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Getting Naked: A Burlesque Story

James Lester
United States, 2017, 86 min.

In English.
Includes nudity.

GETTING NAKED entertainingly tells the story of four burlesque artists deep in the art underworld of New York City. It is a real celebration of women's self-love, acceptance and in the age of Trump a bit of a stand for women of all shapes, sizes and types. It's fun, sexy, thoughtful and very matter of fact, and topical in a radical feminist way.

Director's Statement

James Lester is a native New Yorker and an independent film director, producer, editor and writer. His debut feature-documentary Getting Naked: A Burlesque Story had its world premiere in the Venice Days section of the 74th Venice International Film Festival. Its North American premiere was at DOC NYC. His short films have won awards at the New York Television Festival, the Jackson Hole Film Festival, and have been featured on IFC. As a producer and senior editor he helped lead the way on Chicagoland, the acclaimed CNN documentary series from executive producer Robert Redford and award-winning director Marc Levin. His editor and producer resume includes programming for HBO, AMC, A&E, PBS, CBS, NBC, FOX, MSNBC, USA Network, and Sundance Channel. Before working in film and television, Lester studied piano and composition. He performed and taught piano, music theory, and jazz history in New York.

Category: Documentary.
Themes: Lifestyle, Community, Identity, Sexuality, LGBTQ.

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