"Ripe" examines the politics of women’s bodies as they are hyper-sexualized in media and culture—bodies on the front lines of pleasure-selling industries. Commercial and porn industries shape, distort, and dehumanize our sexuality, sense of identity, desires, sexual norms, ideas of pleasure, and relationships. This aesthetic phenomenon affects our body image across the spectrum of female-identified and gender nonconforming bodies. The work pushes for greater awareness: What are the consequences of this phenomenon?

  • Lisa Kusanagi
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  • Lisa Kusanagi
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  • Lisa Kusanagi
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  • Beau Dobson
    Key Cast
  • Elisabeth Rosoff
    Key Cast
  • Lisa Kusanagi
    Key Cast
  • Richard Dominguez
    Director of Photography
  • Richard Dominguez
  • Lisa Kusanagi
  • Ran Bagno
  • Rashida Bolden
  • Lisa Kusanagi
    Production Designer
  • Lisa Kusanagi
    Prop Designer
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short, Other
  • Genres:
    Experimental, Short film, experimental film, dance film, queer film, performance film, performance art film, screendance
  • Runtime:
    4 minutes 59 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 22, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    4,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Agite y Sirva · Festival Itinerante de Videodanza 2017
    Mexico City
    June 23, 2017
    World Premiere
  • IV International Meeting on Videodance Studies
    September 20, 2017
  • BIDEODROMO International Experimental Film and Video Festival
    Bilbao, Bizkaia
    September 12, 2017
    Europe Premiere
  • RAD Fest — Midwest Regional Alternative Dance Festival
    Kalamazoo, MI
    United States
    March 9, 2018
    USA Premiere
Director Biography - Lisa Kusanagi

Lisa Kusanagi is a Japanese conceptual artist. Her expertise contributes to a wide variety of roles including body expressionist, art director, choreographer, performance artist, filmmaker, and educator. She leverages her multi-cultural upbringing to influence the creative elements in her highly conceptual projects. She is also known for her virtuosic physicality as a performer. Both her multi-media live performances and films have been presented across world: United States, Mexico, Cuba, Colombia, Chile, United Kingdom, Italy, France, Spain, Portugal, Norway, Belgium, Albania, Kenya, Australia, China, and Indonesia. Her films, including work by Kusanagi Sisters, have won several awards and have been screened at over 30 festivals, 12 universities, 3 galas and many venues including AMC Theatres, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, The Four Seasons Hotel, and JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE billboards. Kusanagi holds an Master of Fine Arts in Dance from Hollins University (VA) and a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts, emphasis in Dance, from Sonoma State University (CA). To see more, please visit: (website)

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