Quiltbags Episode 1: Little Pitchers

“Quiltbags” is a web series which explores sexuality through dramatized scenes with a variety of fascinating characters. You never know who might show up, or what they might want.

This is epic, historic, hopefully not anti-climactic.  Here’s “Little Pitchers”, the first episode of Quiltbags the Web Series:  

This episode stars Ruth Anderson as Vivian Becker and Dave Peniuk as Johnathan Becker, her son.

Written and directed by Tim Johnson
Camera:  Tim Johnson
Second Camera:  Zale Dalen
Set dec:  Nicole Busby
Editor:  Tim Johnson

When I was a child, “Little pitchers have big ears.” was parental code for “Don’t talk about that.  The kids are listening.”  The phrase is in a John Prine song (“Sam Stone”), but I’m not sure it’s common usage anymore.  Haven’t heard it for years.

There’s been a huge amount of inertia to overcome to get to this point.  I suppose the difference between working inside the film and television industry and the way we work is that the industry worker is being paid to spend eight or ten hours a day on the job.  We work for the love of it, for the fun of it, for the fame and glory to come.  There’s no money to motivate people to show up.  We all have lives.  Hence the inertia.

Of course, an “industry” production has its own source of inertia.  Usually this results from trying to find the money, which can take months or years.  We don’t have to deal with that, so maybe it all balances out.  We certainly enjoy being free of the micromanagement that industrial production entails. And if there’s one thing I hate it’s a pitch session.
– Zale

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16 thoughts on “Quiltbags Episode 1: Little Pitchers

  1. Quiltbags, very true. I do have to say I’m a little disappointed: at first glance I thought Quiltbags was a new and exciting product for storing my bedding. Quiltbags; what a nice idea eh

    1. We did not invent the acronym, Casey. I think somebody thought it up because they couldn’t remember LGBT and wanted something more inclusive. Anyway, it’s now in fairly common usage.

  2. Hi Zale
    Wish I could tell you that I liked this but I can’t. It makes me uncomfortable . To me this very private. I am quite happy to be friends with everyone but I do not want to discuss their sexual preferences or any private activities.
    Love
    Cath

    1. Cath:

      Thanks for your comment. There are lots of people who are uncomfortable with this subject. You are hardly alone.

      Your response cuts to the core of what we are doing and I really hope people will comment on the very question you raised: Should we be talking about this at all?

      In Russia we could go to jail for creating this series.

    2. I think when subjects like this are put out there more, then it encourages people to have these sorts of conversations. After all these sorts of conversations had to happen for not only different ethnicity to become “ok to be friends with”, but completely comfortable to the point that it never even enters the mind or vision as to what ethnicity our friends and acquaintances are. We no longer view a certain person as punjab or black, but as simply another person.

      There is no difference, Sexual orientation is now the next conversation that needs to be had in order for it to sink into the collective unconsciousness as apart of human kind. It is only after that society progresses.

  3. Hi Zale

    It must be age, I find a lack of interest in the sexual preferences of others. I loved your song I like listening to you and Ruth sing. I understand your wish to work on understanding and acceptance of the diversity in the world. Opening this discussion will reach the already open to thought and put off people who do not wish to listen. Maybe it will give someone the opening lines to family discussion I am not sure. I think you should be very careful of your inclusion of minors in your production and keep it to adult issues.

  4. I think the message is very much needed, and I like the ball tapping on the words – how you are as a friend.

    Sometimes people take on issues that are not their own though as there is so much information being exchanged verbally and non-verbally and a feeling that one is of a different persuasion could belong to someone else. A good mentor could ask pertinent questions from a place of non-judgement so that you can test if this new life direction is true and stable and likely to bring you joy as you become more authentic. I am a mentor who helps people discover their true selves so they can then reach their potential in this lifetime.

  5. I appreciated this more than the first one. I think it was very good to acknowledge that parents are the ones who should have this type of conversation.
    So glad that you and Ruth are going to be able to speak to the people who will be interested in making a change.

  6. I LOVED it…very tight dialogue (no pun) and the acting was awesome…I’m really looking forward to the next episode…Huzah! Fine actors!!!

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