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Five Women Make New Lives On Stage in ‘Getting Naked: A Burlesque Story’

Five Women Make New Lives On Stage in 'Getting Naked: A Burlesque Story'

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Getting Naked: A Burlesque Story

Logline: Women leave drone lives to become burlesque dancers where they find excitement, community, love, and meaning. But this utopian world can’t insulate them from harsh realities.

Elevator Pitch: 
“Getting Naked” tells an intimate story of five burlesque performers during the current-day revival in New York City. Each woman made a bold choice to leave behind a life of constraint to begin a new life in burlesque. As we follow these full-time performers we see them grow and evolve as artists. But we also get to see them fall in love, maintain marriages, and face the challenges of illness, all while performing nightly in clubs throughout New York. From stage life to home life, “Getting Naked” peels back the curtain on the strange and sexy sub-culture that is Burlesque.

Production Team:
James Lester, director/producer (CNN’s “Chicagoland,” HBO’s “Prayer For a Perfect Season”)
Frank Hall Green, producer (“Wildlike,” “Allegiance”)
JWJ Ferguson, cinematographer (“Am I Don Quixote”) 

About the Film:
The first burlesque show I saw I was captivated by the its cinematic possibilities: the costumes, the theatrics, the sex appeal. But the closer I got, I realized it was also about the inspiration and grit. My father is a jazz musician and as a child, I grew up in night clubs, scampering around band stands. Some of my earliest memories are red lights, smoke and the sounds of a jazz. That world was not about money, it was about expression. Burlesque reminded me of the hustle of that world. It’s alive and vibrant like nothing else.

Current Status: We have raised approximately $25,000 of our $40,000 goal on Kickstarter. Principal photography is complete. Funds are for post-production including editing, archival and music.

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