Notice from Jordan & Felicity: About two months ago, we were contacted by a film student from Pratt Institute. Her name was Dana, so that as her final project for one of her classes, she wanted to make a brief documentary about FKK / naturism.
We consented to take action in exchange for her composing an article about her expertise to make the picture. So this is her narrative below, along with her documentary at the end!
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Guest blog by: Dana Schlieman
Naturist Documentary – My first experience with documentary filmmaking presented the opportunity to force myself out of my comfort zone and research something I had never done before. My preference is definitely story, fiction film, and the appointment of a 5-10 minute documentary by my Nonfiction Clip professor made me queasy and sweaty with tension.
Do not make it about your roommate and how much they adore pizza, my professor implored the class.
I spent another week wracking my brain for a area that would be interesting to an audience but that was also manageable for someone with my level of expertise (which was low). I froze in my bed as this idea crystallized into a project suggestion: an investigation of modern naturists in New York and how they lived their lives within society.
The project fast started to come together within my mind’s eye as I reached for my phone to begin my research. Suddenly I hit a wall. I found out that naturist resorts and beaches were closed down in late September, for the duration of the winter season. It was the middle of October now, and my idea fell apart as fast as it have been built up. I backtracked, dejected and unenthused, to the topic of colorblindness and landed on this as the theme for my picture. It was boring, but at least it was not seasonal.
On proposal day in class, I decided to present the theory for my nudist movie anyway, so that my professor could see that I was more fascinating than my colorblind undertaking suggested. I shared the idea with http://beach-archive.com , as well as the barriers I had ran into, and explained why I ‘d be unable to carry this project out. The whole class, who appeared to have tuned me out while I talked about colorblindness, suddenly pricked their ears as I told them my initial idea. They stared at me for a few seconds when I was finished, and I stared back, my ears burning.
You might have to do that job, my classmates told me, with more earnestness than I’d ever received from them. I looked to my professor for help, and he stared at me too. It actually does seem great, he said.
I argued with them for some time as they threw their suggestions at me. They insisted that there had to be a option.
Speak with the individuals who run a resort even if they’re not working right now, one classmate said. I asked her what I’d film in that case besides the interviews.
A movie about nudism should actually have unclothed people inside, should not it? I asked them. We went back and forth like mature beach sex for some time before my professor stopped us.
Only consider it, he explained. The colorblind thing seems good. I looked up at him hopefully. But the naturism seems really great.
With that, I was done for. I had the choice to make an aesthetically pleasing film for an easy A that no one would care about, myself included, or I could try only a little bit harder and end up getting something I might actually be proud of. Ultimately, Google rewarded me with the Naturist Portal website.
Everything about FKK was so welcoming that I was immediately comfortable, and I’m readily made uncomfortable generally in most situations. They talked about naturism and naturism the way I might tell someone my feelings for artwork and my pets.
When Felicity and Jordan agreed to meet with me, I was tremendously excited-at first. Shortly I was harassed with a few very real dilemmas. For starters, I’m already quite nervous at the idea of speaking to strangers (my parents had to order my food for me in restaurants until I was about 16). I worried that, in my ignorance of this topic that I was so new to, I’d say or ask something inadvertently offensive and they might hate me. I also stressed that they’d be too strange for me to cope with and I would need to back from the dedication I was planning to make with them, another thought that gives me heart palpitations.
I walked out of my first meeting with Felicity and Jordan astounded at one basic fact: They were so fine, I told my friends when I got home. The pair had explained their no-judgment way of life in my experience, and I could tell they were not saying it the way other people say it; they really meant it. I understand I am not like that, and I could not think of a single reason why.
The day we filmed, I kept catching myself thinking: This all looks so ordinary. And then I gave myself a mental slap across the face and wondered, why shouldn’t it appear normal? I located my conversation with Jordan more exciting than anything I had learned from my school professors previously year-and-a-half, and with Felicity I felt like I was talking to a friend, one who merely didn’t happen to be wearing clothing. And I believe all three of us expected me to be uncomfortable, but I really was not.
Everyone I told about my endeavor was extremely inquisitive about it. It seemed that everyone expected some sort of scandal, for me to be taken captive and forced to join a naked cult or something. I was almost smug at how small dirt I had for them. I felt oddly loyal to the naturist community, like I was now a tiny part of the fight to shed light on the body image and censoring dilemmas that my themes had brought to my attention. The whole encounter even got me working on my own body image problems and other personal stuff that I’ve never actually thought about before.
And to anyone who still asks me, when talking about my job, Wasn’t that extremely uncomfortable? all I can do is shrug and answer honestly: No.
If you are wondering about the organ that shows on the screen within the documentary, it’s a joke advertisement for a radio station in Australia and can be seen on vimeo channel here.
The vulva that additionally revealed on the screen is a unique music video of singing vulvae and can be seen on vimeo here.
My Expertise Making A Nudist Documentary was published by – Young Naturists and Naturists America
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