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Exotic World & the Burlesque Revival: An Urgent Appeal to the Community

Exotic World & the Burlesque Revival: An Urgent Appeal to the Community

21st Century Burlesque Magazine
Exotic World & the Burlesque Revival: An Urgent Appeal to the Community

This beautiful film is a labour of love that had the entire theatre in tears when it premiered at BHoF. But if it does not receive the final funding it needs within 6 days, you will never get to see it. Please give something – whatever you can give – and support the team that have worked so hard, and ensure that everyone can enjoy and be inspired by this film. Let’s make this a community effort – many of us would not be where we are if it were it not for the individuals documented in this film and the people who document our history…

Holli-Mae and Team x

Read on for more information and CLICK HERE TO MAKE A DONATION.

Exotic World and the Burlesque Revival is a documentary about former striptease dancer Dixie Evans (the Marilyn Monroe of Burlesque), who uses her social security check to transform a goat farm in the middle of the Mojave Desert into the world’s only museum devoted to striptease.

As she builds the museum—called Exotic World—Evans becomes a fairy godmother to growing numbers of young women investigating vintage burlesque. Drawn by the wit, moves, and power of burlesque as a feminine erotic craft, young women begin making pilgrimages to Exotic World and Evans’ goat farm becomes ground zero of the largest burlesque revival since the 1940s.

The film captures the emergence of this inter-generational subculture at Exotic World, the histories of striptease dancers who worked during the Cold War era, as well as young women’s DIY representations of erotic femininity today.

We must raise $25,000 to release this film! Our campaign covers a portion of what we need for finishing costs (mastering, archival footage, music licensing, color correction, etc.) and anything over our goal will go towards the other major aspects of releasing the film like: festival applications, distribution, etc.


Stars of the film include:

Dixie Evans, Satan’s Angel, Tempest Storm, Bambi Jones, Tura Satana, Kitten Natividad, Dirty Martini, World Famous *BOB*, Indigo Blue, and narrated by Margaret Cho.

The Filmmakers:

See Also
Midnite Martini at the Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend Tournament of Tease in The Orleans Showroom, Las Vegas. ©Chris Harman/Harman House Photography for 21st Century Burlesque Magazine. Not to be used without permission.

Producer/Director Red Tremmel is a Professor of history, sexuality, gender, and leisure, who received a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. Red is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor at Tulane University in New Orleans and a fellow of Columbia College’s Ellen Stone Belic Institute for the Study of Women and Gender in the Arts and Media Fellowship Program. Red has taught at The Evergreen State College and Portland State University and been funded by the Social Science Research Council’s Sexuality Research Fellowship Program; the University of Chicago’s Center for Gender Studies Fellowship Program; the James Hormel Sexuality Fellowship Program; and, the Lesbian and Gay Studies Project.

Co-Producer/Story Editor Courtney Hermann is an independent documentary filmmaker and educator from Portland, Oregon. Courtney holds an MFA in Film and Video Production from Columbia College Chicago and is the Assistant Department Director of and a faculty member in the Digital Film and Video department at the Art Institute of Portland. Courtney produced the award-winning documentary Standing Silent Nation, which aired nationally on PBS’s Emmy-award winning documentary series, P.O.V. Praised by The New York Times, the documentary was featured at the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C., and won the audience award at several film festivals, including the Sedona International Film Festival.

Editor Kerribeth Elliott is a freelance media producer and editor from Portland, Oregon. Kerribeth holds a BA in Film and Video Production from Columbia College in Chicago. Kerribeth crewed on the award-winning documentary Standing Silent Nation in several different capacities from development to distribution.

Co-Producer/Assistant Director Gwen Lis is an independent documentary filmmaker and currently owns a videography company in New England. Gwen holds a BA from Sarah Lawrence College and is a graduate of NYC’s Avid Media Video Editing Master Program.

Post-Production Coordinator Ali Cotterill is a film and video editor out of Brooklyn, NY. Ali earned undergraduate degrees in English and Gender Studies from Oberlin College, and in Digital Film and Video from the Art Institute of Portland. Ali’s films have screened internationally at 100+ festivals, including six international touring programs, as well as on Logo TV and Current TV.

The Crew: Producer/Director Red Tremmel; Co-Producers Jessica Halem, Courtney Hermann, Gwen Locke Lis; Editor Kerribeth Elliott; Story Editor Courtney Hermann; Assistant Director Gwen Locke Lis; Director of Photography MJ Rizk; Camera Operators Ronit Bezalel, Kerribeth Elliott, Courtney Hermann, Gwen Locke Lis; Production Sound Ronit Bezalel, Kerribeth Elliott, Courtney Hermann, Gwen Locke Lis; Production Assistants KJ Mohr, Lisa Samra; Post-Production Coordination Ali Cotterill; Sound Designer Colin O’Neill; Post-Production Assistance Jessy Hoffman, Ruth Robbins; Interns Nat Wall, Jennie Rose Comfort Willingham; Music Bell Plaines.

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