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Project of the Day: A 'License to Pimp'

By Indiewire | Indiewire July 2, 2012 at 1:00PM

Here's your daily dose of an indie film in progress; at the end of the week, you'll have the chance to vote for your favorite.
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License to Pimp

Here's your daily dose of an indie film in progress; at the end of the week, you'll have the chance to vote for your favorite.

In the meantime: Is this a movie you’d want to see? Tell us in the comments.

"License to Pimp"

Tweetable Logline:

What would U do if the #stripClub U worked @ became a #brothel? Adapt, Fight or Quit? #LicenseToPimp doc follows 3strippers facing this dilemma

Elevator Pitch:

What would you do if the strip club you worked at became a brothel? Would you adapt, fight or quit? LICENSE TO PIMP chronicles 3 San Francisco strippers as their workplaces engage in illegal labor practices. Lola competes with club prostitutes to keep her job & support her family. When city officials begin to enforce laws, Daisy must not only fight the strip clubs but also the strippers themselves who want to maintain the status quo. After Mariko quits the strip clubs, she risks her safety to work independently to keep 100% of her tips. Ex-stripper/filmmaker Hima B. uncovers workplace realities.

Production Team:

Dir/Prod/Camera: Hima B.

Hima B.'s first documentary STRAIGHT FOR THE MONEY (about how lesbian and bisexual sex workers negotiate their sexual identities), was included as part of the 1995 Whitney Biennial. LICENSE TO PIMP is the sequel.

About the Production:

"During the years I stripped, I witnessed management become increasingly greedy as they took more and more of the dancers' tips. Clubs required $150-$600 per shift per dancer. As women prostituted to pay the strip club pimps, I felt the emotional toll it took on all of us. This film allows people to see and hear how workers are impacted by labor violations.

"As stripping increasingly gains acceptance within popular culture, more and more women and teenage girls enter this industry and are unaware of their rights and workplace realities. This is why 'License to Pimp' needs to be made and seen." -- Hima B.

Current Status:

Post-production.

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Kickstarter Page
Film Website

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