Kirsten D'Andrea Hollander
Us, Naked: Trixie & Monkey is truly a story of the peculiar, weird and unpredictable glamor that is cherished and often cultivated in Baltimore. It is also a message that anything is possible. Trixie and Monkey decide to bring their message of Art, Love, and Life, to a global audience -- and they do!
Trixie opens the documentary by saying: Be careful not to make your dream too small, because then you're really screwed if you actually get it and it wasn't enough. Trixie and Monkey's story of discovering uncompromising trust in their art unfolded before my eyes during a time that I too needed to believe in creativity, regardless of outer validation and apart from the odds of success.
This common ground is the reason I could bear unwavering witness to Trixie and Monkey with my camera for almost seven years. We just kept filming till their story of seeking to balance love with unforgiving creative heights completely unfolded.
I consistently receive feedback after test screenings how audiences can find their own hunger for love, creativity, perseverance, and the shattering of taboos in the film. Trixie and Monkey's brilliance is in the presentation of clever-sexiness while deconstructing and quite frankly, annihilating anything that is sexist, conformist, racist, homophobic, or gender limiting. Their love of weaving this together for their audiences drives the hilariously gorgeous shenanigans that play out in this authentic documentary with a paradoxical ending.
This film is not only the story of making sure the dream was big enough -- but lived to the fullest degree along the way. ~Kirsten
Kirsten D'Andrea Hollander is a full-time professor at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), where she teaches in Foundation; Film and Video; and Community Arts. Us, Naked: Trixie & Monkey is her first feature length film.