can join us to celebrate our 800th episode at the premiere of Gasoline Rainbow (the movie that we make a brief cameo in!) at the Roxie on May 17th (buy tickets here).Support the Show.Thanks for list...
Published 05/01/24
This episode brings you an interview and a memorable red carpet experience for a SXSW film that we had so much fun watching! I Don't Understand You is a narrative film that follows an American couple on the verge of adopting a baby as they find themselves stranded in rural Italy without transportation or language skills. And of course, chaos ensues. Our first interview is with producers Jessamine Burgum and Kara Durrett from Pinky Promise Films. We get into starting a production company durin...
Published 04/26/24
This is a special episode because we loved this SXSW documentary so much, we're covering it with two separate interviews!Billy & Molly: An Otter Love Story is a heart-warming film about the love between a man and a wild otter, set in the remote Scottish islands of Shetland. We are first joined by director Charlie Hamilton James and producer Jeff Wilson who share how they met Billy and Molly, the concept behind the incredible cinematography, and why they wanted to make a film that made peo...
Published 04/24/24
We've been wanting Gina Mariko Rosales on the show for a long time, and when you give this episode a listen, you'll see why! She gets into her origin story (born and raised in Daly City), and how working in the corporate world led her to start Make it Mariko, a Bay Area creative events agency led by women of color. Then we dive into the impact that Undiscovered SF has had on the Filipino community in the Bay, and why she was inspired to create the first annual all inclusive POC Food and Wine ...
Published 04/22/24
This episode explores two SXSW Film Festival documentaries that are very dick-heavy (literally and figuratively). A House Is Not A Disco captures a year in the life of the world's most iconic homo-normative community: Fire Island Pines. Director Brian J. Smith and producer Jeremy Truong share the difficulty of staying focused while you're being offered margaritas during filming, how climate change became an important part of the story, and the concept behind "food for bottoms". Dickweed...
Published 04/17/24
In this episode we're discussing two SXSW Film Festival narrative films that center around being lost and searching for something. In We're All Gonna Die, an alien spike has materialized onto the earth's atmosphere, and a struggling beekeeper and a grieving EMT are forced to join forces on a roadtrip after the spike has mysteriously caused the teleportation of his car and her bees. Co-directors/co-writers Freddie Wong and Matthew Arnold join us to discuss their decision to set  the...
Published 04/16/24
In this episode we discuss two beautiful SXSW Film Festival documentaries about processing loss and grief. Songs From The Hole is a documentary/visual album that follows JJ'88, a prisoner struggling with being both a perpetrator and victim of violence, through hip-hop and soul. We are joined by director Contessa Gayles, producer Richie Reseda, and writer/co-producer JJ'88 as they share why this project evolved from an album to a visual album/film, how they joined forces to create this film,...
Published 04/11/24
This episode brings you two SXSW Film Festival documentaries that will introduce you to two amazing women that should already be household names. The World According to Allee Willis shares the story of one of the most successful singer/songwriter/artists of our time, Allee Willis, from her strict upbringing to her creative successes (despite struggling to fit in with sexual and gender norms), and eventually, her path to love. We are joined by director Alexis Spraic, producer Nicholas Coles,...
Published 04/10/24
Today we're bringing you two SXSW films (a documentary and a narrative) that deal with the search for family. She Looks Like Me is a documentary about a baby born without legs who was abandoned by her parents, and finds out that the gymnast she idolized, Dominique Moceanu, is her long lost sister. We were extremely excited to be joined by gold medal gymnast Dominique Moceanu, who shares why she knew it was the right time to make this film, her history of trauma and forgiving her dad, how she...
Published 04/03/24
We're bringing you two documentaries from the SXSW Film Festival that tell stories of sexual assault, a broken justice system, and women finding their voice. An Army of Women follows a group of women in Austin, TX, who join forces to challenge the broken system that allowed their rapists to walk free. Director Julie Lunde Lillesæter and one of the film's subjects, Marina Garrett, join us to share the anger that initially fueled this project, the beautiful community of survivors that lift...
Published 04/03/24
Our SXSW Film Festival coverage is in full swing with two narrative films that deal with lies and finding out the truth. We Strangers follows a commercial cleaner as she tells a lie (that she can speak to the dead) that spirals out of control. We chat with director/writer Anu Valia about how she created the uncomfortable/anxious tone for the film, interweaving themes of race, power, and assimilation, and how she hopes this film sparks a greater conversation afterwards. Birdeater is a...
Published 03/29/24
Y'all,  it's been way too long  since our last official Basic Bitch. Needless to say, we have a lot of catching up to do! We give you our awards season highlights, an awkward story about Ange's trip to Zihuatanejo, Mexico, fundraising for Planned Parenthood Mar Monte, Erin's transformative experience at a Jon Batiste concert, the joy of seeing comedian Frankie Quinones live (and a cautionary tale about how not to act during a comedy show), and highlights from our time in Austin, Texas, for...
Published 03/27/24
We're kicking off our SXSW 2024 coverage with a serious bang! Freaknik: The Wildest Party Never Told (streaming now on Hulu) is a documentary about the epic Atlanta street party (aka the "Black Woodstock") that took place in the 80s and 90s, and put Atlanta on the map as the epicenter of Black culture. This interview has a virtual lineup of heavy hitters, including EP/participant/hip-hop legend Jermaine Dupri, EP/participant/rapper/King of Freak Uncle Luke, EP/director P Frank Williams, and ...
Published 03/25/24
In the fictional film Float (streaming now on Amazon Prime!), a young woman unexpectedly falls in love with the small-town lifeguard who rescued her from drowning. Director Sherren Lee joins us via zoom to share how she adapted the story from a book by Kate Marchant and was able to make it her own, why being an immigrant from Taiwan helped her relate to the theme of belonging, and how a young boy selling pickles on the side of the road became a beloved character in the film. Follow Sherren...
Published 03/21/24
Recorded on our last day in Park City, Utah, we recap the Sundance and Slamdance Film festivals with our co-co-host and honorary bitch, John Wildman. We get into some R rated moments, behind the scenes etiquette (or lack thereof) at red carpets, talking Hall & Oates and Huey Lewis with the CEO of Netflix, and some highlights of our most memorable moments. Check out John Wildman's work at filmsgonewild.com Support the show Thanks for listening and for your support! We couldn't have...
Published 03/20/24