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Understand Sex and Love in ‘Monogamish’

Understand Sex and Love in 'Monogamish'

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Monogamish: Exploring sex, Love and Marriage in the 2st Century

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“Monogamish” explores sex, love & marriage in the 21st century.

Elevator Pitch: “Monogamish” is a film about relationships, love, sex, desire, intimacy, passion, family…. It explores why people get together in the first place, and why it can be so difficult to stay that way. Filmmaker Tao Ruspoli was faced with these very questions as he tried to get through a very painful (and public) divorce. So he took to the road for over 3 years to talk with relationship experts, best-selling authors, relatives, historians, artists, sex workers, philosophers and ordinary people, about love, sex and marriage, throughout history and into the 21st century.

Production Team:

Tao Ruspoli (director): Moviemaker Magazine has singled Tao out as one of the 10 Young Filmmakers To Watch. His feature narrative debut, “Fix,” screened at Slamdance and the Santa Barbara Int’l Film Festival where he was awarded the Heineken Red Star Award for “most innovative and progressive filmmaker.” His documentary “Just Say Know” is a personal discussion of his family’s drug addiction. His other films include “Flamenco: A Personal Journey” and “Being in the World.” Tao founded LAFCO, the Los Angeles Filmmakers Cooperative, a bohemian collective of filmmakers and musicians who work out of a converted school bus and made the film “Behind the Wheel.”

Dan Savage (contributor): Dan is America’s most popular advice columnist. He writes Savage Love, a widely-syndicated sex advice column and also authored the popular Dear Dan advice column for ABCNews.com. He and his husband Terry founded the It Gets Better Project to help prevent suicide among LGBT youth.

Esther Perel (contributor): Best-selling author of Mating in Captivity: Unlocking Erotic Intelligence, translated into 25 languages. The New York Times, in a cover story, named her the most important game changer on sexuality and relationships since Dr. Ruth. Her critically acclaimed viral TED talk reached nearly 5 million viewers in the first year.

Christopher Ryan (contributor): Christopher Ryan is a well-known psychologist & author. His best-selling book Sex at Dawn (cowritten with his wife of 15 years, Cacilda Jethá) explores the evolution of monogamy in humans. He recently gave a TED talk on the topic, currently contributes to Psychology Today, and has a popular podcast called Tangentially Speaking.

MANGU.TV (Production company): An independent company that develops, produces and distributes films that challenge the status quo and shape our future.

About the Film: 
“Monogamish” will make you think about your own life. By examining the history, the psychology, the reality of love & relationships, we learn not only about the world around us but also ourselves. This film is a catalyst to a conversation we all need to have, both on the personal level and on a large-scale. We all do have something to learn. We can all be better partners, better lovers. And really, can’t we all learn to love better?

Current Status: Fundraising

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