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LISTEN: Director Maria Finitzo featured on the CinemaJaw Podcast!

“While some documentaries are both critical and financial successes, the average gross for the genre is in under $900,000. So how will director Maria Finitzo gauge the film’s impact? “I’ll consider myself successful when every thirteen-year-old girl entering her freshman year of high school knows she has a clitoris, what it looks like—and what it’s for.”

PROVOKR >

"While looking for her next project, Finitzo once again found herself drawn to women’s rights and equality as she picked up a copy of Daniel Bergner’s What Do Women Want?: Adventures in the Science of Female Desire. The book follows a group of researchers who studied women’s sexuality and, despite common societal assumptions, found that women’s sex drives are just as high as men’s. Although the conclusion of the study cast a favorable light on the subject of sex drives, Finitzo became focused on the lie that had been told to women for generations, the lie that dismissed women’s libido in order to reinforce patriarchal structures.”

NONFICS >

“Academy Award-winning filmmaker Barbara Kopple is to executive produce a forthcoming feature-length documentary film that advocates for the democratization of sexual pleasure. Helmed by Peabody Award-winning director Maria Finitzo and Chicago production outfit Kartemquin Films, The Dilemma of Desire will explore the “clash between the power of gender politics and the equally powerful imperatives of female sexual desire.””

REALSCREEN >

“The film follows four women trying to spread information and lift taboos on female sexuality: artist Sophia Wallace, biologist Stacey Dutton, psychologist Lisa Diamond, and sex toy designer Ti Chang. It also features interviews with everyday women about the impact that our culture's silence around female sexuality has had on them. Through these interviews, the film explores what we're taught (and aren't taught) about female desire and how this sexual disempowerment robs women of their power in other areas.”

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“Maria Finitzo, whose documentary subjects range from stem-cell research to Chicago girls’ high-school sports to strong young women, says “The Dilemma of Desire,” is her most challenging feature-length film, “both a vérité and essay film about female sexual desire and women’s equality.” The tagline is ‘There Is No Equality Without Equality of Pleasure.’” After traveling since 2016 from Chicago to Berlin to Mexico to Brooklyn to Georgia, to San Francisco to Salt Lake City, Finitzo began editing in August, for fall 2019 completion and a 2020 festival release.”

NEW CITY FILM, FILM 50 2018 >

“Diane Quon’s career includes a stretch in the studio system in Los Angeles, where she was VP of marketing at Paramount. She worked on marketing and outreach for several Kartemquin films in 2015, and those projects gave her insight into what it takes to get a social justice documentary into the world.” 

NEW CITY FILM, FILM 50 2018 >

"A powerful expose with multiple stories, the film-in-progress explores why despite real gains that came with the 60s revolution, women still pay a price for wanting what men want – agency over their sexual desire and the freedom to act upon that desire." 

SCREEN MAGAZINE >

 

"Longtime documentarian Maria Finitzo continues to expand horizons as a filmmaker while recently sharing a duPont-Columbia prize for her work as a director on the “Hard Earned” series about the lives of underpaid workers. Among upcoming projects, Finitzo has raised development money for her next doc, “The Dilemma of Desire,” which is described as “a deep dive down the rabbit hole of female sexual desire.” 

NEW CITY FILM, CHICAGO'S 50 SCREEN GEMS >