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Film Review: 'Aroused'

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★★★☆☆Recognised for her work as a multimedia artist and candid photographer of A-list celebrities, Deborah Anderson follows up her renowned art books Room 23 and Paper Thin with her first feature documentary: the intimate, provocative Aroused (2013), an inquisitive study of a selection of women in the adult film industry. Arranging snippets of interviews she shares with sixteen of the most successful women in porn, Anderson's debut is less a full-scale investigation of that particular industry and the effects it has had on those involved, but more of an in-depth portrait of the women she's chosen to shed light on.
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Details Released For Deborah Anderson’s Doc ‘Aroused’

This December 13th, Metrodome are set to release Deborah Anderson’s documentary Aroused, a film that explores the controversial subject matter of women in the adult entertainment industry but in a new light.

Anderson is a renowned celebrity photographer and multimedia artist and this is her first feature length documentary. Ordinarily, she looks at the lives of A-list celebrities and high profile artists but this time she set out to explore the sensual side of sixteen of the most successful women in the adult film industry, and consequently create a Fine Art coffee table book.

What she ended up with was not only a beautiful and uniquely shot book, but an insightful and intriguing documentary about these women. Aroused was filmed in its entirety during 8 days, with 3 hours spent on each girl on set in which she had to find out who they were, and then do a photo shoot for each of them.
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"Aroused" Raises Hard Questions About the Adult Film Industry

Aroused is the directorial debut of photographer Deborah Anderson, and for her first film, she created a documentary about women working in the adult film industry. Anderson invited a wide range of adult film actresses to talk about their life and careers and then later participate in an intimate photo shoot. Instead of defining these women solely by their profession, Anderson sought to give a fuller picture of these women and their lives. What kind of family life did they have growing up? Did they have a lot of siblings? Are they close to their parents?

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Deborah Anderson's new book and film 'Aroused' reveal secret lives of porn stars

Deborah Anderson's new book and film 'Aroused' reveal secret lives of porn stars
New York, May 05: Director Deborah Anderson, a celeb and fashion photographer, whose work has graced the pages of everything from Vanity Fair to Playboy, has described her new photo book and documentary- Aroused- as "an under-the-covers view of women in the porn industry."

The book looks at how the porn actors, often deemed victims or fringe performers, see themselves, the New York Daily reported.

Superstar Kayden Kross told the publication that she didn't get into porn because she was desperate, but because she was bored.

She said she had an education, and nothing else appealed to her like this. She added that she likes.
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Review: 'Aroused' A Desperate Attempt To Be Revealing About An Already-Revealing Industry

There’s a probing, but flattering documentary yet to be made about the secret lives of porn stars. Unfortunately, “Aroused,” the directorial debut of photographer Deborah Anderson, is not it. This mostly black-and-white documentary boasts what pretends to be an uncensored look at the inner lives of porn stars, ostensibly a side project along to Anderson’s evocative primary skill. She brands them “some of the most successful women in the business of sex,” but the sixteen performers selected for showcase seem to be secondary to Anderson’s elaborate set-up. What follows is mostly a free-form discussion with what is quickly becoming the narrow world of “mainstream” heterosexual pornography. The focus is on “contract girls,” those who have been selected to be the face of a certain company. Predictably, most are white, though the greatest insights into their childhood come from French-speaking Asian performer Katsuni, but her early revelation of
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New documentary reveals secret lives of porn stars

New documentary reveals secret lives of porn stars
New York, May 3: To find out what makes young, pretty, good girls pursue careers in porn, photographer and filmmaker Deborah Anderson has made a documentary and fine-art photography book on the subject.

'Aroused' opened in select theaters on Thursday and is available for download on iTunes. The book is available on Amazon.

Anderson was inspired to explore these women's stories after casting a porn star in a photo shoot for a magazine, according to the Huffington Post.

She was struck by the woman's warm personality and her stories of harsh treatment from the public despite contributing to a widely consumed product.
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Aroused – The Review

Look at that poster below. Look at the “artful” way the cursive “A” conforms to the buttocks of the model they’ve used to stand in for the sixteen porn stars interviewed in this documentary. The website (Nsfw) for The Aroused Project claims that it’s about “the lost sensuality of a woman.” The implication, to me at least, is that pornography has warped sensuality and sexuality into commodification, and that director Deborah Anderson seeks to pierce that cultural norm by talking to “the real women” behind these cheesy stage names.

Maybe. There’s a blurry line between honest artistic intent and just another form of exploitation. In either case, this isn’t really what these women are “really” like. They might be opening up about their lives and personal philosophies, but it’s still in a carefully constructed environment, and their confessions are filtered through the sensibilities of the filmmakers.
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Everything You've Ever Wanted To Know About Porn Stars

Everything You've Ever Wanted To Know About Porn Stars
Los Angeles -- Ever wonder what makes young, pretty, "good" girls pursue careers in porn?

So did Deborah Anderson, that's why she made a documentary and fine-art photography book on the subject. "Aroused" opens in select theaters Thursday and is available for download on iTunes. The book is available on Amazon.

Many of the 16 adult-film actresses featured in "Aroused" attended the film's premiere Wednesday night at the Landmark Theatre and hung around afterward to autograph the coffee-table book.

Anderson was inspired to explore these women's stories after casting a porn star in a photo shoot for a magazine. She was struck by the woman's warm personality and her stories of harsh treatment from the public despite contributing to a widely consumed product of a billion-dollar industry.

Porn stars are not failed actresses. They enjoy their work and see off-duty sex as having nothing to do with their day jobs. All have had sexually-transmitted diseases.
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Porn Doc Aroused Is Deep as Tube of Lipstick

Porn Doc Aroused Is Deep as Tube of Lipstick
Here are the revelations on offer in Aroused, a first feature from celebrity photographer Deborah Anderson that aspires to be a consciousness-raising documentary but is only as deep as a tube of lipstick: Porn actresses are real people. They have childhoods and partners and friends. Some come from broken homes. Many face stigma from "civilians" for their profession. The unjust paradox Aroused obsesses over and hopes to dismantle is our culture's sexual dependence on the very women it scorns for their promiscuity. Anderson's solution is to present 16 porn actresses in a different visual context—think "perfume-ad erotica"—and allow them to speak frankly about their lives and their work. Sixteen is a lot of women to meet in just 69 (heh) minutes, so Aroused </...
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Exclusive: Clip From Aroused Shows Secret Lives of Porn Stars

Exclusive: Clip From Aroused Shows Secret Lives of Porn Stars
It’s not every day that there’s a documentary that exposes the lives of porn stars. But “Aroused” is just the documentary to do it. The film, directed by Deborah Anderson, stars many of today’s porn stars: Belladonna, Kayden Kross, Lisa Ann, Katsumi, Teagan, Ash Hollywood, Misty Stone, Tanya Tate, Asphyxia, Jesse Jane, Francesca Le, Lexi Belle, April O’Neil, Brooklyn Lee, Allie Haze, Alexis Texas and Fran Amidor. “Get up close and personal with 16 of the most successful women in the adult film industry as they shed their clothes for an intimate photo shoot with director Deborah Anderson. As questions are asked, personal stories about their lives are revealed, from [ Read More ]

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Aroused Movie Review

Aroused Movie Review
Title: Aroused Directed by: Deborah Anderson Starring: Belladonna, Kayden Kross, Lisa Ann, Katsumi, Teagan Presley, Ash Hollywood, Misty Stone, Tanya Tate, Asphyxia, Jesse Jane, Francesca Le, Lexi Belle, April O’Neil, Brooklyn Lee, Allie Haze, Alexis Texas and Fran Amidor. Running time: 73 minutes, Unrated, Available on VOD 04/04/13 & in theaters 05/03/13 Photographer Deborah Anderson creates a documentary on the production of her upcoming fine art photography book where the subjects are 16 successful women in the adult film industry. Filmed mostly in black and white, Director Deborah Anderson interviews porn star actresses as they get their hair and make-up done and talk about how they grew up, how they [ Read More ]

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Exclusive: Aroused Poster

Exclusive: Aroused Poster
Get up close and personal with 16 of the most successful women in the Adult Film Industry as they shed their clothes for an intimate photo shoot with Director Deborah Anderson in the new documentary Aroused. Questions are asked and intimate stories about their lives are revealed, from why they chose the business of sex to how they got into it in the first place. These porn stars have kept their private lives private in the past, yet Anderson has a way of opening up a dialog allowing them to share more than just their naked skin on screen. Their vulnerability is touching, while their confidence and beauty are intoxicating. Once you hear their stories, you'll never look at them in the same way again. We have an exclusive look at the poster for this expose, which is on VOD April 13th before its theatrical debut this May.

Aroused comes to theaters May 2nd,
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