FREE THE NIPPLE


ABOUT THE FILM

"NEVER DOUBT THAT A SMALL GROUP OF THOUGHTFUL, COMMITTED CITIZENS CAN CHANGE THE WORLD; INDEED, IT'S THE ONLY THING THAT EVER HAS"
- MARGARET MEADE

WHAT IS FREE THE NIPPLE

Free The Nipple is a film, an equality movement, and a mission to empower women across the world. We stand against female oppression and censorship, both in the United States and around the globe. Today, in the USA it is effectively ILLEGAL for a woman to be topless, breastfeeding included, in 35 states. In less tolerant places like Louisiana, an exposed nipple can take a woman to jail for up to three years and cost $2,500 in fines. Even in New York City, which legalized public toplessness in 1992, the NYPD continues to arrest women. We're working to change these inequalities through film, social media, and a grassroots campaign.

FILM SYNOPSIS
Inspired by true events, Free The Nipple follows a group of young women who take to the streets of New York City topless, to protest the archaic censorship laws in the United States. Activist Liv and With set out to start a movement and change the system through publicity stunts and graffiti installations while armed with First Amendment lawyers. The film explores the contradictions in our media-dominated society, where acts of violence and killing are glorified, while images of a woman's body are censored by the FCC and the MPAA. What is more obscene: Violence or a Nipple?
THE MOVEMENT
Free The Nipple has become a "real life" equality movement that's sparked a national dialogue. Famous graffiti artists, groups of dedicated women, and influencers such as Miley Cyrus, Liv Tyler, and Lena Dunham have shown public support which garnered international press and created a viral #FreeTheNipple campaign. The issues we're addressing are equal rights for men and women, a more balanced system of censorship, and legal rights for all women to breastfeed in public.
THE FILMMAKERS

THE FACTS

0

Violent acts are seen by the average american child

0

Kids witness murders on tv by the age of 18

0

States it's illegal to be topless

0

States it's illegal to breastfeed in public

support us get a free the nipple tee

by wearing the t-shirts you are supporting women for equal rights



The CAST

THE CAST OF FREE THE NIPPLE ARE NOT JUST ACTORS, BUT ALSO ACTIVISTS IN REAL LIFE. THIS UNIQUE PRODUCTION/MOVEMENT ATTRACTED REVOLUTIONARIES WHO BOLDLY TRANSCENDED THEIR HOLLYWOOD ROLES, TO FIGHT ON THE FRONT LIKE FOR GENDER EQUALITY IN AMERICA.
Team

LINA ESCO

WITH
Team

LOLA KIRKE

LIV
Team

CASEY LABOW

CALI
Team

MONIQUE COLEMAN

ROZ
Team

GRIFFIN NEWMAN

ORSON
Team

ZACH GRENIER

JIM BLACK
Team

JANEANE GARAFALO

LISA
"A DREAM YOU DREAM ALONE IS ONLY A DREAM. A DREAM YOU DREAM TOGETHER IS REALITY"

-JOHN LENNON



PHOTOS

For

SUPPORT FREE THE NIPPLE

Become a revolutionary today and support gender equality in the world.
$34
SOLD OUT
$34
SOLD OUT
$34

CELEBRITIES WHO HAVE SHOWN PUBLIC SUPPORT


FREE THE NIPPLE IN NEWS

PRESS RELEASE

  • 1 December 13
WHAT'S MORE OBSCENE: A MURDER OR A NIPPLE?

New Independent feature challenges stringent MPAA guidelines
FREE THE NIPPLE, the new indie flick from debut filmmaker Lina Esco, which delves into the backward censorship laws in America, ironically faces a similar scenario as the characters depicted in her movie. Historically the MPAA has generously handed out NC-17 ratings to independent filmmakers who have chosen to show the most natural thing in the world, nudity and sex. Yet this same institution is allowing more violence than ever in PG-13 films. FREE THE NIPPLE, now facing an NC-17 rating from the MPAA, is embracing a new avenue of creative freedom through crowdfunding, a medium made relevant to the film industry by names like Zach Braff and Spike Lee, who have achieved success in obtaining financing for their films outside of the traditional Hollywood system.

Esco's controversial film based on the true events of two women who ignite a revolution to fight the backward censorship laws in America, stars Lola Kirke, Monique Coleman, Casey Labow and Janeane Garofalo. Esco says "Today, there is more violence in PG-13 movies then in R-Rated films, and an average child in America sees over 16,000 murders on TV by the age of 18. With the amount of gun violence and mass shootings in the US we need to take a deep look into how films and TV affect our youth and our culture. What's more obscene: a murder or a nipple?"

The MPAA, which rates every movie in the US before being released to theaters, is infamous for forcing the hands of big name directors to cut violence and sex from their films. Even moguls like Harvey Weinstein and some the world's biggest actors and filmmakers have publicly gone to war with the MPAA to fight for their artistic freedom. Most recently Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street was forced to cut sex scenes and nudity before its Christmas day release.

To bypass the MPAA's rating system, Esco has teamed up with the new crowdfunding venture Fundaything.com as a next level marketing and distribution

platform to reach the audience directly. "I want people to see the film I intended to make not some Puritanical version that the MPAA feels is appropriate for American audiences," Esco explained. "With this platform I can market my film and connect with the audience without being censored in a country that ironically prides itself on freedom."


Featured In

JOIN THE EVOLUTION

Over 75 years ago it was ILLEGAL in all 50 states of America for men to be 'shirtless' on a beach. A small dedicated group fought the puritanical status quo, the police and the courts. After several arrests and protests men finally won their basic human right to be 'topless' in public in 1936. Today there are 37 states in the USA that still arrest women for this same freedom, in some states that even includes breastfeeding. I believe these laws do not reflect the dream on which the United States was founded, and I believe the time is now for the people to step up and Free The Nipple. Take a stand for gender equality and join our coalition to end these draconian laws forever!

Media Inquires or Press Contact: Lauren@thegaragepr.com


$ .00

LINA ESCO

"Cultural changes result from a small, impassioned, vocal minority. With limited resources & unlimited inspiration can one person actually incite a cultural revolution?"
- WITH

Her first acting gig was in 2005 in the acclaimed indie film, London, starring Jessica Biel, Chris Evans and Jason Statham. She then went on to play Jimmy Smits daughter in the CBS series Cane (2007). She was then cast in the international coming-of-age film, LOL (2011), starring alongside Miley Cyrus and Demi Moore. After LOL, she was hired by Antoine Fuqua to co-star with Ethan Hawke in Antoine's first pilot, Exit Strategy for Fox-TV. In 2014 she was cast in Ryan Murphy's new HBO show "OPEN" alongside Michelle Monaghan, Scott Speedman, West Bentley and Jennifer Jason Leigh.

Lina produced and directed PSA's for the Academy Award-winning Best Documentary of 2009, The Cove, entitled, "My Friend is..." to bring awareness to the annual slaughter of dolphins in Taiji, Japan. In 2012 Lina finally stepped up to direct and star in her first feature film "FREE THE NIPPLE" based on a true story of two women who start a revolution to reverse the backwards censorship laws in America.

LOLA KIRKE

"There are 37 other countries that enjoy more freedom in the press then America. We're not the freest nation, we just have the best PR machine. It is said, “The most dangerous weapon of any tyrant or dictator are not armies and guns, but censorship.
- LIV

Starring as Liv in 'Free The Nipple', Lola Kirke is an actress and director recently staring in David Fincher's feature film, Gone Girl (2014), Fallen (2014) dir: Scott Hicks, Lake City (2014) Aaron Fisher Coe, Reaching for the Moon (2013), Another Happy Day (2011) and Capture the Flag (2010).















CASEY LABOW

"The Motion Picture Association of America gave four times as many films an NC-17 rating for sex and nudity as opposed to violence."
- CALI

Starring as Cali in 'Free The Nipple', Casey LaBow was born in New York City, New York, USA as Samantha Casey Labow. She is an actress and producer, known for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2(2012), The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 (2011) and Skateland (2010).














MONIQUE COLEMAN

"Kids are replicating the porn they see on the Internet today because there is no counter positive images of healthy, beautiful & romantic sex. While the media relentlessly objectifies women's bodies as a commodity, giving an unhealthy self image to generations of women."
- ROZ

Starring as Ros in 'Free The Nipple', Monique Coleman is an American actress, dancer, singer, entrepreneur, and philanthropist best known for her co-starring role in Disney'sHigh School Musical movies, in which she plays Taylor McKessie. Coleman also had a recurring role on The Suite Life of Zack & Cody, as a school girl named Mary Margaret. She also competed in the third edition of ABC's Dancing with the Stars, finishing in fourth place. Most recent, Coleman was named the first ever UN Youth Champion for the International Year of Youth and is currently on a world tour to raise awareness of challenges facing youth. Coleman launched her online talk show Gimme Mo', a show dedicated to empowering today's youth on September 8, 2010.

GRIFFIN NEWMAN

The group Femen only has 300 members and somehow they have become an international. They've protested against the plight of Ukrainian prostitutes and President Putin for the election. Regardless of their ideologies, we need to take a page out of their book. We need protest high profile targets like the White house from the Vatican.
- ORSON

Starring as Orson in 'Free The Nipple', Griffen Newman was born on February 19, 1989 in New York City, New York, USA. He is an actor and comedian and is known for his work on Beware the Gonzo (2010), The Treatment (2006) and Beneath (2013).














ZACH GRENIER

I think you're tapping into the most powerful amendment to the constitution, freedom of religion, freedom of speech, assembly. I mean, do you realize today we're 32nd on the Press Freedom Index? There are 31 other countries who enjoy a freer press then America.
- JIM BLACK

Starring as Jim Black in 'Free The Nipple', Zach Grenier was born on February 12, 1954 in Englewood, New Jersey, USA. He is an actor, known for Fight Club (1999), Rescue Dawn (2006) androgen Donnie Brasco (1997). He is married to Lynn.














JANEANE GARAFALO

Growing up in Europe, you hear America is home of the free."But after directing one film here, this country is more repressed than I could imagine. I will never make a movie here again.
- ANOUK

Actress and Comedian Janeane Garofalo has been an American institution since she burst on the scene in 1992. In addition to acting in film and television, Janeane is an outspoken activist, spoken word performer and stand-up comedy entertainer known and respected around the country, and the world. She is a noted peace activist. Janeane has had many memorable and critically acclaimed roles in films such as "The Truth About Cats and Dogs," "Steal This Movie," "Copland," "Reality Bites," and "The Cable Guy," directed by her friend Ben Stiller. Ben and Janeane also co-authored the best seller "Feel This Book," (Ballantine May 1999). Janeane played the role of Paula, the acerbic talent booker, on "The Larry Sanders Show," for which she received an Emmy nomination in 1997 and two Cable Ace nominations. During the fall of '94 she joined the cast of "Saturday Night Live." In 2007, Janeane's voice was featured in the Disney/ Pixaranimated comedy Ratatouille, and can be seen in Stella writer/director David Wain's ensemble comedy, "The Ten." Janeane can also be seen in her latest projects, the Lifetime movie "Girl's Best Friend" and as a recurring character on the 2009 season of "24." Janeane lives in New York and Los Angeles.

WELCOME TO THE EVOLUTION!

Thanks for signing up. We'll keep you posted on the latest news from the Free The Nipple team.