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FROM PORN TO POLITICS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, June 3, 2014
MEDIA CONTACT: Rebecca Rojer rebecca@ashley-amber.com; (424) 262-5864

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FROM PORN TO POLITICS

ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK’S Diane Guerrero stars in short, satirical film

“What Does It Take To Get America’s Attention?” asks the dark comedy ASHLEY/AMBER. The 22min short stars Diane Guerrero, who plays Maritza on Netflix’s ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK.

A newly re-mastered version of ASHLEY/AMBER was released yesterday through VHX and Vimeo On Demand, and last week on IndieFlix. The film originally premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2011 and has since screened around the world.

Guerrero, in a debut lead performance, plays Ashley, a 19 year old mourning the death of her solider boyfriend. Struggling financially and seeking temporary escape from her daily life, Ashley secretly becomes “Amber Jones,” the one-time star of an Internet porn video. Later, at the urging of her co-worker Winona (Evalena Marie), Ashley delivers a moving speech at an anti-war rally. The speech is posted online and before long her two identities are connected. Now Ashley must reconcile her loss in the midst of her 15 minutes of fame.

ASHLEY/AMBER probes at the intersection of sex, politics, and fame: how women are portrayed on the screen, in the media, and in the broader American psyche; what it takes for a woman to be recognized by the culture; and the control one has to manipulate these cultural tendencies towards different ends. Travis Keune of We Are Movie Geeks calls it “an introspective short film about American politics and a skewed sense of morality.”

Writer/director Rebecca Rojer is a Jersey-based independent filmmaker. She made ASHLEY/AMBER as her undergraduate thesis at Harvard. Rojer previously worked as assistant to the filmmaker Whit Stillman on his film DAMSELS IN DISTRESS. She is currently the multimedia editor of Jacobin Magazine.

For more information or press interviews, contact Rebecca at rebecca@ashley-amber.com or call (424) 262-5864.

The film can be seen at http://ashley-amber.com/watch.

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