FenceSitter Films

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FenceSitter Films
Industry Entertainment
Founded 1995
Headquarters Los Angeles
Key people
Kyle Schickner
Products Motion pictures, television programming, new media
Website www.fencesitterfilms.com

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."[1] Schickner said, "I wanted to make films [that] a person of color, a woman, or a bisexual person would enjoy watching."[2]

The first feature film made in 1997 was the romantic comedy Rose by Any Other Name... and was the film version of Schickner's most successful Off-Off-Broadway play.[3][4]

Additional feature films have included the mockumentary Full Frontal and the critically acclaimed thriller Strange Fruit.[5] The most current feature film, Steam, stars Oscar-nominated actress Ruby Dee, 1980s and indie icon Ally Sheedy as well as up-and-coming young actress Kate Siegel.[6][7]

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.[8][9]


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  1. ^ "FenceSitter Films Official Site". 
  2. ^ "Spring 2008" (PDF). 1766 Magazine. Rutgers Alumni Association. Retrieved June 26, 2008. [dead link]
  3. ^ a b Szymanski, 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. 
  4. ^ Morris, Morris (July 22, 1998). "MOVIES; Zoom Lens; Bisexual Film Festival". SF Weekly. Saturday's double bill begins with a world premiere, Kyle Schickner's often hilarious indie Rose by Any Other Name ... (1997). 
  5. ^ a b Moylah, Brian (July 15, 2005). "A ripe discourse; Black arts festival includes gay films among offerings". Southern Voice. 
  6. ^ a b Birchall, Paul (July 9, 2008). "Gays Gone Wild! Quicksilver queers flaunt it at Outfest". LA City Beat. 
  7. ^ 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. 
  8. ^ a b "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. 
  9. ^ a b "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. 

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