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Naked Ambition: An R Rated Look at an X Rated Industry -- Noted Celebrity Photographer, Michael Grecco, sets out to capture the essence of the AVN Awards and Convention where the best in American Pornography is displayed, celebrated and honored.

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Noted Celebrity Photographer, Michael Grecco, sets out to capture the essence of the AVN Awards and Convention where the best in American Pornography is displayed, celebrated and honored. | Add synopsis »
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 (From IFC. 6 May 2009, 4:12 PM, PDT)

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Cast

  (in credits order)
Michael Grecco ... Himself - Narrator

Tera Patrick ... Herself - Owner, Teravision

Evan Seinfeld ... Himself - Owner, Teravision
Simon Karmarkar ... Himself - Please Her Shoes
David Lee ... Himself - Creator, Tender Lover
Heather Veitch ... Herself - Christian Outreach Ministry (as JC's Girls)
Tanya Huerter ... Herself - Christian Outreach Ministry (as JC's Girls)
Lori Albee ... Herself - Christian Outreach Ministry (as JC's Girls)
Rick Plank ... Himself - Phallix Glass

Jesse Jane ... Herself - 2006 AVN Awards Host
Paul Fishbein ... Himself - President of AVN
Sunny Lane ... Herself - Best New Starlet Nominee

Joanna Angel ... Herself - Best New Starlet Nominee

Nautica Thorn ... Herself - Best Crossover Nominee
Matt McMullen ... Himself - The Real Doll
Diamond Back Annie ... Herself - Employee, JT's Stockroom (as Diamondback Annie)
Lucky Lana ... Herself - Employee, JT's Stockroom
Grand Maitre de Valmont ... Himself - La Mansion de Valmont
Bing ... Himself - Producer & Cameraman (as 'Bing XXX')
Rob Rotten ... Himself - Performer & Producer

Phyllisha Anne ... Herself - Performer
Satisfaction ... Herself - Performer
Luc Wylder ... Himself - Director (as Luc Wilder)
Alexandra Silk ... Herself - Performer

Janine Lindemulder ... Herself - Best Actress Nominee

Julia Ann ... Herself - Performer
Ross Winner ... Himself - Owner, Love Stuff Adult Stores

Peter North ... Himself - Performer & Producer
Suzuki ... Himself - Performer

Randy West ... Himself - Performer & Producer
Steve Hirsch ... Himself - President, Vivid Video
Mike Hodges ... Himself - Sunny Lane's Father
Shelby Hodges ... Herself - Sunny Lane's Mother
Brittney Skye ... Herself - Performer
Greg Fitzsimmons ... Himself - 2006 AVN Awards Host
Sandee Westgate ... Herself - Award Presenter

Evan Stone ... Himself - Performer

Stormy Daniels ... Herself - Best Supporting Actress Winner

Ron Jeremy ... Himself - Award Presenter

Mary Carey ... Herself - Award Presenter

Paul Thomas ... Himself - Director

Jenna Jameson ... Herself - Performer

Larry Flynt ... Himself - Publisher, Hustler
Cytherea ... Herself - Award Presenter
McKenzie Lee ... Herself - Best New Starlet Winner

Directed by
Michael Grecco 
 
Writing credits
Charles Holland (written by)

Produced by
Catherine Eng .... line producer
Laurie Goldfarb .... line producer
Michael Grecco .... executive producer
Charles Holland .... producer
Jeremy Troy .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Jens Funke 
Josef Peters  (as Joey Peters)
 
Cinematography by
Peter Blaha 
Kevin González 
Ken Kobre 
 
Film Editing by
Jeremy Troy 
 
Production Management
Bryan Postlethwait .... executive in charge of production
 
Sound Department
Tony Mederos .... sound mixer
Steven Nafshun .... voiceover recordist (as Steve Nafshun)
 
Music Department
Nic Harcourt .... music supervisor
 
Other crew
Charles Holland .... production legal
Robert J. Reicher .... custodian of records
Robert J. Reicher .... production legal
 
Thanks
Paul Fishbein .... very special thanks
Bryan Postlethwait .... very special thanks
 

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MPAA:
Rated R for pervasive strong sexual content, nudity and language
Runtime:
USA:81 min | USA:81 min (original version)
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Certification:
USA:R (certificate #45332)

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21 out of 34 people found the following review useful.
This Film Stinks., 17 June 2011
Author: anchovyd from United States

Where do I begin... I can't believe that I let my old lady talk me into watching this after we were ten minutes into Kansas City Confidential. The 10 minutes of nagging about Black and White, old 50's movies and Jack Elam's crazy eye made me give up and go to this newfangled color movie from 2009.

First off this is not a documentary on the Adult Video Awards. It is a documentary of a guy trying to photograph porn actresses at the convention and awards show. So right off the bat I am wondering about why I am watching this. Who cares about the travails of a photographer trying to shoot a coffee table book about the adult convention and awards show.

Next, who are these actresses? Notice that I didn't call 'em stars. Stars are people like Seka, Desiree Cousteau, Christy Canyon, not Sunny Lane, and some tatted out goth chick. Strike two. I don't care about his subjects.

Now on to strike three, the narrator/photographer Michael Grecco stinks from every angle. He is pretentious, arrogant, condescending and with no reason. His photography skills are weak. To make it more painful after every session with an actress he shows some stills with a fast moving Ken Burns effect and he gloats proudly over his sorry photos. He is no Joe McNally.

Strike four, his narration is sad. I mean dude, learn to describe peoples personality and the vibe from the AVN awards. This guy basically says the same thing about every actress, actor and the whole AVN awards show: "She is so Punk Rock, He is so Punk Rock, The AVN Awards show is like a Punk Rock Academy Awards." Get over it. It is 2011 not New York in 74 with the Dolls playing in the background.

The only quasi-interesting thing was that most of the Actors he had were actually old school guys like Peter North, Eric Edwards and of course The Hedgehog. Where are the old school actresses from the golden age? Nothing but the new chicks who sit in front of a webcam all day. Lame.

With all these strikes, this film needs to be removed from Netflix, the Library of Congress and quite possibly the face of the earth.

My recommendation is to stay away from this one like the plague. I wish I would've stuck to my guns last night and watched K.C. Confidential. Noir is way better that this "new" garbage.

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