FACETS hosts Intimacy Coordination Panel after Body Parts screening

FACETS has added a special panel discussion to the screenings of the film, Body Parts on Saturday, April 15, 2023. The panel will be lead by Jessica Steinrock, CEO of Intimacy Directors & Coordinators. They will discuss what intimacy coordination is, why it is critical to creative work, and what’s happening right now in Chicago.

Jessica Steinrock was recently profiled in The New York Times for her work on wildly popular TV shows and films like Yellowjackets, Never Have I Ever and Little Fires Everywhere. Steinrock and intimacy director Marie Percy, founded Intimacy Directors and Coordinators, in 2020, the premiere organization for consent and intimacy training in the entertainment industry. She holds a Ph.D. in Theatre at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Body Parts, directed by Kristy Guevara-Flanagan, traces the evolution of “sex” on-screen from a woman’s perspective, exposing the uncomfortable realities behind some of Hollywood’s most iconic scenes and celebrating the bold creators leading the way for change.

The innovative and incisive film explores the evolution of desire and sex on-screen from a woman’s perspective. Demystifying the often invisible processes in creating intimacy for film and television, the documentary sheds light on the most closely-guarded secrets of an industry now at a crossroads. Body Parts features candid interviews with actors and creators who are advocating for real change, including Jane Fonda, Joey Soloway, Angela Robinson, Karyn Kusama, Rose McGowan, Rosanna Arquette, Alexandra Billings, Stacy Rukeyser, Emily Meade, David Simon, and Tanya Saracho. Deftly illustrated with movie clips stretching back to Eadweard Muybridge’s motion studies, Body Parts is part film-history lesson on the dominance of the heterosexual male gaze and part clarion call for employing intimacy coordinators across the entertainment field. It neither shies away from uncomfortable conversations nor ignores imagemakers trying to set a higher, more inclusive bar on set and on screen.

Following the screening and reception, Steinrock will lead the live panel discussion about Intimacy Coordination/Direction, what it is, why it’s critical to creative work, and what’s happening right now in Chicago. Panelists to be announced.

The panel event takes place at FACETS
1517 W. Fullerton
Chicago, IL

Saturday, April 15
Body Parts Screening – 2pm
Popcorn & Perrier Reception – 3:30pm – 5:30pm
Panel Event – 4pm – 5pm
Body Parts Screening – 5:30pm

Tickets can be purchased in advance through FACETS’ website and are $12 for general admission and $10 for students & FACETS Members, who get 15% off their ticket purchases with a proof of valid membership. Tickets purchased for the 2pm or 5:30pm screenings on April 15th include admission to the panel discussion, plus a Popcorn & Perrier reception.