Archive for October, 2012


Sunday, October 28th, 2012

Title: America Stripped: Naked Las Vegas

Director: David Palmer

David Palmer’s “America Stripped: Naked Las Vegas” follows photographer Greg Friedler as he undertakes a most unusual mission — trying to corral subjects of every shape and socioeconomic stature to pose for his fourth city-specific book of nudes. In doing so, the documentary assays the differences between nudity and nakedness, and also takes the elevated temperature of a highly transient town of fabricated bliss.

Friedler’s previous “Naked” books focused on New York, Los Angeles and London, with simple side-by-side black-and-white photos of subjects from all walks of life, both clothed and undressed. His plans for Las Vegas include color, perhaps unsurprisingly, but otherwise remain the same. Doing local press to help publicize his work, Friedler slowly but surely rounds up a fairly eclectic group of sitters (well, standers), including his one white whale — an Elvis impersonator. Along with the expected roster of escorts and adult industry-types (a dominatrix, a fetish companion with fangs and a woman with natural 48E breasts who wants to get them enlarged to 54GG), there’s a college professor who lost her boyfriend in the Iraq War, several musicians and casino workers, a seemingly buttoned-up lawyer whose suit covers dozens of tattoos, a homeless man, pre- and post-op transsexuals, and even a 6’7″ accountant who stops by to pose on a whim.

Palmer’s movie chronicles the photo shoots and some of Friedler’s ruminations on the process (a lack of female pubic hair seems to cut across barriers of class and occupation), while also then spinning off asides on some of the more colorful subjects. It may sound tawdry or like “art” of the most convenient, winking sort, but Friedler’s skill with portraiture and interest in the human condition come through (one participant smartly describes his work as “a book with no words that you can read”), and the film is legitimately engaging on an intellectual level.

Still, one wants more. Friedler’s parents, Cecille and Jerry, are glimpsed briefly in one little soundbite clip, but – some of its prurient delights notwithstanding — “America Stripped” would have benefited from a more committed exploration of its protagonist’s thought processes and frustrations. His sense of sincerity is readily apparent, but the specifics of some of Friedler’s feelings remain muted, even as he confesses to a rising tide of anxiety and depression just from staying in Las Vegas for the duration of his shoot. There are moments he complains about emails bouncing back and other subjects related to both his schedule and vision for the work, but Palmer pulls back politely rather than ever press the issues. An even hungrier film would have tried to strip away a bit more, and reveal more starkly its main character.

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Technical: B

Story: B+

Overall: B

Written by: Brent Simon

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America Stripped released wide.

Friday, October 26th, 2012

America Stripped: Naked Las Vegas is available “On Demand” in the US and Canada on major Satellite and Cable platforms for the next four months.  Also available on iTunes in US/Canada/UK/Ireland/Japan/Hong Kong/Australia/New Zealand and on Amazon Video - on demand.

AMERICA STRIPPED will be available nation-wide on October 22, 2012

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

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Video-On-Demand and DVD October 22, 2012

LOS ANGELES (October 2, 2012) — Following a highly successful Showtime Networks run, director David Palmer’s documentary AMERICA STRIPPED has announced a full Video-On-Demand release October 22 with Gravitas Ventures.

Palmer follows avant-garde photographer Greg Friedler as he embarks on an absurdly emotional, thirty-day rollercoaster ride to bring together 173 naked human beings of every shape, size, and walk of life. They bare all to Friedler’s lens and eventually to the world as to shoots the fourth and final book in his renowned “Naked” series in Las Vegas.

AMERICA STRIPPED: Naked Las Vegas, directed by David Palmer (HIT & RUN – Kristen Bell, Bradley Cooper, Dax Shepard, Tom Arnold) is a no holds barred, behind the curtain exploration which follows Friedler’s own personal search into the underbelly of Las Vegas to capture its diverse and at times bizarre denizens who, when stripped of clothing and society’s judgments in front of his lens, discover an even playing field of beauty, humanity and ultimately self-love.

“Vegas is a lot more than the Wynn and the Bellagio. There is a massive dichotomy that is impossible to turn a blind eye towards when venturing a block or two behind the apparent opulence and wealth of the Strip itself where you discover blown-out motels and decrepit apartment buildings. There’s nowhere else on the planet that’s like Vegas, it’s built on vibrancy and dreams, yet it can be such a struggle to live there. It’s one city in America that tests ones moral compass; you will find your weaknesses there.”
- David Palmer