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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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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 (attached)
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 
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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What was being filmed, who was being filmed and where it was being filmed was on a need to know basis in order to protect the women and their clients. Each day was a total surprise. From the deserts in Las Vegas, to truck stops in California, to the high rises in Manhattan, and the French Quarter in New Orleans the crew woke up each day and was shocked and awed over and over again.See more »


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A Candid and Moving Glimpse Of Sex Work, 20 July 2013
Author: Ray Aldred

When one looks for documentaries about the sex industry or what it's like to be a sex worker, usually they find something done by outsiders (ie. reporters, investigative journalists, and so on), but American Courtesans breaks this trend. It is a heartfelt, provocative, moving and revealing documentary comprised primarily of interviews with workers in the sex trade, in their own voices. The viewer is taken into the lives of those in the sex trade, as they reveal the intricate details of their lives from births, through childhood, and into their adult years. Keenly aware of the stereotype that those in the sex trade are forced or coerced into entering their profession, all of the interviewees demand that their decision to enter the sex industry was just that, a decision. It is a decision based on their past and present constraints. This film, in part, helps one understand some of these constraints.

At times, the narratives are tragic and incredibly moving, as some of the interviews reveal some dark memories of assault and violence. My heart nearly broke as one Kristen DiAngelo (the producer of the film) bravely tells, in tears and in great detail, how she was the victim of violent assault. But her story does not end there; DiAngelo later reveals the steps she took to cope with her traumatic past, and empower herself. At other times, the stories take a surprisingly humorous turn. Indeed, one can't help but conclude that these lives are not simply defined by tragedy, but also triumph, humor, resilience and compassion.

American Courtesans is a film that reveals the striking details of those in the sex trade. It traverses the terrain of their lives, and gives a human face to the industry. At the same time, it reveals the diversity in backgrounds, histories, and perspectives of the participants. I enjoyed the film for it's candidness and the remarkable courage these women had for agreeing to be interviewed for the film. As such, I would recommend this movie to any person interested in knowing the stories and lives of some of those in the sex trade. All in all it is a great documentary.

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