Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

PRIVATE PRACTICES: THE STORY OF A SEX SURROGATE

Year: 1984
Country: United States
Run Time: 75 minutes

PRIVATE PRACTICES: THE STORY OF A SEX SURROGATE

This award-winning documentary presents a non-prurient and non-judgmental view of sex surrogate therapy as practiced by Maureen Sullivan, working in conjunction with her client's psychotherapists. The film records her therapy with 2 men, 25-year-old Christopher and 45-year-old John. Christopher's shyness and fear of women and sex prevented him from dating - ever. John, a high school teacher, suffered from life-long sexual dysfunction, afraid to date after his recent divorce. In addition to showing the heartening progress the men make in releasing their emotionally crippling inhibitions, the very sensitively made film reveals Maureen's problems with personal commitment in her relationships, which led her into this unusual work.

Producer
Kirby Dick

Cinematography
Christine Burrill, Catherine Coulson

Editing
Lois Freeman, Kirby Dick

Principal Cast
Maureen Sullivan, Christopher Walker, John Christ

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