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The Bowling Sisters: Feminism, Film Directing & The Inner Female Monologue

Special To Topanga Journal

Strong independent voices like the The Bowling Sisters – Kansas Bowling (22) and Parker Love Bowling (19) are make it happen people. Their drive and achievements are a refreshing outlook of the millennial generation. No sibling rivalry here. They’re true supporters of each other’s talents, and not to mention they’re best friends. They’re old souls that relish in old cinema, literature and travel, bringing a fire and passion to their inspirations that have become reality.  

Kansas Bowling is currently directing her second feature film while simultaneously directing music videos, two dozen already under her belt. Her latest music video for a band called Death Valley Girls features the legendary Iggy Pop. Her first feature film – B.C. BUTCHER – was shot on 16mm film in the wilderness of Topanga Canyon and the waterfalls of Jalan Jalan. Her film premiered at the Egyptian Theater on Hollywood Blvd in 2016. That same year she was featured in W Magazine as one of the up and coming talents to look out for. She continues to innovate and create imagery to be remembered for decades. Memorize the name Director Kansas Bowling.  

Miranda Robin

By Miranda Robin

Her younger sister Parker Love Bowling is another star on the rise. Her dedication, creativity and confidence are what continue to make her roles captivating and memorable on screen. She is an avid reader and writer who uses her knowledge to build on character choice. In addition she is able to design and make her own wardrobe, wearing her own styles as she sings original standards at The Mint and other Los Angeles venues. The camera loves her. Parker Love Bowling will have her name in lights.   

These women were asked to reflect on the word Feminism, a sensitive subject and a way to guide human choices. It crosses generations, blending ideas to form a new hope of equal rights and a solid voice for all people. The voices of Kansas and Parker are powerful, honest and ready to succeed.    

“Feminism and political correctness today has become rabid and dangerous at times. Its important people think for themselves and read into issues before jumping on bandwagons.” Kansas Bowling

TJ: Do you think there is a difference on views of feminism between decades?

KB – Feminism and political correctness today has become rabid and dangerous at times. Its important people think for themselves and read into issues before jumping on bandwagons. Media has made it very easy for misinformation to spread, and people are becoming brainwashed easier than ever. Remember that you don’t have to agree with every “feminist” issue because it’s what you’re told is the right thing to do. 

PLB – There is definitely a new wave of pseudo feminism that is destructive to the very concept.  So-called feminists should not petition for superiority over men. 


TJ Do You Remember The First Time You Heard The Word Feminism? 

KB – I think I first heard it when my parents got divorced, and my mom started dating a woman. 

PLB – No clue when I first heard the word Feminism, but my guess is it was from my 7th grade English teacher when I read a biography on Margaret Sanger. 

TJ: Do You Consider The Term Feminism More Of A Positive Or Negative Idea? 

KB – I think it rides a fine line. 

PLB – I think Feminism, by text book definition is a positive term. EQUALITY, not female supremacy. 

TJ: As A Writer-Director, Do You Think About Feminism While Writing And Describing Characters And Themes For Your Films? 

KB – I don’t tend to think about any issues while writing. I just write and then the issue / theme presents itself from somewhere in my subconscious. There are occasionally themes that come through in my writing that would be considered feminist. 

PLB – I don’t think about feminist issues while writing, though naturally my films seem to be female driven. I like to write about vulnerability and the inner monologue of the female. 

TJ: When Hearing Feminism, What Are You Interpretations Of How Each Political Party Feels About The Word and What It Demonstrates? What Political Party Do You Find You Standing Ground? 

KB – I don’t feel like either party has a healthy relationship with feminism – one side goes against everything it stands for while the other side exploits it. 

PLB – I think both parties misconstrue the true meaning of feminism. I believe in equal rights, but I certainly don’t believe in the belittlement of men. 

TJ: What Are Your Thoughts On Men Still Getting Paid More Than Women? Do You Think It Is Fair? When You Pay You Actors For A Film Shoot, Is The Pay The Same?

KB – I think the issue lies more in men getting offered bigger roles more often than women and that’s where the pay issue comes into play. It seems to be more of a problem with the types of movies being made. I pay my actors differently based on the project and what roles they’re playing. Usually a more experienced actor will get paid more than someone with no experience at all. But it obviously never has anything to do with gender. 

PLB – It’s obviously not fair for a man to get paid more than a woman if they are doing the same job, but there are exceptions. If a male actor is more well known than a woman, it would make sense that he gets paid more and vice-versa. 

TJ: What Is Politically Correct For Social Media, And What Gets A Site Shut Down? What Are Your Ideas Of Censorship On Social Media? 

KB – Social media could never be a real platform for art because of the censorship issues. It’s not important in the grand scheme of anything, which is why people should focus more on creating rather than advertising.

PLB – Censorship is fascist. Social media platforms should not be allowed to remove art or suppress freedom of speech. 

TJ: As Actors In Film, When You Are Making Roles For Yourself, What Types Of Roles Do You Gravitate Toward? 

KB – I’m only now getting to a point where I can turn down roles so I haven’t yet had the luxury of being able to pick and choose. 

PLB – I take whatever roles I can get, though I prefer to be the antagonist in a film. I feel there’s a wider range of expressing yourself in that niche. 

TJ: How Did Growing Up In Topanga Affect Your Thoughts In Social Interaction And Self-Expression? 

KB – I was practically ostracized from Topanga for having a lesbian mom so it should have instilled introverted conservatism in me, but instead it made me realize how unimportant people’s opinions are if you’re happy. 

PLB – Topanga is very isolated, which has made me extremely shy while meeting new people. Growing up in Topanga also made me very paranoid that the people I meet have secret agendas. 

TJ: Your First Feature Film Was Made In Topanga. Did The Location Inspire Parts Of Your Film Or Were They Written Prior To Location Scout? 

KB – I followed the Roger Corman school of thought – use what you have. My dad lives in Topanga and has the state park at his backyard. A cavewoman movie seemed like an easy and cheap movie to make with what I had available to me.

TJ: What Are The Main Themes In Your First Feature Film And The Second FEature Film? Talk About Similarities And Differences. 

KB – My first feature film had absolutely no themes, moral, or allegory. It was merely a trial of me seeing how to make a film on my own, which then happened to get distributed by TROMA. My feature that I am working on now is about troubled adolescence inspired by all of my friends growing up in Topanga. 

TJ: When Writing For Others To Read, What Female Views Are Mostly Constant In The Characters You Create? 

KB – I write from my subconscious so every character is myself. I don’t write different genders.  

PLB – I write about the worst aspects of myself so I can come to terms with them. I like to write and read about the darker side of any character’s mentality. 

TJ: What Is Your Main Goal/Message You Want To Express Through Your Films? 

KB – There are a lot of messages I put into my work, but most important to myself is to never censor my own work for the sake of others. I would rather get in trouble for something I stand by than never say anything. 

PLB – I’m not sure there is a main goal. I like to explore the subconscious of the characters I play or write.   

Our future is bright with women like Kansas and Parker at the helm. Their views are owned with wisdom, research, knowledge and a love of creating art through any medium. The Bowling Sisters are taking on the world and the world is ready for them. Support talent, support a voice and make your own voice known whenever you can. 


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