Posts tagged Documentary.
P.O.P. (Power of Pussy) Magic City Strippers part 2 of 3 by Artemus Jenkins
A few weeks ago I linked to the first part of this documentary web series on strippers who work or used to work at Magic City Strip Club in Atlanta. Mr Jenkins, the director, was kind enough to let me know that the second part of the doc is now up.
Blurb is as follows:
In this second episode, we move on from why one became a stripper to how the strippers view themselves, as either strippers or entertainers, and they give us an insight on how they move up the ladder of being recognized and also they talk about learning to twerk their bootys, and what’s the difference between big booty girls and skinny girls.
This part of the doc focuses on the dance training, technique, and personality requirements of being a good stripper. Among the dancers featured is the “Snap Back” crew, though lord knows I kept thinking they were saying “Snack Pack” the whole damn time:). The doc follows them as they come up with moves and routines; and practice them. I had not realized how much sheer strength it takes to perform the poses and routines that they do, now I am enlightened as to why pole dancing exercise has become a thing. They mention that a lot of them are gymnasts or dancers and that experience and body training helps with their form and flexibility.
There is also a discussion of dancer body types, including a bit of myth busting about whether or not skinny girls can be successful strippers.
Three cheers for darkskinned girls being among the interviewees in this section: Virgo and NuNu and Ms Molly.
For the most part, the doc concludes, dancers have to learn routines by observing their peers and practicing, although in the first part we learned about a former dancer who runs a school for aspiring strippers to learn how to dance. And there is a twerking lesson to close it all off.
On the technical side: Still continues to be wellshot and edited, though I wish that lower third name tags were distributed throughout the doc to help viewers remember who was who. I really like the colorgrading and lighting choices in here. Made the dancers skin colors look good and the environment in the changing rooms and locker rooms look fairly attractive.
As a wrap up? I found the episode informative and fascinating, and the dancers had interesting personalities and were awesome to watch as they showed off their skills. Looking forward to the next installment.
As per usual, I do request the following: Nonblack people? Please refrain from racist, misogynistic assholery. Subscribers to respectability politics? Please refrain from misogynistic, classist assholery. Misogynistic pestilences? Please refrain from anti-woman assholery. In short, assholes of all descriptions? Shut the fuck up. Thank you.
*the original post deleting mines
Film Recommendation of the Week
Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present
Matthew Akers, 2012
The Scars of Stop-and-Frisk: A short documentary film on New York’s stop-and-frisk policing focuses on Tyquan Brehon, a young man in Brooklyn who says he was stopped more than 60 times before age 18.
The Shock Doctrine: documentary based on the book by Naomi Klein, which chronicles the history and effects of neo-liberal economic policy - how it leads to poverty and repression, and how its proponents take advantage of crises and disasters to implement mass privatization. The film traces a trend of mass privatization and corporate re-engineering of societies during times of crisis from Milton Freidman’s influence on Pinochet’s Chile, through the Thatcher and Reagan administrations and the fall of the Soviet Union, to the war on terror and the 2008 financial collapse.
It also shows how attempts at radical privatization and deregulation have lead to crippling wealth disparity, and eventually violent repression of popular resistance.
watching now while i do my hurr.