Beth B

ABOUT BETH B

Beth B produced, directed & edited EXPOSED.  She also shot much of the film, and, with composer Jim Coleman, wrote several of the musical numbers.

Beth B exploded onto the New York underground scene in the late ‘70s, after receiving her BFA from the School of Visual Arts in 1977, creating installation art works and directing Super-8 films. Controversial and political in approach and content, these breakthrough films, such as Black Box, Vortex, and The Offenders, were shown at Max’s Kansas City, CBGB’s and the Film Forum. These and more recent films have also been shown at, and acquired by, the Whitney Museum and MoMA. Her early films, along with those of Jim Jarmusch and Amos Poe, are the focus of a new documentary, Blank City. Her films and artwork have been the subjects of several books and other documentaries, including The Cinema of Transgression; Art, Performance, Media; and No Wave: Underground 80. Beth B’s career has been characterized by work that challenges society’s conventions, and that focuses on recasting and redefining images of the female and male mind and body.

Her first 35mm film, Salvation! (1987), a sharp-edged social satire starring Viggo Mortensen and Exene Cervenka, prefigured pop culture's fascination with tele-evangelism. It premiered at the Berlin Film Festival and played theatrically worldwide. In 1988, her screenplay Life in Luxury was selected for the Sundance Screenwriter's Lab. Two Small Bodies (1994), based on Neal Bell’s play and starring Fred Ward and Suzy Amis, was featured at the Locarno, Toronto and Sundance Film Festivals.

Beginning in 2001, Beth B began a new phase of her career, making television documentaries and docudramas, which she continues to do. Titles include Positive ID: The Case Files of Anthony Falsetti; Death of a Rising Star; Crimes Scenes Uncovered; and An Unlikely Terrorist.

Her films have been the subject of retrospectives at London’s National Film Theater; the Montreal Film Festival; Lisbon’s Nucleo Dos Cineastas Independentes; and the Danish Film Institute.  She has also served on the competition juries at the Sundance and Toronto Film Festivals. Critics at the New York Times, Village Voice and other outlets have praised her work as "compelling,” ”captivating,” “extraordinary,” “a tour de force,” and have written that “her videos are haunting and her feature films brilliant."

Throughout her career, Beth B has continued to make interdisciplinary pieces involving painting, sculpture, photography and media installations.  They have been shown at museums, galleries and public art spaces, including MoMA, the Whitney Biennial, the Tate Gallery, and PPOW Gallery. A series of photographic portraits of vaginas caused a sensation at Deitch Projects, and resulted in publication of a book of her photographs, titled Portraits. Hysteria, an exhibition of her work at the Hayward Gallery in London, dealt with censorship of female sexuality using a combination of video, sculptures and live performance.

In 2007, she began work on EXPOSED, a non-fiction feature about 8 women and men who are using their naked bodies in spectacular and provocative ways to tease and criticize society. The film premieres in the Panorama section at the 2013 Berlin Film Festival.

In addition to her film and art productions, Beth B teaches fine arts at the School of Visual Arts in New York City.

To contact Beth B: bethbprod@gmail.com

To see samples of her other work: www.bethbproductions.com

FILMOGRAPHY

THEATRICAL FILMS

  • 2013         EXPOSED
  • 2000         BREATHE IN/BREATHE OUT
  • 1996         VISITING DESIRE
  • 1994         TWO SMALL BODIES
  • 1997         SALVATION!
  • 1983         VORTEX
  • 1981         THE TRAP DOOR
  • 1979         THE OFFENDERS

 

TELEVISION DOCUMENTARIES

  • 2008         POSITIVE ID: THE CASE FILES OF ANTHONY FALSETTI
  • 2007         FAMILY SECRETS
  • 2007         THE BLACK WIDOWER
  • 2006         PATTERN OF DECEPTION
  • 2005         DEATH OF A RISING STAR
  • 2004         A DAUGHTER’S LOVE
  • 2003         CRIME SCENES UNCOVERED
  • 2002         BADGE OF DISHONOR
  • 2001         AN UNLIKELY TERRORIST

 

SHORT FILMS

  • 2001         HYSTERIA
  • 2000         NERVE.COM, segments
  • 2000         EGG, the Arts Show, segments
  • 2001         AFTEREFFECTS, segments
  • 1997         VOICES UNHEARD
  • 1995         OUT OF SIGHT / OUT OF MIND
  • 1995         HIGH HEEL NIGHTS
  • 1993         AMNESIA
  • 1993         UNDER LOCK AND KEY
  • 1991         STIGMATA
  • 1991         THANATOPSIS
  • 1989         BELLADONNA
  • 1979         BLACK BOX
  • 1979         LETTERS TO DAD
  • 1978         G-MAN

 

MUSIC VIDEOS

  • 1984         Joan Jett, I NEED SOMEONE
  • 1984         Taka Boom, IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT
  • 1983         Dominatrix, THE DOMINATRIX SLEEPS TONIGHT