Controversial Film 'Free the Nipple' Gets North American Release
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Previously experiencing difficulty in landing distributor for the potentially NC-17 movie, director Lina Esco got the deal from Sundance Selects.

AceShowbiz - %cLina 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 %cLola Kirke%, Esco, %cCasey LaBow%, %cZach Grenier%, %cMonique Coleman% and %cGriffin 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.

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