FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
First-Ever Full Length Documentary on American Circumcision Now Being Kickstarted
Austin, Texas — October 24, 2016
American circumcision. It’s one of the most controversial and widely discussed topics around. It’s also the name of a new film that’s being Kickstarted beginning today.
While many are already aware of the pros and cons of removing the male foreskin during infancy, “American Circumcision” will take viewers inside the burgeoning grassroots movement to challenge the practice.
The circumcision rate for American male newborns has declined in recent years and the intactivist (intact + activist) movement is playing a large role.
“I think viewers will be surprised by the caliber of people who are active in the movement,” says filmmaker Brendon Marotta. “There are some very serious, very thoughtful individuals who are looking at this issue from medical, legal, ethical and religious viewpoints.” Marotta, who works as a freelance film editor, is a graduate of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, having earned his earning his B.F.A. in film editing and sound. “American Circumcison” will be his directorial debut.
Since the release of its latest policy statement on circumcision, the American Academy of Pediatrics has drawn considerable ire from intactivsts who maintain the group is more interested in the wallets of its members than in the best interests of boys and men. The film will go deep into the controversial AAP policy that is often cited by those who defend the merits of the procedure.
“I’ve been very fortunate to interview one of the architects of the current AAP policy statement, and also a member of the last taskforce on male infant circumcision. What these individuals have to say is both surprising and powerful,” Marotta says.
“American Circumcision” is already in post-production, meaning that all of the footage has been shot. The last hurdle will be editing the film together. Marotta is currently Kickstarting this last step.
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