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indieWIRE’s Project of the Day: “Exotic World and the Burlesque Revival,” a Mojave Desert Story

indieWIRE's Project of the Day: "Exotic World and the Burlesque Revival," a Mojave Desert Story

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“Exotic World & the Burlesque Revival”

Tweetable Logline: A documentary about a goat farm in the Mojave Desert that became ground zero of the largest burlesque revival since the 1940s.

Elevator Pitch: “Exotic World and the Burlesque Revival” tells the story of a goat farm in the middle of the Mojave Desert that became ground zero of the largest burlesque revival since the 1940s. Retired dancer Dixie Evans, “The Marilyn Monroe of Burlesque,” transforms a goat shed into “Exotic World”, the world’s first and only museum devoted to striptease. In response, young burlesque revivalists across the country begin making pilgrimages to the museum. The film captures the moment in time when the revivalists and elderly legends meet in the blazing hot desert and create a vibrant artistic culture that fuels the resurgence of neo-burlesque.

Production Team:
Director: Red Tremmel
Producer: Courtney Hermann (“Standing Silent Nation”)
Co-Producer: Gwen Lis
Cinematographer: Marie-Joëlle Rizk (“A Wink and a Smile”)
Editor: Kerribeth Elliott (“Standing Silent Nation”)
Sound Editor: Colin O’Neill (“Forge”, “Decrypter”)
Development Coordinator: Jessica Halem

About the Production:
Back in 2001 I was working on another project and heard about a woman who was a striptease artist during the 1940s and 50s who turned a goat ranch into a burlesque museum. When I drove out to meet her, I got lost and started to turn around–I couldn’t imagine that there was really a museum in this absolutely desolate area of the Mojave Desert. I said to myself give it five more minutes. That five minutes turned into ten years.

Current Status:
The film is currently completing its post-production and is looking for funds to cover finishing expenses and archival media and music licensing.

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Adrienne Ross

Great project! Needs to be popularized!

Jill M. Holslin

Looks like a fascinating film and an important historical project!


I visited Exotic World a few years back and found it fascinating and full of little known interesting treasures. This is a part of our past that needs to be saved. I even got to talk to the great Dixie Swan!

Bruce Coons

Sounds really interesting a subject that has not had much in the way of documentation before. It’s about time.

Lem Huntington

I know Courtney H. personally and this particular project has my blessing

Kevin Comiskey

I know that the sensibilities involved in this project will make something great. There are so many ideas and concepts crashing into each other with sensitivity and artistry here! I can’t wait to see it, for SURE.


YES! There is soo much going for this project – history, feminism, humor and TENACITY!


This sounds like an awesome production AND they have Margaret Cho narrating. Burlesque history is such a underestimated past.

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