About the Filmmaker

artwork by Tricia Amato artwork by Tricia Amato

Beverly Seckinger grew up in Laramie, Wyoming, and graduated from the University of Wyoming in 1981.

An independent producer based in Tucson, Arizona, she is Professor and Interim Director of the School of Media Arts at the University of Arizona, where she teaches courses in media production, documentary studies, and LGBT Studies.

Seckinger is also a founding member of the university's Institute (formerly Committee) for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Studies, and since 1993 has served as director of the annual Lesbian Looks Film & Video Series. Before joining the Media Arts faculty in 1991, she worked as a freelance producer in Philadelphia, and spent four years in Morocco, first as a Peace Corps Volunteer, and later as a literacy researcher.

Seckinger's previous videotapes include Mommie Queerest, a comic short about mother/daughter conflicts over gender socialization; Bottoms Up and Alice Unplugged, experimental satires on lesbian life in the 90's, both co-directed with Joyan Saunders; Planet in My Pocket, a critique of consumer multiculturalism; and Letter From Morocco, a personal documentary about neo-colonial relations.

Her work has been screened at international festivals in the US, Europe, Canada, Australia and Latin America. Seckinger was the recipient of a Media Arts Fellowship for 2002 from the Arizona Commission on the Arts.

She is currently in production on Hippie Family Values, a feature-length documentary that explores the historical and contemporary hippie counterculture of the southwest. The project is supported by an Artist Project Grant from the Arizona Commission on the Arts, and a Research Fellowship from the Hanson Film Institute.

Seckinger is also a musician, who plays bass and guitar in the Tucson-based Wayback Machine.

Beverly Seckinger Boondocks April 2008