We had the good fortune of connecting with Jessica Denison Kevin Whitmire and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jessica Denison, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
In 2010, our collaboration started at undergrad in the middle of nowhere in central Pennsylvania. At first our training solely focused on stage acting, but as we began to develop original content (digital and live) we found ourselves identifying as performer creators. Whether it was a film, solo performance, dance, trapeze, mime–we were challenged to tell a story. Our love for vintage feels stems from a cabaret performance entitled, “Glitter in the Gutter.” In this skit we both fully embody and bring to life the intimate and obsessive relationship between Pop Art icons, Edie Sedgwick and Andy Warhol. This was the first original work where we began to blend film with live performances. The skit turned into a show which eventually found its way to NYC’s Manhattan Repertory’s Solo Festival. Since then, the idea of creating vintage content has grown into a production company. Our name is inspired by an idea we had for a drag character and our undying love for Goldie Hawn. This production company honestly has nothing to do with “swans,” but send them our way if you know any who are looking to shoot.
What should our readers know about your business?
Goldie Swan Productions is an all house production company that listens to your voice and collaborates. We develop across various genres and our clients come from all walks of life. Last week, we finished filming a promo video for a leather craft company in Upstate NY and tomorrow we are creating a music video for a drag queen in LA . Honestly, the possibilities are endless and we cannot wait to enhance your vision. We are always working our creative muscle. Although a huge part of a business is working with others, we too, are creating our own content. Our most recent work was a spin-off of, “Valley of the Dolls.” We were inspired by the 1967’s story and aesthetic, and wanted to add our own modern twist. This film debuted itself in The Microplex’s Short Film Festival, “Microfest,” in January 2021. A special plus to our business is we do wedding videography but it comes with a full service experience. In August 2020, we partnered with Australia’s wedding company, “I Do Drive-Thru,” and brought it to LA, NY, NJ, and VA. “I Do Drive-Thru” is a drive-thru wedding service that allows you to get married anywhere and fast. Hold your ceremony in your backyard, the Joshua Tree desert, or hey, even in your car. It’s totally catered to you and your loved one in under just 7 minutes.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
LA is full of so many flavours. You can go downtown and dine on a rooftop, you can drive to Venice and experience the beach, or you can go to Griffith and hike your heart out. It’s also a land of creativity and its own museum. This is where many of the arts were created. That’s just cool enough in itself. If we were showing off LA, first, we would start our morning in North Hollywood (shout out to our first landing place in LA) and start with, “Perfect Doughnuts.” They have the best glazed elephant ears and know how to fry a doughnut. It’s super affordable, friendly, and the coffee is grrrrrrreeaaattt. After that, we’d venture to the west side and take the long route by driving in the Malibu Canyons. Talk about California beauty. We’d stop and take a polaroid and sneak over to Malibu Beach and climb over a few rocks to a “secret beach.” We are convinced the first scene of, “Grease,” was shot here. Then we’d travel down the PCH, blasting Stevie Nicks and take a detour to Santa Monica for a lil work out. There is a neighborhood near Montana Ave. that is great for running. The trees are tall, the houses are beautiful, and there’s a giant fake dinosaur in one of the yards. After our sweatfest, we’d travel to Hollywood, taking Sunset BLVD the whole way, hopefully, passing Norma Desmond. We’d eat lunch on La Brea at, “Otus Cafe.” Hands down the best Thai food. Then we’d travel over to Paramount Studios and shout, “PUT US IN A MOVIE,” for an hour or so. Afterwards, we’d do a little thrifting at The Whimsical Twin, Happy Dance Vintage, and Zoe’s Vintage. For the evening, we’d dress up in our new threads and head out to West Hollywood and see some drag. We would end the night at Roscoe’s Chicken N’ Waffles, because who doesn’t love ending their night with fried food.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Goldie Swan Productions is a place to feel nostalgic. Regardless of how twisted or how vibrantly humorous, we give you permission to swim deep into the past. All of our creativity is pulled from Old Hollywood cinema, the American New Wave era, the classic 80’s and 90’s high school love stories and more. We want to give our audiences a ride on a time machine, leaving them simulated with both old and new memories. A personal shout out to the Vintage Community! This is a community of people who love to play dress up with us. Each person contributes their own taste of the past with their own modern twist. It’s a place where we feel constantly inspired and supported. Through this community, we have found long-term friendships, business partnerships, and again, constantly behind fed by inspiration.
Other: Goldie Swan Productions 2020 Reel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kWAzort7HvQ&t=2s Promo Ad: Ms.Maverick Muse https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e_zYTvKzr6k Product Ad: Rudy’s Wine & Liquor https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kCHxTVCZqEo Lifestyle & Beauty: Influencer and Chef, Pearl Steffie https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZaHaPSxt2I4 Wedding: I Do Drive Thru: Upstate NY Wedding https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o7Z6mZUfBag&t=1s
Main Photo: Illustration by Golden Daze Illustration @goldendaze_illustration Photo 1: Still from, “Baewatch,” featuring Pearl Steffie, by Goldie Swan Productions @pearl.steffie Photo 2: Still from, “Valley of the Beaches,” by Goldie Swan Productions @goldieswanproductions @karenbeaches Photo 3: Still from, “Who’s Afraid of Karen Woolf?” by Goldie Swan Productions @goldieswanproductions @karenbeaches Photo 4: Still by Goldie Swan Productions @goldieswanproductions Photo 5: Still from, “I Do Drive-Thru Wedding, Upstate NY,” by Goldie Swan Productions @Idodrivethruweddings Photo 6: Polaroid of Ms.Maverick Muse by Goldie Swan Productions @msmaverickmuse Photo 7: Polaroid from BTS of “Sis on the Beach,” by Goldie Swan Productions @karenbeaches @soriahsis Photo 8: 35 mm of Jessica Barrett Denison and Kevin Whitmire, by Brent Blanc @brentblanc