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February 14, 2018 Comments Off on A Deliciously Non-Binary Video Valentine From Betty Wetter, Stephan Anunson and de Fontaine Views: 452 *Dragolicious, *Seattle Cinemaland, *Seattle Musicland, *SGS Recommends, *The Strangeways Report, Arts & Entertainment, Arts News, Drag, Drag O'Tainment, Fashion and Design, Gay 101, Music You Should Know, Non-Binary, Performance Art, Puppets, Queer Arts, Queer Film, Queer Music, Seattle Drag, Seattle Transgender Scene, Trans* Arts & Entertainment, Video Fun Land, Videos

A Deliciously Non-Binary Video Valentine From Betty Wetter, Stephan Anunson and de Fontaine

Delicious puppet work/design from

Delicious puppet work/design from Javier Ortega in the video FIRST KISS AT THE SKATING RINK by Stephen Anunson featuring the music of de Fontaine

Sooooooo, local film maker Stephen Anunson poked me a couple weeks back about helping promote a little video project he was working on and since I lurve promoting video/film projects, I agreed and the result is today’s world premiere of FIRST KISS AT THE SKATING RINK,  a sweet little valentine about a budding romance between two adorable characters of the non-binary persuasion tentatively exploring love (on roller skates) and featuring a lovely song by an electro pop band from North Carolina and all set on a very fantastical version of Seattle.

My reactions and thoughts to the video:

  • It’s dreamy and delicious.
  • I love the song itself, a very fun poppy, kinda reminiscent of Beth Ditto/Gossip-y romantic dreamscape by the group “de Fontaine”.
  • I j’adore Stephen’s sweet video which charmingly features the best parts of Seattle in its moony loony landscape.
  • And, the star of the piece, local emerging drag diva Betty Wetter is a winning charmer with a great look/fashion sense all aided by delicious design work by Michael Notestine (costumes) and Javier Ortega (scenic/props/puppets) and the lovely photography work by Alex Lenzi.
Betty Wetter in

Betty Wetter in FIRST KISS AT THE SKATING RINK

Stephen sent over the video this morning with this info attached:

Seattle’s Queen of Wet Dreams, Betty Wetter skates for you heart through a delusional landscape set to the haunting new song, First Kiss at the Skating Rink by North Carolina’s electro pop mystery band, de Fontaine. Directed by local filmmaker Stephen Anunson. 
Happy Valentine’s Day!
 
please link to: Betty Wetterde Fontaine and Stephen Anunson on Facebook
The kissy climax of FIRST KISS AT THE SKATING RINK

The kissy climax of FIRST KISS AT THE SKATING RINK

So, I had some questions:
  • Who is de Fontaine ?
  • How did this all come together? The mash up of de Fontaine, Betty Wetter and Stephen Anunson?
  • This is a very non-binary piece of video…whose idea was that? Who came up with the story of the video?
And, Stephan responded:

Oh right!

de Fontaine is a band /a duo from North Carolina where Betty Wetter grew up. They are close friends. The band is releasing a mix tape and a video for each song. The band is an offshoot of another group called Henbrain.
I’ve been a fan of Betty Wetter for a while and became friends with Betty while he was a barista at Fuel. He had seen some of my work and approached me about doing a video / collaboration.  
A lot came together organically. Erin (the love interest) in the film is one of Betty’s best friends and they’ve played the “love of betty” in his other work as well. In Betty’s one woman show “It Gets Wetter”  they fall in love on stage. The idea to include them was an extension of that relationship. 
The story was developed by Betty and I meeting and talking about ideas of love/ obsession / and fan interaction. It started with the concept of skating around Seattle and then we just added more layers of fantasy and obsession from there. 
Check out the lusciousness of First Kiss at the Skating Rink by de Fontaine, Stephan Anunson and Betty Wetter

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