Battle of the Sexes

Award-winning animators to hold fundraising event at The Falcon in Marlboro

by Megan Labrise
August 22, 2011 11:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Signe Baumane and Bill Plympton.
Signe Baumane and Bill Plympton.
Who makes a better sex film -- a man or a woman? Award-winning animators Signe Baumane and Bill Plympton believe the answer can be achieved through mass debating.

On Wednesday, Aug. 31, the duo will present “Battle of the Sexes,” a heady evening of red-hot rhetoric fueled by screenings of fun and funny animated sex films from around the world. The interactive fundraiser, to support the creation of independent animated films, will be held at 6 p.m. at The Falcon in Marlboro.

Baumane, creator of “Teat Beat of Sex” and many other films, will screen scintillating works by fellow females Eveliene Hoedeckie, Saray Dominguez, Michaela Pavlatova and Joanna Quinn, as well as one of her own. Plympton, cartoonist, caricaturist and Oscar-nominated filmmaker, will offer a rebuttal in the form of five testosterone-fueled films by Duncan Beedie, John Goras, PES, Ondrej Rudavsky and himself. With help from Applause Girl and Mad Scientist, audience response will be scientifically recorded and impartially tallied to determine which gender comes out on top.

Baumane and Plympton are prepared to get down and dirty.

“There’s no question about it. I don’t even know why Singe bothered to debate. First of all, men are better animators and, secondly, men know more about sex than women do -- and I’ll prove it on stage. Verbally. I just do it verbally,” said Plympton.

“It’s actually quite the opposite,” said Baumane. “Women invest the time. They understand foreplay, while men only understand putting it in and pumping and walking away. Our minds are much slower than men’s to tune into sex, but once a good man takes us there, we women are quite capable of having multiple orgasms. Which gender is more sexed up is very clear to me.”

“Battle of the Sexes” sprang from the loins of a debate between Plympton and a Canadian animator over the merits of funny films versus art films. “He thought I was out to make money and I wasn’t an artist anymore -- which is a valid point -- so he made an anti-Bill Plympton film. I called him up and said, ‘I have strong feelings about funny films and you have strong feelings about art films. Let’s have a competition,’” said Plympton. Animator Joanna Priestley sat in for his opponent at the 2007 Platform Festival in Portland, Oregon, and their debate was a hit. Baumane suggested something similar with sex films.

“I’m just thinking about sex every nine seconds,” said Baumane.

“Battle of the Sexes” debuted in 2009 at the IFC Film Center in New York City.

“It was a smashing success. People had so much fun; they were laughing all the way through,” said Plympton. Invitations from film festivals followed, from Leibzig, Germany to Boston. The battle became a last-minute addition to the 2010 Woodstock Film Festival.

“We wanted to take another shot at the Woodstock area with a much bigger, fully formed event, and we’re delighted to show at The Falcon,” said Plympton.

Tickets are $39 per person, and include wine, beer and food by Falcon Chef Chad Greer, formerly of Beso Restaurant in New Paltz. Local sponsors include Minnewaska Lodge, Moxie Cupcake, Tuthilltown Spirits, Walter Storyk Design Group and Whitecliff Vineyard.

A silent auction will include original art by Plympton and Baumane, as well as a host of useful and unique items from local businesses. Highlights include “The Morning After with Bill & Signe,” a brunch hosted by Minnewaska Lodge on Thursday, Sept. 1; caricatures by Plympton; a dance to a 1970s disco hit with Baumane (“She’s quite an amazing dancer. She has very long legs, and she uses them very well,” said Plympton.); and a gift package promoting various Ulster County Main Streets, topped off with your very own “Do It On Main Street” bumper sticker.

“I’m not responsible if people take it literally,” said event co-organizer Robin Hayes.

“Battle of the Sexes” was organized by Hayes and Kay Churchill in support of independent art. The proceeds will support the artists’ in-process animated feature films. “Cheatin’,” by Plympton, is a hard-boiled story of love gone wrong.

“It’s not for kids. It’s kind of like if James M. Cain wrote an animated film,” said Plympton.

“Rocks in My Pockets,” by Baumane, is a “funny film about depression.”

“This is an amazing opportunity to lend your support to help local independent artists create their visions. Not the visions of a larger entity -- not those that are necessarily the most commercially viable -- but the art that’s theirs,” said Hayes.

To buy tickets, or for more information, visit Tickets are limited. Sex and animation enthusiasts are strongly encouraged to purchase early.

The Falcon is located at 1348 Route 9W in Marlboro.

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