Cleveland International Film Festival } March 25 – April 5, 2020 } Tower City Cinemas

Getting Naked: A Burlesque Story


Year: 2017
Country: USA
Run Time: 86 minutes

Getting Naked: A Burlesque Story
Getting Naked: A Burlesque Story
Getting Naked: A Burlesque Story

To neo-burlesque pioneer Julie Atlas Muz, it takes three things to be a performer: “You need to get a costume; you need to get a gimmick; and then you need to just get up onstage and have the balls to do it.” Such creative chutzpah is on display throughout GETTING NAKED, a behind-the-scenes documentary focused on New York City’s bold and diverse burlesque community. The film profiles several hard-working performers, all of whom have fascinating stories to share. There’s unassuming Hazel Honeysuckle, an ambitious newcomer striving to improve her craft and earn respect; Minnie Tonka (a.k.a. one half of veteran act The Schlep Sisters), who is forced to balance her love of burlesque with health and financial issues; and tough Gal Friday, a striking dancer yearning to push the boundaries of her persona. GETTING NAKED underscores burlesque’s artistry and rich history, while painting a realistic picture about the grit and glamour involved with performing. —A.Z.

CIFF42 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Friday, April 06, 2018 at 8:45 PM

Saturday, April 07, 2018 at 11:25 AM

Beachland Ballroom & Tavern

Sunday, April 08, 2018 at 7:45 PM

10% Cinema
Film Is Art
Women of the World

Ad Hoc Docs Competition

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James Lester

James Lester is a native New Yorker. His work as a producer and editor has been featured on networks such as HBO, AMC, PBS, NBC, and Sundance Channel. Before working in film and television, Lester studied piano and composition.


James Lester, Frank Hall Green, Chandra C. Silver, Susan Wrubel

James Lester, JWJ Ferguson, Mitch Blummer

Emmanuel Nomikos, James Lester, Meg Reticker

Gal Friday, Hazel Honeysuckle, Minnie Tonka, Darlinda Just Darlinda

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