(A)sexual follows the growth of a community that experiences no sexual attraction. In 2000, David Jay came out to his parents. He was asexual and was fine with it. And he was not alone. Studies show that 1% of the population is asexual. But in a society obsessed with sex, how do you deal with life as an outsider? Combining intimate interviews, vérité footage, and animation with fearless humor and pop culture imagery, David and our four other characters grapple with this universal question, and the outcomes might surprise you.
Angela Tucker – Director
A Brooklyn based filmmaker and writer, Angela Tucker was the Director of Production at Big Mouth Films, a social issue documentary production company that is a project of Arts Engine, Inc. There, she produced Pushing the Elephant (IDFA, Independent Lens), the Emmy-nominated documentary, Deadline (NBC), Election Day (PBS’ POV) and Beyond the Steps: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (Great Performances). She directed two pieces for The National Black Programming Consortium and ITVS’ Initiative, The Masculinity Project, entitled Invisible Men and a fiction short film, The Birthday Girl. She directs and produces educational videos for non-profit organizations such as Johns Hopkins Medical Center’s Project Restore and GLSEN, in addition to producing spots for Nickelodeon. She received her MFA in Film from Columbia University where she was awarded a Dean’s Fellowship and her BA in Theater and African American Studies from Wesleyan University. In 2010, Angela was a Yaddo fellow.
Beth Davenport – Producer
Having worked in various capacities at Big Mouth since 2003, Beth brings over eight years of production and outreach experience in television, commercials and award-winning documentaries for P.O.V., Sundance Channel, BBC and Arte France as well as directing advocacy videos and short films. Film credits include: the Emmy-nominated film Deadline, Thomas Balmes’ Wrongful Death and Election Day. Beth is the Director of Production at Arts Engine and is producing (A)sexual, directed by Angela Tucker. She directed Pushing the Elephant with Elizabeth Mandel. Pushing the Elephant is a feature-length documentary. Davenport was a mentor for the IFP Documentary Rough Cut Lab for three years and is a NYFA Fellow. She graduated with a degree in Sociology and Peace and Conflict Resolution from Wayne State University.
Katy Chevigny – Producer
Chevigny is the Executive Director of Arts Engine, home of Big Mouth Films, MediaRights.org and the Media That Matters Film Festival. Chevigny brings over ten years experience as a documentary filmmaker, social entrepreneur, and manager of Arts Engine. In 2004, she produced and co-directed Deadline, an Emmy-nominated film that won the Thurgood Marshall Journalism Award, a CINE Golden Eagle Grand Jury Award, premiered at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival, was broadcast on NBC’s Dateline in July 2004, and is currently available on home video at all major outlets. Chevigny also directed Journey to the West: Chinese Medicine Today, a feature-length documentary about traditional Chinese medicine and its influence in the West. Chevigny has produced four award-winning documentaries, including Innocent Until Proven Guilty, Nuyorican Dream, Brother Born Again and Outside Looking In: Transracial Adoption in America. These films were screened at festivals around the world, including Berlin and Sundance, and were broadcast on public television and HBO/Cinemax. Chevigny is currently directing The Dishes, and directed Election Day, which premiered at South by Southwest in 2007.
Jolene Pinder – Producer
She was Associate Producer for Outreach and Distribution on Arts Engine’s latest releases, Arctic Son and Election Day. She has also served as the DVD Producer for five Arts Engine/Big Mouth films. Jolene’s personal film Bismillah was a finalist for the International Documentary Association’s David Wolper Award, won first place in the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences’ College Television Awards (Student Emmys) and was the recipient of a CINE Golden Eagle Award. Jolene has a background in marketing, sponsorship and graphic design in a variety of non-profit settings–consumer rights, education reform, and most recently, public broadcasting. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors in English Literature from the University of Chicago and a Masters in Journalism and Communications from the University of Florida’s Documentary Institute.
Michelle Chang – Editor
Editor Michelle Chang was the Co-Editor on the documentary film Camp Victory, Afghanistan, and an Associate Editor on Pushing the Elephant. She has assisted on a variety of other feature documentary films including Who Does She Think She Is?, The Nine Lives of Marion Barry (HBO), and If God is Willing and Da Creek Don’t Rise (HBO). She also attended the Sundance Documentary Edit and Story Labs in 2008 as an assistant and in 2009 as a fellow. Prior to becoming an editor, she worked as an Associate Producer for the television newsmagazines 20/20 and Primetime.
Big Mouth Films/Arts Engine, Inc.
Founded in 1997, Big Mouth Films/Arts Engine has completed seven feature length documentaries and created dozens of advocacy shorts and public service announcements. We use film as a tool to examine subjects such as criminal justice, alternative medicine, racial identity, environmental sustainability, politics, art and music. Our films have galvanized audiences to take action on a host of contemporary and relevant topics. They have screened at dozens of festivals around the world, including Sundance, Berlin, Full Frame, South by Southwest, SilverDocs and the Human Rights Watch International Film Festival. They have secured broadcasts on HBO, Cinemax, public television and NBC and are distributed in the educational and/or home video markets through Netflix, HomeVision Entertainment, California Newsreel, Wellspring Media, New Day Films and Filmmaker’s Library. We have garnered awards from the Cinema du Reel Film Festival, Outfest LA, Urbanworld Film Festival, New York Latino Film Festival, the Newark Black Film Festival, the Blackpoint Film Festival, the National Council on Crime and Delinquency, the Cine Golden Eagle Grand Jury Award, the Thurgood Marshall Journalism Award and a recent Emmy Award nomination for Deadline. Arts Engine also runs the award-winning web site MediaRights.org and the annual Media That Matters Film Festival.