Director: Jerome Gary

Institute History

  • 1986 Sundance Film Festival


This unique film is about women who happen to take their clothes off for a living. It focuses on five very real, very different women, all superb strippers and each an articulate representative of a difficult and demanding profession. Over a thousand women were interviewed to find the five featured in Stripper. Their odyssey culminates at a strippers convention in Las Vegas where the best strippers in the world converge to compete for the First Annual Golden G-String Award.

The film was conceived, produced and directed by Jerome Gary, the producer of Pumping Iron. Gary saw the film as an opportunity to shatter the attitudes and stereotypes of stripping by presenting strong, almost heroic, women who treat what they do as an art. It is the women’s stories that ultimately make the film affecting. Without feeling exploited, these women, ranging from chorus line girl to sadomasochist, are proud of what they do and how they do it.

Screening Details

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