Previously experiencing difficulty in landing distributor for the potentially NC-17 movie, director Lina Esco got the deal from Sundance Selects.
Lina Esco's controversial film "Free the Nipple" has been picked up for a North American release by Sundance Selects. The film is based on true events surrounding the female protest group against media censorship in New York.
From a screenplay by Hunter Richards, the pic follows a group of female activists' protests on restrictions of images of women's breasts. It includes their topless publicity stunts and graffiti installations on the streets of NYC. Among the stars are Lola Kirke, Esco, Casey LaBow, Zach Grenier, Monique Coleman and Griffin Newman.
"The title [Free the Nipple] in and of itself is funny, but I knew the nipple would be the Trojan horse. It would be the way to show inequality," Esco told The Daily Beast, adding, "It's about starting a conversation and showing we're not really equal."
Esco had the help from crowdfunding to distribute the movie because it had the potential NC-17 rating. However, THR reported that the Sundance Selects' release would be rated R.