Synopsis by Mark Deming
Filmmaker Louisa Achille looks at the changing role of women in the adult film industry in this documentary. While for years the conventional wisdom was that women were physically and psychologically abused within the porn business, The Naked Feminist focuses on women who have learned to succeed on their own terms in the business of adult films. Among Achille's interview subjects are actresses Marilyn Chambers and Christi Lake, performance artist Annie Sprinkle, porn star-turned-director and producer Jane Hamilton, and Sharon Mitchell, a former adult film star who now runs the Adult Industry Medical HealthCare Foundation, a industry watchdog group which administers AIDS tests to performers. The Naked Feminist was screened at the 2004 South by Southwest Film Festival.
AIDS, empowerment, feminism, film-industry, interview, pornography, women's-issues