About the Director
GRETCHEN STOELTJE – Director/Producer Gretchen Stoeltje walked into a movie theater, fell in love, and never looked back. Films she wrote, produced, directed and sometimes edited include VENOM IN A JAR, A KISS FROM THE QUEEN (1991), A.R.M. AROUND MOSCOW (1994, co-produced Jeanne C. Finley), and BIONIC BEAUTY SALON (1999). All have played festivals and television in the US, Canada and Europe, and showed at many exhibition venues including the 1995 Whitney Biennial. These films tell the stories of being female, from West Texas rattlesnake queen to post-cold war, mail order bride to turn-of-the-century Every Teen and now Pro-Choice 21st Century Legislator. All strive to recast women in their own images and provide authentic dialogue about what it means to grow up female and become the heroine of one’s own story.