The Story Of One Simple Invention, The Vibrator
And Its Relationship to the Misunderstood Female Orgasm
PASSION & POWER:
The Technology of Orgasm
Available on DVD beginning December 9, 2008
First Run Features proudly presents “a fascinating look at the history of vibrators and the female orgasm in America” (Village Voice). Passion & Power: The Technology of Orgasm, a new documentary by Wendy Slick and Emiko Omori, will make its debut on DVD on December 9, 2008.
Based on Rachel Maines’ bestselling book The Technology of Orgasm, Passion & Power explores the history of the vibrator, from the Victorian era – when doctors used the device to relieve women of “hysteria” – through the sexual revolution of the 1960s, to the postfeminist present. As well as revealing the vibrator’s fascinating past, this entertaining documentary also uncovers the mysteries of the female orgasm – and examines how both have influenced sexual politics and gender dynamics throughout history.
Featuring interviews with sexperts, historians and pioneering feminists including Maines, Katherine Young, Betty Dobson, Dell Williams, Joanne Webb, Beann Sisemore and comedienne Reno, Passion & Power takes us on a surprising and enlightening journey through the secret history of the vibrator and the even more mystifying female orgasm.
Emiko Omari began her career as a filmmaker and cinematographer in 1968, when there were few camerawomen and fewer still Asian American camerawomen. In 1991, she wrote and directed the highly acclaimed drama, Hot Summer Winds, a co-production of American Playhouse and KCET. In January 1999, her documentary Rabbit in the Moon, about her family’s confinement in a World War II American internment camp, premiered at Sundance, was broadcast on POV, and went on to win a National Emmy for Outstanding Historical Program. At Sundance Emiko was awarded the Best Documentary Cinematography award for Rabbit in the Moon and for her work on Academy Award nominee Regret to Inform.
Wendy Slick has produced and directed in almost every facet of the entertainment media industry, including American Playhouse, Disney, Showtime, PBS, CBS and VH-1; has made educational and documentary films for Lucas Film Learning, Harcourt Brace, Sundance Institute, Nature Company and Apple Computer; and has designed and produced a number of CD-ROMS and web sites. She has been honored with several Emmy and ACE nominations, a “1000 Points of Light” award, as well as awards from the New York Film Festival, Houston Film Festival, Hawaii Film Festival, and several Cine Golden Eagle Awards. She has created film projects for the Herb Alpert Foundation and the Woman’s Funding Network, among others. Recently she has consulted for the series Pacific Diaries and the show Skin Stories for Pacific Islanders in Communications.
• Interview Extras • Behind the Scenes
• More Antique Vibrators • Dancing Vibrator Trailer
Selected Praise for Passion & Power:
“Tasteful yet provocative!
Brings to life a remarkably amusing and strange secret history.”
- San Francisco Chronicle
“Delightful, even inspirational!”
- Dennis Harvey, Variety
“An empowering perspective of female sexuality and
a must-see for any woman. A charming, tasteful exposé.”
- Janice Formichella, Feminist Review
“I loved this movie almost as much as I love my vibrator.”
- Margaret Cho
Passion & Power: The Technology of Orgasm
74 minutes • color • 2008
SRP: $24.95 / CAN.: $29.95
UPC: 7-20229-91354-6 • Catalog #: FRF 913546D
Street Date: December 9, 2008