Orgasm INC.

Director: Liz Canner
Running time: 78 ’ - USA, 2009

Director’s Bio
 

Canner was recently named one of the top ten independent filmmakers to watch in 2009 by The Independent Magazine and honored with a Visionary Award from Dartmouth College for the movie. Since earning her BA with Honors from Brown University in 1991, she has received more than 45 awards, honors and grants for her innovative documentary projects on human rights issues. Canner’s documentaries have been broadcast on PBS, cable stations and internationally in many countries. For her contribution to the field, Canner has been honored with a Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study (Bunting) Fellowship from Harvard University and a Rockefeller Foundation Next Generation Leadership Fellowship.



Contact Director
 
Liz Canner
PO Box 254, Norwich, VT 05055
USA
Tel: 001 -(617)733-8426
E-mail: lizcanner@astreamedia.org


Festival-Screenings-Awards
 
 

Best Feature Award at the Vermont International Film Festival

 

Best Feature Doc Award at the Southeast New England Film Festival

 

Dartmouth College Visionary Award

2010

Film Society of Lincoln Center

2010

IFFBoston

2010

International Women’s Film festival in Seoul

2010

Big Sky Documentary Film Festival

2010

Athens International Film and Video Festival

2009

IDFA (International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam)

2009

Denver Film Festival

2009

Hot Docs



Filmography
 
2009 Orgasm Inc. 
2006 Hidden Tribe 
2004 Bridges
2003 Moving Visions
2001 Symphony of a city
1996/1999 Deadly Embrace: Nicaragua, The World Bank and the IMF

Director, Producer, Editor and Cinematographer: Liz Canner

 

Executive Producers: Julie Parker Benello, Wendy Ettinger, Judith Helfand, Marc Weiss

 

Original Music: Stephanie Olmanni, Alex Barnett, Don Glasgo

 

Edited: Sandra Christie, Jeremiah Zagar

 

Sound Designer, Mixer, Editor: Tom Paul,  Erik Milano

 

Animation: Jay Beaudoin, Nicholas Fischer

 

 

 


Synopsis
 

In the shocking and hilarious documentary ORGASM INC., filmmaker Liz Canner takes a job editing erotic videos for a drug trial for a pharmaceutical company. Her employer is developing what they hope will be the first Viagra drug for women that wins FDA approval to treat a new disease: Female Sexual Dysfunction (FSD). Liz gains permission to film the company for her own documentary. Initially, she plans to create a movie about science and pleasure but she soon begins to suspect that her employer, along with a cadre of other medical companies, might be trying to take advantage of women (and potentially endanger their health) in pursuit of billion dollar profits. ORGASM INC. is a powerful look inside the medical industry and the marketing campaigns that are literally and figuratively reshaping our everyday lives around health, illness, desire -- and that ultimate moment: orgasm.



World sales
 
Becca Boswell
Astrea Media Inc.
PO Box 254, Norwich, VT 05055
USA
Tel: 001 -(802) 649-7079
E-mail: becca@astreamedia.org


Director’s Statement
 

After producing human-rights documentaries about genocide and police brutality, the violent images from my movies gave me nightmares. In order to change the script in my head, I decided that my next project had to be on the topic of female pleasure. While filming, I was offered a job editing erotic videos for a pharmaceutical company. I accepted and was permitted to film my employers for my documentary, gaining access to the secretive world of the pharmaceutical industry. I did not set out to create an exposé, but what I uncovered compelled me to keep investigating. This insider perspective allows the film to scrutinize pharmaceutical companies and to explore a culture that places profits above our health. So much for pleasure…