"IF WE AS WOMEN FIND OUT ABOUT OUR SEXUAL NEEDS, DOESN'T THAT MAKE US EQUAL TO MEN? I THINK THAT'S WHAT MEN FEAR THE MOST. BECAUSE IF WE BECOME EQUAL THEN WE DESERVE RIGHTS." — Student at Clitical Thinking Discussion
OUTREACH AND ENGAGEMENT
Our goal is to get society talking about the hidden truths around female sexual desire. We recently added Impact Producer Shelby Knox (AUDRIE & DAISY) to help us develop a grassroots impact campaign around women and gender equality with the goal of correcting how sex education is taught in schools across North America and potentially the rest of the world. (Shelby was also the subject of the 2005 documentary film THE EDUCATION OF SHELBY KNOX which chronicled her efforts as a student while at her Texas high school to get comprehensive sex education taught in Lubbock's public schools). Getting this film to young women coming of age is important in helping them navigate the sexually charged landscape we are all living in. A core rallying cry of this campaign is #TellHerTheTruth. Using the tools of social media, in partnership with our stakeholders, we will create carefully curated information about the truth of women’s sexual anatomy that includes the accurate depiction of the clitoris and information about its function. Having a way to access information on a trusted platform will be critical to #TellHerTheTruth. In North America, we will measure success as the day when every young woman entering her first year in high school knows the truth of her anatomy.
Outreach planning has already begun. Working closely with Cynthia Lopez (Former Commissioner at New York City Mayor's Officer of Media and Entertainment), we are building an advisory committee. Other formative partners include the Woodhull Freedom Foundation, the Center for the Study of Sexuality and Gender at the University of Chicago, the Center for the Study of Sexual Culture at the University of California, the International Council on Human Rights, Kinsey Institute at Indiana University, NOW, and the YMCA/YWCA to name only a few. These partners will help us host influencer screenings nationwide, host meaningful conversations with key audience segments, build screening and social media tool kits, create educational and discussion guides, and help with impact measurement. In addition, we will host screenings at universities with gender studies programs and conferences targeted to women.
We want the film to be a catalyst for a thoughtful conversation about female sexual desire that is informed by the current political and sexual landscape. We want our audience to leave our screenings empowered by our message that agency over one’s sexual desire is a basic human right. The 58th Natural Law of CLITERACY states: Democracy without Cliteracy? Phallusy. Cliteracy=Equality=Freedom.
THE DILEMMA OF DESIRE TEAM
DIRECTOR/PRODUCER: Maria Finitzo is a two-time Peabody Award-winning social issue documentary filmmaker whose 26 years as a documentary filmmaker has resulted in a body of work that has won every major broadcast award including most recently the Alfred I. duPont Award and has been screened in festivals and theaters around the world. Finitzo’s films have tackled a variety of subjects from the controversial science of stem cell research and the complex questions surrounding the command and control of nuclear weapons to the psychology of adolescent girls, each film demonstrating a depth and breadth of knowledge and expertise. She is a long time associate of the award-winning documentary company, Kartemquin Films, one of the oldest and most respected social issue documentary film companies in the country.
PRODUCER: Diane Quon lived in Los Angeles for over 17 years before moving back to her hometown of Chicago. While in LA, Quon worked at NBC and at Paramount Pictures where she was last the Vice President of Marketing. Quon is producing multiple documentaries with Kartemquin Films including the 2018 Oscar-nominated and Sundance award-winning film, MINDING THE GAP, directed by Bing Liu; LEFT-HANDED PIANIST along with Chicago Tribune arts critic Howard Reich, and co-directed by Leslie Simmer and Kartemquin founder Gordon Quinn; THE DILEMMA OF DESIRE with Peabody Award-winning director Maria Finitzo; and FINDING YINGYING by first time director, Jiayan “Jenny” Shi. Quon is a 2017 and 2018 Film Independent Fellow and is currently developing a fiction film based on a New York Times best-selling book.
PRODUCER: Cynthia Kane created DOCday on Sundance Channel, shepherded over 150 international and U.S. co-productions for public media at ITVS, and at Al Jazeera America was Senior Producer in the Documentary Unit overseeing Kartemquin’s series HARD EARNED (2016 Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia Award), Albert Maysles’ final work, IN TRANSIT, Leon Gast’s SPORTING DREAMS, Barbara Kopple’s SHELTER, Jennifer Maytorena Taylor’s DAISY AND MAX, Michelle Shephard and Patrick Reed’s GUANTANAMO’S CHILD, Marc Levin’s FREEWAY: CRACK IN THE SYSTEM among others. With gbgg productions and Les Film de l’Après Midi, Kane executive produced, NEW EYES, director: Hiwot Admasu Getaneh, (Venice, TIFF, Rotterdam.) Kane joined forces with former NYC Film Commissioner Cynthia Lopez as creative consultants for Zeva Oelbaum and Sabine Krayenbühl's LETTERS FROM BAGHDAD about the extraordinary life and times of Gertrude Bell.
EDITOR: Liz Kaar is an independent filmmaker and editor based in Chicago. She has worked closely with Chicago's documentary powerhouse Kartemquin Films for the last decade, and most recently co-directed and edited HARD EARNED, the company's six-part series about people living on low wages across the US, airing on Al Jazeera America. The series won a prestigious Alfred I. Dupont-Columbia Journalism Award in 2016 and was nominated for an IDA award. She is currently directing, producing, shooting and editing STRANDED BY THE STATE, a web series and TV miniseries, about the human cost of the almost two-year Illinois budget impasse, the longest a state has gone without a budget since the Great Depression. In the past, she edited and associate-produced the music documentary ANDREW BIRD: FEVER YEAR, festival-favorite ON BEAUTY, and was lead editor for the web series VETERANS COMING HOME. She also edited Kartemquin's TYPEFACE and IN THE GAME. Kaar was Director of Post-Production at Kartemquin Films from 2008-2012 and has also produced and directed non-profit videos for such organizations as the CDC, Illinois Department of Public Health, and the Newberry Library. Fluent in Spanish, her next project will be completing her film THREADS about women engaged in a fair trade business together, connecting the mountainside communities of Guatemala to downtown Chicago.