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Barbara Kopple to exec produce Maria Finitzo’s “The Dilemma of Desire”

Academy Award-winning filmmaker Barbara Kopple is to executive produce a forthcoming feature-length documentary film that advocates for the democratization of sexual pleasure. Helmed by Peabody Award-winning director Maria Finitzo and Chicago production outfit ...
March 22, 2019

Academy Award-winning filmmaker Barbara Kopple is to executive produce a forthcoming feature-length documentary film that advocates for the democratization of sexual pleasure.

Helmed by Peabody Award-winning director Maria Finitzo and Chicago production outfit Kartemquin Films, The Dilemma of Desire will explore the “clash between the power of gender politics and the equally powerful imperatives of female sexual desire.”

The film will document conceptual artist Sophia Wallace, college professor Dr. Stacey Dutton, scientist Dr. Lisa Diamond, and industrial designer and entrepreneur Ti Chang as they utilize their life’s work to alter the culture surrounding the myths and lies women have been taught about their sexual desire and their bodies.

The Dilemma of Desire is the next conversation after #MeToo and #TimesUp,” said Finitzo in a statement. “The film will push and pull on long held outdated beliefs about female desire to present the truth about what women really want. True equality will come only when society arrives at a place of understanding and acknowledgement that all women are sexual beings, entitled to live their lives fully within the expression of their desire. There can be no equality without the equality of pleasure.”

Minding the Gap‘s Diane Quon and executive Cynthia Kane (formerly of Sundance Channel and ITVS) serve as producers on the film. Kopple is executive producer.

The film’s board of advisors, meanwhile, consists of The Vagina Monologues creator Eve Ensler, feminist psychologist Carol Gilligan and Cynthia Lopez, executive director of New York Women in Film and Television.

The Dilemma of Desire is due for release in 2020 and can be supported financially via a Kickstarter campaign until April 22.

Ro*Co Films will handle worldwide sales for the film.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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