It’s been a long while in the making.

It’s hard to believe Candice passed away nearly three years ago.

She initially engaged me in a conversation about helping her tell her own story in her own words. We struggled to get adequate financing to do more than shoot a little, but over the course of two years I filmed with her many times. We talked about her career, her cancer, her family, her background. I followed her search for her mother and we filmed her one and only reunion with her half-brother, it was the first time they’d seen each other in 62 years.

There have been many times I have longed to put the hard drives on a shelf and leave them there, but something – (Candice herself?), a desire for completion, a knowing that this is an important story that longs to be shared – has forced me to soldier on. I’ve engaged editors who have helped and then had to move on to other, more lucrative, work – it’s bounced back to me. Over and again, landing firmly and squarely in my lap.

I’ve known that if I could get the film to a solid rough cut state, if I could find a way to weave the many wandering storylines together in a cohesive and compelling way, then I could start to engage the world with this film.

As 2017 crested into 2018, I made a commitment to myself and to the project that this would be the year it gets finished.

And so it is.

Finally, there is a rough rough cut.

It is happening.

Candice’s film, which I’m currently just calling “Candice” will be finished this year.

Stay tuned!

Finally! Here we go…

A few years ago, Candice and I started working on a film about her life.

Her childhood, her family, her cancer, her mother, her story. Her biggest wish around the film was to finally be able to tell her own story in her own words.

I have a great deal of footage or her and I have, finally, started to put things in motion that will allow her to tell her own story in her own words. In May I will start working with an editor to shape her story.

I am deeply saddened that we weren’t able to complete this while she was still alive, but trust she will find solace in knowing that it’s getting done.

In the Summer of 2014, a year before she passed away, we spent two months working tirelessly on a kickstarter campaign. We didn’t raise our full budget, but once the campaign was done we raised enough to get started and film some of her journey (including meeting up with her brother five decades after she last saw him).

I have enough left to employ someone for 3 weeks, but I would like to be able to double that and spend 6 weeks putting a rough cut together.

If you would like to contribute to this endeavor, the website is still active here. It’s time to get this film finished.

Thank you for your help and for sharing this link!

Memorial for Candida Royalle in San Francisco

Feminist Erotic Filmmaker, 70’s Porn Star, Artist, Singer with the Cockettes, Sex Toy Innovator, Beloved Friend & Sister

WHEN: Sunday, October 25, 2015

Gather: 5:30 PM

Memorial: 6-7:30 PM

Afterglow & Potluck: 7:30-9 PM

WHO IS INVITED: Everyone and anyone that wants to come remember and/or pay homage to Candida Royalle; relatives, old and new friends, fans, colleagues, admirers, lovers, people who have been inspired by Candida’s work…  YOU.

PLEASE BRING—Memories, stories, show & tell items, photos, altar items, a potluck dish to share and something to drink.

WHERE: Center for Sex & Culture, 1349 Mission Street (Btw 9th and 10th streets), San Francisco, CA.

HOSTED BY Center for Sex & Culture with Annie Sprinkle, Veronica Hart, Veronica Vera and other friends and family.

SELECT OBITUARIES for more information:

NY Times

NY Times—Women in the World, obit by Lily Burana

PS: Another memorial is being planned to take place in Manhattan on NOVEMBER 22ND, SUNDAY. Veronica Vera will send information soon.

Rest in Peace Candice – I will miss you

On a subway while filming While You Were Gone

On a subway while filming While You Were Gone

I am rarely at a loss for words, but at this moment I struggle to find the best way to express my sadness.

Candice, Candida Royalle, passed away early this morning. She was only 64. I met Candice several years ago when I asked to interview her for the film Inside Her Sex: documentary film – she was gracious and giving and funny and energetic. I approached her again, hoping to capture more of her stories, of her spirit.

In February 2014, we spoke and she asked if I would help her tell her story….we started, together to work on While You Were Gone: The Untold Story of Candida Royalle…and in a very short space of time we covered a lot of ground. I had the privilege of going to St. Louis with her to meet the brother she hadn’t seen for 62 years…to be witness to that meeting. We visited the grave of her birth mother…we explored old neighborhoods she lived in. I spent time in her home, and we talked and talked.

Candice was tenacious, energetic, charming, engaging, passionate, driven, opinionated (and I mean that as a positive) – she had an unparalleled drive. Although we clashed because we share some of the same attributes, I deeply respected her and admired her for so many reasons. She was fierce and brave, very brave.

I know she was scared of passing away and I hope, deeply and sincerely, that she has been held in that journey by those who went before her.

Rest in peace dear Candice. I hold you in the highest esteem and I will miss you.

I am committed to finding a way to tell your story through film. Please click here if you would like to contribute to this project.
With much love. Sheona x

We started filming!

Candice and Jimmy

Just a very quick update to let you know that we started filming WHILE YOU WERE GONE last month!!

We spent a few days in St. Louis, where Candice met up with her brother Jimmy – the first time they’ve seen each other in over 60 years.

As you can imagine, it was an intense and emotional visit.

We are now planning the next shoot. Hopefully in the Spring we will spend time together in Manhattan, where we will visit the places Candice lived as a child.

Candice continues her battle against ovarian cancer and we are waiting on potentially exciting news about a new course of experimental treatments we’re hoping will be available in the Spring.

The first film we worked on together,INSIDE HER SEX, is finished and will broadcast on the documentary Channel in Canada on December 14, 2014. An excerpt from the film can be found HERE and we are working to secure a broadcaster in the US.

We appreciate your ongoing support and interest.

If you would like to donate to the next phase of the project you can do it through our Paypal account via the website for the film.

We will update further in the Spring and are still working towards completing this film in 2015.

Here’s wishing everyone a fantastic holiday season!