Dotted with palm trees and coral reefs, Guam is United States territory where military men and Japanese tourists abound. A seemingly perfect backdrop for a strip club, the island should sound ideal to any girl coming from Portland, Atlanta, or Anchorage to work as an exotic dancer. But is it? Exotic takes us into the lives of the dancers on Guam, giving the viewer a front row seat to this fluid and secretive world.
Exotic Saturday, September 9 – 1 pm – Grand Illusion Cinema – Tickets
Skype Q&A with director Amy Oden to follow.
Amy Oden has been working in video for more than a decade, producing content that has been featured in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, a United States Presidential Library, and Amazon Prime. She currently works for Maryland’s PBS affiliate, producing short form documentary content for their Digital Studios.
Amy earned her B.A. in Broadcast Journalism at the University of Maryland in 2004 and joined MHz Networks the same year. She booked large studio shoots at MHz and pioneered two short-form series for broadcast. Oden worked with high profile clients including the Red Cross and Deutche Welle, and managed crews of up to 35.
In 2011, FROM THE BACK OF THE ROOM, her first feature-length documentary was released. It was screened in 17 countries and was distributed via Amazon Prime and inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Amy received her M.A. in Gender and Media from George Washington University in 2012. She then worked as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Guam, while shooting EXOTIC.
A 2015 recipient of a Hometown Media Award from the Alliance for Community Media, Amy lives and works in Baltimore.