FenceSitter Films is a film production and television production company founded by Kyle Schickner an American film producer, writer, director, actor and a bisexual civil rights activist, devoted to creating entertainment for women, and sexual and ethnic minorities.
It was originally formed in 1995 as FenceSitter Productions, but later the name was changed to the current FenceSitter Films. According to the official website, FenceSitter Films was "founded on the belief that films don't need straight white men as heroes in order to be successful and entertaining." Schickner said, "I wanted to make films [that] a person of color, a woman, or a bisexual person would enjoy watching."
In late 2008 into 2009 FenceSitter Films began working with an American Cable TV Network to spin-off Rose by Any Other Name... into a weekly TV series. However according to Schickner "at the 11th hour as they were setting up to shoot the pilot the network expressed concern over how the cutting-edge social theme might play with some of their core viewership and decided to look at more data to see what kind of response the show might get". So with the assistance of American Institute of Bisexuality the project was turned into a Web series with each Webisode being posted on the FenceSitter Films Youtube channel.
^ abSzymanski, Michael (July 20, 1997). "MOVIES; Having It Both Ways; If you think there are more bisexuals in films, it's because there are". Los Angeles Times. p. 20. "In his "Rose by Any Other Name," due in October, New Jersey filmmaker Kyle Schickner stars as a straight man baffled by the idea of dating a lesbian."
^Francisco, Milalie (November 20, 2006). "Rutgers: Filmmakers cast the spotlight on Rutgers". University Wire. "Most recently, former Highland Park resident and Rutgers alumnus Kyle Schickner returned from California to film his independent movie, "Steamroom." Selesky said Schickner filmed at various sites in New Brunswick, including Passion Puddle."
^ ab"Making our own TV". Bi Media. November 8, 2009. "Manchester had Queer As Folk. The USA has The L Word – and there's talk of the BBC having set the cast for a UK equivalent… but it's all pretty much lesbian and gay television. It seems if we want bi telly, we are going to have to make our own."
^ ab"Rose By Any Other Name". Bi Magazine. November 9, 2009. "The web series "Rose By Any Other Name..." is based on Kyle Schickner's first film by the same title. The series follows the main character – Rose – as she tries to come to terms with her feelings for Anthony."