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Hot Girls Wanted


YEAR 2014

SECTION U.S. Documentary Competition


RUN TIME 84 min

Thanks to the Internet, thousands of young American women are entering the "amateur" porn world, fulfilling a growing demand for girl-next-door starlets. Hot Girls Wanted follows one such girl, eager to leave small-town life in search of freedom and fame. With the click of a mouse she transforms from A-student to fledgling amateur actress. She initially feels independent and popular starring in professionally produced videos—uploaded on sites garnering an average of 41 million hits a month. But as she and some of her new friends fall deeper into the darker corners of the Internet, and as new faces arrive daily, they’re forced to reconsider an increasingly dubious line of work. Filmmakers Jill Bauer and Ronna Gradus, along with producer Rashida Jones and partners from the Kinsey Institute for Sex Research, rip the lid off of the often unchecked amateur porn industry. By honing in on this process, Hot Girls Wanted reveals a business reliant on Millennials who believe empowerment is synonymous with online notoriety. —H.V.

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Jill Bauer and Ronna Gradus are the directors and producers of the documentary Sexy Baby (world premiere, Tribeca Film Festival, 2012; broadcast premiere, Showtime; Best Film by New Directors at Michael Moore's Traverse City Film Festival). Bauer, formerly a writer for the Miami Herald, is an award-winning journalist (Hearst Journalism Awards and Society of Professional Journalists), and has also written and edited for Esquire, The Dallas Morning News, and The New York Times, and launched Smart Kid, a national parenting magazine.

Gradus is a former staff photographer for the Miami Herald. Among her many assignments at the newspaper, she was sent to Cuba and also to New Orleans to cover Hurricane Katrina. A graduate of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, Gradus is from Brooklyn.