Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Forms of Identification available to stream online for FREE during Lyme Disease Awareness Month

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Forms of Identification, an award-winning poetic film about identity crisis, is available to watch online for FREE during Lyme Disease Awareness Month (May 2013). Produced by San Francisco Bay Area artists, Kristin Tieche and Jessica Ingersoll-Cope, the short film explores a dancer’s journey as she searches to re-identify herself after receiving a devastating diagnosis that threatens to take away the art form she loves.

To watch the film, click here:

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Holiday DVD Sale - Discount Prices - A Year in Festivals

Since the first screening of our finished film in April of 2011 at the Hotel Rex in San Francisco, we have enjoyed recognition and screenings in six national and international film festivals. It has been an honor and a joy to see our project shared with others on the big screen. A BIG thank you to:

Fastnet Short Film Festival - Schull, Ireland
Marbella International Film Festival - Marbella, Spain
Cinema Touching Disability, Austin, Texas = HONORABLE MENTION
Reynolda Film Festival, Winston-Salem, North Carolina - WINNER BEST EXPERIMENTAL
Society for the Arts in Healthcare Film Festival, Detroit, Michigan - SECOND PLACE
Female Eye Film Festival, Toronto, ON, Canada - Nominated BEST EXPERIMENTAL

In addition, Forms of Identification was picked up by 12 public access television stations across the United States! For more information about regions that are airing the film, please email us.

Special Holiday DVD Offer:

We are offering discounted DVDs for individual and personal use this holiday season!

$10 for a single DVD
$40 for five DVDs
$100 for 20 DVDs

To purchase go here:

If you are interested in publicly screening our film, please contact us ( for information about our Community or Institution/Non Profit purchasing levels.

Keep in mind:
**A screening guide can also be downloaded from our website for community events.
**Our 15-page Educational Curriculum and art therapy experiential program is now available with the purchase of an Institutional/Non-Profit DVD.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

It's been a long strange trip...


About four years ago, or more, Jessica approached me with an idea - choreography that was swirling in her head that she didn't feel capable of performing on a stage due to her life altering experience with Chronic Lyme. Those ideas became the concept for a film. That film became Forms of Identification, a project that blossomed into a catalyst for dialogue and connection, precisely what Jessica and I want our artistic messages to invoke - an emotional reaction in the heart, mind and soul of the viewer - something that might change the way they think, feel and live.

After the many trials of filmmaking, the highs and lows of being ecstatic in our creative process, and crashing with technological and financial difficulties, we stayed the course, and that course has taken us through six film festivals, a couple awards, and a handful of community screenings supported and hosted by friends who believe in our art and message. And now, we feel like we're standing at the threshold where our film is being recognized for its genuine worth.

I'm about to get on a plane to Detroit, the city where my very creative father was born, to present our film at the Society for Arts in Health Care International Conference, which includes a film festival. Forms of Identification will be viewed by the very people we want to see it, understand it, connect with it, and perhaps use it to move people who are experiencing the type of crisis our film explores: who am I when I can no longer recognize myself?

It has been a long road to get here, and I feel blessed that our film arrived at this window of opportunity. We are just at the beginning. I can't wait to tell you how rewarding the experience in Detroit was for this project, the one that Jessica and I never gave up on, despite the odds, that YOU supported and made happen.

Thank you again to all of our supporters for helping us get here, and by supporters I mean the people who volunteered, played extras, lent us cameras and equipment, provided music and other creative services, gave advice, made monetary donations, spread the word, and basically made us feel like we were on the right track. Your contributions paid off.

We're on our way.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Free Screening at Madrone Art Bar during Bay Area Dance Week

Forms of Identification will screen for FREE at Madrone Art Bar at 500 Divisadero (@ Fell) in San Francisco on Wednesday, April 25th at 6 pm. Q & A with the filmmakers to follow screening. We are offering this screening of our dance film for free during Bay Area Dance Week, in celebration of the healing art of dance and movement. We hope our film inspires you to move, and we thank Madrone Art Bar for hosting our film in their supportive artistic space!

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Accepted! Arts and Health Film Festival - Detroit, Michigan.

We are thrilled to announce that we have been accepted to the Arts and Health Film Festival in Detroit, Michigan, which is hosted by the Society for The Arts in Healthcare.  The screening will take place on the evening of Friday, May 4th.  For more details about the screening and the extensive and inspiring conference, please follow the below link.  Forms of Identification's amazing director/producer, Kristin, will be in attendance at the screening and conference!  Society for the Arts in Healthcare - Arts & Health: A Global View

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Fantastic Feature of FOI on Lipstick & Politics

Katrina Markel of of the women's politics and culture blog, Lipstick & Politics, conducted a cyber Q&A with me and Jessica.

Katrina asked us some interesting questions that made us reflect on the filmmaking process and the universality of the quest for identity definition.

We are so thrilled to get exposure on women-oriented blogs, especially during a time when women are [still] fighting so hard to be portrayed holistically in the media. It's so important for the portrayals of women in the media to be diverse, strong, profound and human!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

New DVD jacket design

Our old low-budget square had turned into a classier, sturdier rectangle!



Looking forward to showing these off at our screening this Friday!

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Forms of Identification at Bohemian Nights in SF - This Fri. 3/16

Forms of Identification screens on Friday, March 16th at Bohemian Nights!

When: Friday, March 16th. Doors open at 7 pm. Film at 8 pm, followed by participatory activity about identity.

Where: Empowerment Works, 1543 Mission Street (x-street South Van Ness). Street parking or Civic Center BART. Many muni lines accessible.

Please come to a mind-expanding night of art, film, music, dance, spoken word and soul-nourishment! Vegetarian food for purchase, but BYOB.

Hope to see you there, and please let us know if you can make it.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Forms of Identification Art DVD - Study by graphic artist Stacy Asher

Our talented graphic artist Stacy Asher made this slideshow of the production process for the art DVD and the regular DVD she designed and assembled by hand.

Can't wait to get them in your hands!

in competition at Reynolda Film Festival

We are extremely excited to announce that Forms of Identification is in competition in the Experimental category at the Reynolda Film Festival in North Carolina.

Tuesday, March 20th at 4pm in Annenberg Forum, Carswell Hall, 1834 Wake Forest Rd, Winston-Salem, NC 27109.

Please, if you are in the area, attend our screening on March 20th!

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Soon to hit the press (or silk screen, that is)

We are at the tail end of production on our limited edition artistic DVD for Forms of Identification. Here are a few views of the outer and inner jacket, which unfolds, just like the film, to reveal different layers of our identity.


This unique DVD was conceptualized and designed by Stacy Asher and Kristin Tieche, based on the most striking scenes and lines from the film.


Of course, our design would be without meaning if it weren't for the moving choreography and interpretation of Jessica Ingersoll-Cope.


The limited edition art DVDs are currently being silk-screened by hand one by one by Stacy Asher. A small batch will be available for purchase through our official website and at special events in late March or early April of 2012. Details to come.

As for our regular DVDs, we are printing another batch the week of March 6, 2012. So if you are still expecting your reward from your Kickstarter donation, it will be coming to you very, very soon!

Sunday, February 26, 2012

not much to do with identity or Lyme, but could be life-changing

so watch this now!

(shared with me on her birthday by one of Forms of Identification's early supporters)

Friday, February 10, 2012

Forms of Identification at the Female Eye Film Festival

We are overjoyed to announce that Forms of Identification will have its North American premiere at the Female Eye Film Festival in Toronto, END OF JUNE, 2012 [updated]. This is also our first women's film festival, and we're thrilled about the opportunity to share our work with other women media artists like ourselves, and see the groundbreaking work that the women's perspective brings to the film world. More updates to come about this exciting news.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

IDSA gets an earful from angry Lyme sufferers

Just look at how many responses to the IDSA's question "What do you want to see from your society this coming?" were angry Lyme sufferers demanding that they recognize chronic Lyme and DO something to protect and adequately treat patients!! Over 1,800!! IDSA has a very problematic outlook when it comes to the complex issue of chronic Lyme.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Still time to donate!

Kristin Tieche, director of Forms of Identification, will bring the film to international audiences next week at the Marbella International Film Festival in the south of Spain.

As you know, we have always been a small, grassroots effort, committed to a bigger cause - increasing awareness about Lyme Disease, chronic illness and identity crisis due to loss. We feel that the film has an emotional impact on the small audiences we've shared it with so far. Now there's a chance to make an even bigger impact.

You can help us get there by making a donation, large or small, to our fund on We have fiscal sponsorship through Empowerment Works, so your donation is tax-deductible.

Thank you so much to all of you who have already donated. Your contributions help us immensely, and we are deeply grateful.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Forms of Identification remixed!

Exciting news! David Nelson of Outpost, acclaimed sound designer of feature and documentary films (including Werner Herzog), is creating a sound design for Forms of Identification, bringing our artistry to a new level! Very excited and thank you for your continued support of our film.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011


Sunday, November 6th, 2011, 4:00 – 7:30 pm
Your future awaits you, who will you be?

Please join Therapeutic Chef Joni Sare and film creators Jessica Ingersoll-Cope and Kristin Tieche for an evening of inner and outer nourishment.

4pm: Forms of Identification, screening and discussion.

5pm: a four-course healthy meal, provocative conversation continues.

6:30pm: interactive artistic expression. The opportunity to follow the path to a healthier and more holistic you awaits you.

Register for this event online: (under "Related Posts")

This event will be at a private home in Cupertino, CA. $50, includes exclusive film screening, dinner, art and an evening with the filmmakers.

Reserve your place now!