FEATURE DOCUMENTARY RELEASES
The Wounds We Cannot See
Runtime: 59 minutes
Writer, Producer and Director: Alexander Freeman
Directors of Photography: Brandon Golden, Jeffrey G. Rosenberg
Editors: Ryan Egan, Alexander Freeman
Music: Miro Kepinski
Cast: Nancy Ross, Douglas Ross, Lorenzo Guerra, Julie Crossman-Lovely
The Wounds We Cannot See, tells the gripping story of former US Navy Airman Nancy Ross of Hingham, Massachusetts. Ross was violently raped during her service in 1988 and has since struggled with addiction, mental illness and depression. She continues to battle Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as a direct result of her attack and subsequent abusive relationships. While Nancy has undergone extensive therapy since her honorable discharge from the Navy, she still suffers from addiction and mental illness, living in constant fear of the future.
"Freeman captures an incredible story that provides sensitive insight into the wounds of our hearts and minds."
- Kevin S. Bright, Executive Producer of Friends.
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The Last Taboo
Runtime: 50 minutes
Writer and Director: Alexander Freeman
Producers: Anne Scotina, Andrew Christenson, Alexander Freeman, Gabriella Iarrobino
Directors of Photography: Andrew Christenson, Daniel Olivares, Dilila McDonagh
Editor: Ryan Egan
Music: Miro Kepinski, Dan Barrenechea, Caleb Williams
Cast: Mazique Bianco, Gary Karp, Alexander Freeman, Lauren Beller, Erin Pfeiffer, Clark Matthews, Morgan Jennifer, Candace Brown, Anthony Dicostanzo
The Last Taboo tells the gripping and heart-warming story of six people with various physical disabilities and an able-bodied partner who was in a relationship with one of them. These individuals share their perspectives on intimacy, relationships and what their experiences have taught them about themselves. The Last Taboo asks us to step outside of our comfort zones in order to reconsider our misconceptions regarding disability, identity, gender, attraction, beauty and sexuality.
“I was totally blown away! An absolutely outstanding achievement!” – Robbie Leppzer, Award-Winning Documentary Filmmaker, Turning Tide Productions.
“The movie makes so delightfully clear, while there is nothing more “normal” (and therefore potentially boring!) than love and sex, everyone’s experience is so tremendously specific that, if you look at them with clear eyes, the stories can be endlessly rich.” – Andrew Bujalski, 2013 Sundance Film Festival Winner.
“This is an amazing documentary film that shares the truth about sexuality and disability.” - Rafe Eric Biggs, Ph.D, Psychologist, Writer, Filmmaker, Social Activist and Founder of Sexability.
"You really have changed my outlook on disability and this film has taught me even more. I'm really appreciative of this documentary because as an able-bodied person I have been curious for a long time about how people with disabilities have sex or experience sexuality, but it's something that is very taboo to talk about and it seems rude and even absurd to ask a person with disability these sorts of questions." - Camille Gerard.
mic.com, June 12, 2015: This "Sex Party" Is a Positive Game-changer for People With Disabilities
emerson.edu, May 18, 2015: Snapshot of Class of 2015
nerve.com, May 2, 2014: ‘Everything Still Works Down There’: Uncovering the Sex Lives of Disabled People
mtvU.com, October 29, 2013: Q&A with Emerson College Filmmaker, Alexander Freeman
lunaplath.tumblr.com, May 9, 2013: In Bed, Everyone's Able
theberkshireeagle.com, February 16, 2013: Love, intimacy in disabled community at forefront amid recognition of acclaimed movies
west.com, January, 21, 2013: Brothels for people with disabilities, yes or not?
care2.com, January 14, 2013: A “Brothel” For the Disabled?
abcnews.com, January 10, 2013: UK Ex-Madam Plans Brothel for People With Disabilities
mysexprofessor.com, August 14, 2012: “The Last Taboo”: Dealing with Disability and Sexuality
wbur.org, July 17, 2012: Interview: ‘The Last Taboo’ Director Freeman
wbur.org, July 17, 2012: Sex And Disability: Boston Filmmaker Turns Lens On ‘The Last Taboo’
Universities and Organizations using the film:
The University of California, Santa Cruz
The University of Chicago
The University of Washington
Hawkeye Community College
Norwegian Health Department’s Medical Physicians Sexual Education Program
Academy for Adolescent Health, Inc.
The Center for Sexual Pleasure & Health
United Cerebral Palsy of Oregon & SW Washington