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Wet Dreams and False Images

by Jesse E Epstein

Media manipulation and body image

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Part 1 of BODY TYPED

Dee-Dee, a Brooklyn barber covers his wall with magazine pin-ups of women. He wishes that real women could look more like the images on "his wall of beauty." However, when Dee-Dee is introduced to the art of photo-retouching, his perceptions of beauty are called into question. WET DREAMS AND FALSE IMAGES is a Sundance award-winning documentary film, that uses humor to raise serious concerns about the marketplace of commercial illusion and unrealizable standards of physical perfection. The goal of this film is to start discussions about body image issues. --------- Key Areas: Body Image Films, Media Literacy, Gender Studies, Women's Studies, Educational Films

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THE BODY TYPED DVD includes all 3 short films on physical perfection:

- WET DREAMS AND FALSE IMAGES (12 Min.)

- THE GUARANTEE (11 Min.)

- 34x25x36 (8 Min.)

and DVD extras including the NY Times Video Op-Ed "Sex, Lies and Photoshop"

quoteRevealing, sensitive, and yes, funny, WET DREAMS AND FALSE IMAGES is a wonderful deconstruction of the construction of desire. I strongly recommend it as a teaching tool for academic as well as community environments.
Stephen Duncombe, Professor of Media and Cultural Studies
New York University

quoteEpstein's quirky, quietly radical film shows consciousnesses being raised right on camera, as Dee Dee learns that "my man had a lot of wet dreams, to a lot of false images". A riveting examination of how retouching has enforced an utterly unrealizable standard of female beauty, even at street level.
Kate Stables
THE GUARDIAN NEWSPAPER
full review

quoteI would love to have this film shown in my daughters middle school and my sons high school.... What an eye opener!!!! not only for women but everyone, especially young adults.We all need to see that these false images aren't
reality and that we shouldn't be striving for something thats not real.

Laurie Riley, Boulder CO

quoteThere's no intention to break this guy's love for these women, but just to show him how these women actually become what they are. And so begins an absorbing twelve minutes...<b>Wet Dreams</b> keeps it all honest...Its purpose is to educate on a matter like this and that has been accomplished exceedingly well.
Rory L. Aronsky
FILM THREAT
full review

quoteThis film makes the study of society and the media relevant to students by speaking to their everyday experiences and inspires them to speak as well -- guaranteed to spark lively classroom conversations.
Astra Taylor, Department of Sociology
SUNY New Paltz

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AWARDS & SCREENINGS:

  • Jury Award, Short Subject, The 2004 Sundance Online Film Festival
  • Grand Prize, Kodak Film Award, The Chicks with Flicks Film Festival
  • The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) Award -- 2005 top video for young adults
  • Best Use of Technology, The Urban Literary Film Festival
  • Audience Award, The Chlotrudis Short Film Festival
  • Luna Fest -- Pick*-- 5th Anniversary Screening Series
  • Rooftop Films --best short films from the 2005 screening
  • New Orleans Film Festival
  • The Mill Valley Film Festival
  • Asheville Film Festival
  • SF Underground Film Festival
  • The Seattle International Film Festival
  • The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival
  • Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival
  • Silverdocs/ AFI Dicsovery Channel Film Festival
  • NY Underground Film Festival
  • Silverlakes Film Festival

Resource Web Sites

appleAction Coalition for Media Education

appleAbout Face

appleFILM STUDY/ DISCUSSION GUIDE

appleNew York Times Video Op-ed

appleFILMS IN ACTION video study guides

FILMS IN ACTION #1: Watch. Write. Read.

FILMS IN ACTION #2: Media Literacy in the Barbershop

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Appropriate for: High School College/University

Special Features:

The New DVD has both a censored (beeped) version and non-censored. *Free STUDY/ DISCUSSION GUIDE -- Download under STUDY RESOURCES on left hand side of this page.

BODY TYPED DVD -- 3 films on 1 DVD! for $299!

Wet Dreams and False Image, The Guarantee and 34x25x36

http://www.newday.com/films/Body_Typed.html

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**Check out *NEW Screening Activities.

and the NEW INTERACTIVE WEBSITE with a media literacy/ photo-retouching video game!

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