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American Courtesans -- American Courtesans takes you into the lives of American Sex Workers. These women candidly discuss with what brought them to the doors of the sex trade, what they found when they got there, and why they stayed.


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Kristen DiAngelo (writer) &
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American Courtesans is a feature documentary that takes you into the lives of American Sex Workers. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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scary headless women are coming to kill you
 (From FlickFilosopher. 4 August 2013, 1:14 PM, PDT)

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Powerful, heart breaking and provocative at the same time See more (10 total) »



Norma Jean Almodovar ... Herself

Pearl Callahan ... Herself

Juliet Capulet ... Herself

Tamsen Crown ... Herself

Skylar Cruz ... Herself

Gina DePalma ... Herself (as Gina De Palma)

Kristen DiAngelo ... Herself

Emma DuPree ... Herself
Helen Ewing ... Hippie Chick

Hilary Holiday ... Herself

Erin Marxx ... Herself
Sara Munoz Perry ... Street Prostitute
Bob Poirier ... Man with the light

Jacob Polstra ... Hippie Dude
Gina Robinson ... Herself

Directed by
James Johnson 
Writing credits
Kristen DiAngelo (writer) &
James Johnson (writer)

Produced by
Kristen DiAngelo .... executive producer
Kristen DiAngelo .... producer
James Johnson .... producer
Original Music by
Jeff Tolbert 
Cinematography by
Laleh Soomekh 
Film Editing by
Bob Poirier  (as Bobby R. Poirier)
Makeup Department
Bic Vu .... makeup artist
Sound Department
Eric I. Bucklin .... sound editor
Eric I. Bucklin .... sound mixer
Eric I. Bucklin .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Harold Escotet .... camera operator
Alex Ojeda .... gaffer
Kahleem Poole .... camera operator
Editorial Department
Leore Berris .... post coordinator
Tiffany Dixon .... on-line assistant editor
Colin Hawes .... on-line editor

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90 min
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American Courtesans was filmed in six different states and with Sex Workers who came from all across the US. Through an underground of escorts and their clients these women were able to connect and form a unit.See more »


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9 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Powerful, heart breaking and provocative at the same time, 19 February 2013
Author: janavargas796 from Mesa, AZ United States

I was lucky enough to catch American Courtesans at the Bloody Hero Film Festival in Phoenix Arizona, and although I don't usually write reviews, I decided that on this film I would. I went to the viewing expecting a docudrama with a hard sell for legalization since the film was "from within the industry", or at least that's how it was promoted. However, by the end I had a totally different take on American Courtesans and the escort industry as a whole.

As a woman, I found the film disturbing, but not in a bad way. I found myself thinking back over my life and my struggles and relating to issues these women face. I went home that night, and scenes I saw in the film keep replaying in my head unsettling me. I think what bothered me the most was that after watching American Courtesans, I couldn't believe how brainwashed I had been by traditional media, that loves to hate these women.

The film is a moving piece and people seemed to either love it, or hate it. I saw both people who got up and walked out, uncomfortable with the emotional content (hard to watch as it pulls at your heart strings), and others who sat there crying or with mouths open. It is a film that definitely makes you think and re-evaluate our take on Sex Workers. In fact, it seemed to call in to question quite a few of my beliefs about an industry I thought I knew something about.

The visuals were beautiful and the story was compelling. I found it honest, almost to a fault, candid, and rather selfless as I believe that these women took a large risk speaking out. All in all, this is a much watch film if you want to see a more realistic side of the Sex Industry today.

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