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For Immediate Release

Wednesday, March 2, 2011


FTM author Jody Helfand speaks about self-love at The Little Church in Portland, OR on March 25th, 2011

Join us on the evening of Friday, March 25th for “Loving Yourself, Loving Your Body”, a talk by author, poet, and FTM expert Jody Rose Helfand on issues about self-love. He will also read from his new book, Places Male And Female.

The theme of the night is LOVE. The event takes place at The Little Church, located at 5138 NE 23rd Ave.  (thelittlechurchpdx.com)

The event will also feature a brief talk by belly-dancer and expert “Suhier”. She will share a brief history of belly-dancing and how it relates to self-love of the body, followed by a live belly dancing performance.

Jody Helfand’s new book, Places Male And Female, is a book of poetry about his gender change from female to male. He writes a popular blog on his website, (jodyrosehelfand.com), about issues relating to his gender change. Jody holds degrees in English (MA) and in Creative Writing (MFA). Jody’s poetry and prose has appeared in over 50 magazines and journals and he has also written The FTM Sex Guide.

He lectures on the importance of listening to your heart and loving yourself, as well as finding emotional wellness and happiness, relating this to his experience of changing his gender from female to male, and the difference between Jody and a genetic man. He is available for speaking engagements and is currently on a book tour. Jody’s FTM Sex Guide is for sale as an eBook, and the purchase includes his poetry e-book for free. The FTM Sex Guide is the first of its kind; “I wrote it because I was looking for a book about sex for guys like me and couldn’t find one.”

The cost to attend is $7. Space is limited. Tickets can be purchased in advance via Paypal for $5 now at www.jodyrosehelfand.com. Your name will be placed on Will Call. Bring ID, please. Doors open at 7:30pm, and the event begins promptly at 8:00pm. $1 from each ticket sale will be raffled off to one lucky winner at the conclusion of the event.


For more information, please contact:

Bethany Moore, Beatnik Betty Media


New client!

Author Jody Rose Helfand has asked me to promote his new book “Places Male And Female“, and to coordinate a private reading event here in Portland at the end of March. You can get a SIGNED copy of his book directly from his website:


From the back cover:

What does it mean to feel like a man who is trapped inside the body of a woman? The poems in Places Male And Female answer this question by taking the reader on a journey through the author’s childhood, where feelings of misplaced identity first surface, and then by taking the reader down the path of self-discovery during teen and adult years, where the ultimate decision is made to transition from one perceived gender to the other essential gender, that defines the author’s true spirit; the emergence of “A new body, but first the female body, torn down.” The intimate poems in this collection are a result of ten years of reflection on the process of taking hormones, having surgery, and readjusting to the world as a man who was socialized as a woman, who realizes that “Female places have become like old ghost towns, once teeming with life, now abandoned.”

Signed copies can be purchased via PayPal for $15.00 + $3.00 s/h.

Stay tuned for details on Jody’s upcoming visit to Portland.

Much is going on behind the scenes, and between the scenes, and there is plenty of news to share!

First of all, I’d like to offer advertising packages for those interested in getting exposure in the upcoming ROSE CITY STEAMPUNK FILM FESTIVAL, being held on February 13th at the Clinton Street Theater.

Advertising costs range from $20 to $60.


For $45, advertisers get the following:

  • an onscreen ad in rotation at the festival (large widescreen graphic, preferably .jpg or .PNG); this is available piecemeal for $20
  • a banner ad in the festival website’s randomizer through June
  • printed literature (one business card, flyer, or brochure) set out at the event
  • a listing in the (black & white) festival program consisting of your logo, contact information, and up to two lines of text; for an additional $15, you can upgrade to a 4″x5″ (horizontal) display ad.
  • the option to purchase up to two festival admissions at the discounted price of $10/ea; all ticket sales are will call, so please provide names & emails for confirmation.

If interested in any of the above, please email me immediately at bethany.aradia@gmail.com to get started.

HD Film Festival Schedule Released for HDFEST Portland

November 2010, Portland, Oregon– The schedule was released today for HDFEST’s Portland film festival event which is taking place December 2010 at the Living Room Theaters in Portland, Oregon. A complete calendar of events for the festival, which runs December 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th, can be found at http://www.hdfest.com/festival.html.

HDFEST was founded in 2000 and will be holding its inaugural Portland event this year. Past events have take place in New York, Los Angeles, London, Helsinki, Chicago, Paris, Sydney, and Seoul. Festival Director Issac Alexander discussed the choice of the Living Room Theaters for this year’s festival event, “Living Room Theaters was the first all-digital and only-digital theater in the country. As a result, we feel it is the perfect fit for this year’s high-def screenings.”

One of HDFEST’s key goals is to encourage independent high-definition filmmaking and enthusiasm for digital cinema. All films in the festival were shot exclusively on High-Definition cameras and are screened in HD resolution. Numerous filmmakers will be in attendance at the Portland film festival to discuss their work.

HDFEST Festival presentations over the 4-day festival will include High-Definition documentaries, experimental films, animation, music videos, features and shorts. Many films will be making their North American Premiere or West Coast Premieres. Almost all of the films in the HDFEST Portland line-up will be making their HD Festival Premiere, meaning they have never before been presented in high-definition resolution.

Feature Film Screenings:

Amongst the feature films screening this year include the opening night presentation of The Beginner directed by Ben Coccio. Coccio’s 2003 film Zero Day was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award and he was named one of Moviemaker Magazine’s “upcoming directors to watch.” The closing night presentation will be the feature film The Presence, written and directed by Tom Provost, and starring Academy Award Winner Mira Sorvino, Shane West (A Walk to Remember), and Justin Kirk (Weeds). The Presence, which was shot entirely in Mt. Hood, Oregon was produced by Tom Rice and executive produced by Dan Myrick, creator and director of The Blair Witch Project. Also screening is Not Dead Yet, written and produced by Portland area filmmaker Susan Hess Logeais and directed by Sam Hull.

Short Film Screenings:

High-Definition short films screening sequences include “Animation and Music Videos,” “Exploring the Imagination,” “Films from Around the World,” “High-Definition Comedies,” and “Documentary Shorts.” Amongst the short films screening at HDFEST Portland are Quality Time directed by James Redford and starring Jason Patric, the Australian short film Miracle Fish, which was nominated for an Academy Award, and The Macabre World of Lavender Williams a story about a young girl who sets off on a journey to find her father protected by a lovable zombie dog voiced by Christopher Lloyd. Films in the shorts showcases directed by local Portland area filmmakers including Salt and Silicone directed by Warren Pereira, and Benji & Mitzi directed by David Cohen.

Documentary Feature Film Screenings:

Feature documentary films screening at HDFEST Portland include Cangleska Wakan (The Sacred Hoop). This documentary addresses the Sioux concept of the Sacred Hoop, which advocates that everything in the universe is interrelated. This subject is explored through the voices of various contributors on Indian Reservations in South Dakota. Other documentaries include Violin Masters: The Gentlemen of Cremona narrated by Alfred Molina (The Da Vinci Code, Spider-man 2) and Expedition Inspiration, the story of a non profit organization that takes breast cancer survivors into the mountains after their treatment.

A complete list of HDFEST Portland film festival screenings and events December 6th-9th can be found at www.hdfest.com/festival.html. The Living Room Theaters is located at 341 SW 10th Avenue in Portland Oregon. Tickets are $9 per screening and are available at the box office at Living Room Theaters. Please contact admin@hdfest.com for more information about the festival.


Please read my latest article published on Fashion Fair PDX. Here, I tackle the subject of Gothic-inspired fashion. Special thanks to Marissa Spokes of Los Angeles, CA, for providing the images.

Model: Marissa Spokes

Dark Fashion: more than just black, part 1
by Bethany Moore


Though I first stepped into a “goth-industrial” club more than ten years ago on the East coast, it didn’t take long for me to figure out that black hair, black clothes, and black eyeliner does not make a goth, but it is indeed a good start.