USA 2010, 14’ | Director Betsy Kalin | DoP Gretchen Warthen | Editor Margo Dean, Michael Hanish | Sound Lisa Gillespie, Barry Neely | Production Itchy Bee Productions

»Wallet chains are definitely a queer, lesbian, semi-masculine, butch, tomboy kind of symbol.«
Angie Evans, Musician

From Victorian pocket watches to zoot suit style to motorcycle necessity, wallet chains have evolved over the years to become more than a trend in lesbian culture. Today, lesbians are the biggest consumers of wallet chains. All ages, all walks of life, butches and femmes, dykes on bikes, and BDSM practitioners – what drives women to wear chains? And why are they so literally attached to them? In her film Chained!, Betsy Kalin takes a sexy, humorous romp through the lives of lesbians who define themselves by their chains.


True to her independent approach to film work, Betsy Kalin as a filmmaker often takes on the roles of producer, scriptwriter, director and film editor at the same time. In 2004, she made her debut with the documentation Hearts Cracked Open, which was a big success at its premiere at the San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival and won several awards. For the biographical documentation series LesBios she wrote the script and directed. Betsy Kalin initially studied women's studies at Columbia University, where she gained a degree. She subsequently graduated with an MA in film directing from Miami University.


Films by Betsy Kalin (Selection)
East LA Interchange 2012| Hearts Cracked Open 2004 | Into the Streets 2002 | LesBios 2001 | Donkeys, Pigs and Greens 2000 | Roof 1998 | Reflections 1996 

Betsy Kalin
Documentary, Short Film
desired! - film lust & queer