This One's For The Ladies
When they need an escape, a group of New Jersey women funnel anxiously into a former karate dojo to visit the Nasty Boyz, male exotic dancers who specialize in satisfying desires. Narratives from regulars illustrate the bonds formed though women exploring their sexuality, while also highlighting social issues in low-income communities.
Winner of the Special Jury Award at the 2018 SXSW Film Festival.
Under the fluorescent green lighting of a former children's karate dojo, women gather to escape reality with the New Jersey Nasty Boyz. Founding members Omar and Obar, known as Raw Dawg and Tygar realized their calling by dancing at house parties, and expanded their business to become local royalty and make up to $1,000 a night. The club stands as a place where women drop their given names and take on alter egos that embrace their sexuality and seek to be entertained to the fullest. Accounts from club regulars Pretty Hair, Poundcake, C-Pudding, and Double Trouble give a firsthand look into sitting in the white folding chairs of the "Super Freaks Section." Here, anything goes, and tips are not casually thrown, but must be earned through fantasy fulfillment. The community formed in the club is not limited to inside its walls, as the film also gives an intimate look into the hardships of contemporary black communities through its subjects' personal narratives. Director Gene Graham creates an enlightening and highly entertaining documentary picture that reveals the humanizing reality behind the lifestyles of male and female exotic dancers and those who worship their craft.
Beginning his career in cinematography by editing and producing independent features by director Maurice Jamal, Gene Graham now has over 12 years of experience in the industry. He now has ten films that bear his signature, two of which for direction, including his current feature, This One's for the Ladies. He is a Brooklyn-based filmmaker who aims to start conversation surrounding racial disparities among other social issues illustrated in his work.
Sponsored by Red Element Studios
- Director: Gene Graham
- Principal Cast: C-Pudding, Poundcake, Tyga & Raw Dawg, Sweet Tea
- Premiere Status: Seattle
- Country: USA
- Year: 2016
- Running Time: 82 minutes
- Producer: Gene Graham, Paul Rowley
- Cinematographers: Paul Rowley
- Editors: Gene Graham
- Website: Official Film Website
- Awards: SXSW Film Festival 2018 (Best Cast, Special Jury Award)
- Filmography: The Godfather of Disco (2007)
- Language: English
- Format: DCP
- US Distributor: NEON