About The Film

LET’S TALK ABOUT SEX takes a revealing look at how American attitudes towards adolescent sexuality affect today’s teenagers. We live in a society that uses sex to sell everything from lipstick to laptops. Yet fear and silence around sex and sexuality also permeate our culture. Teens are paying a terrible price for this confusion in unintended pregnancy, STDs, and even HIV. And American taxpayers are paying billions to treat these entirely preventable problems.

The film’s director James Houston, an Australian fashion photographer now based in New York, tries to make sense of our contradicting attitudes about sex and sexuality by talking to the people they most affect: teens and their families. The film’s groundbreaking research includes testimony from experts and an examination of how other nations have succeeded at protecting adolescent sexual health where the U.S. is failing. A winner of the Youth Award at the Mostra de Ciencia e Cinema Festival and an official selection of the Provincetown International Film Festival, LET’S TALK ABOUT SEX challenges the viewer to take on this often uncomfortable subject and help protect the future of our young people.

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At a high school for pregnant teens in Los Angeles, young girls are contemplating teen parenthood. In Washington DC, where HIV infection rates rival several African countries, community outreach workers are trying to save lives.

LET’S TALK ABOUT SEX also travels to the Netherlands, where Houston compares European attitudes with America. The film concludes in Oregon, where the lessons learned in Western Europe are helping to create practical solutions. Real parents and youth, compelling statistics, animation and archival material, all combine to paint an urgent picture of American youth in crisis. A crisis that not a lot of people are talking about.

Interviewing youth in the Netherlands.

Directed by James Houston and produced by Neal Weisman, the film was shot by Claudia Raschke- Robinson (Mad Hot Ballroom) and edited by Richard Hankin (Capturing The Friedmans). Co-producer is Amy Hobby (Secretary) and Tim Duffy, music is by J Ralph (The Cove, Man On Wire)/The Rumor Mill. Executive Producer is Netscape founder Jim Clark (The Cove). Produced in collaboration with Advocates for Youth, a leading non-profit organization dealing with issues relating to adolescent sexuality, the recently completed film will be launched with a massive grassroots and educational outreach campaign. Platforms will include broadcast, non-commercial theatrical screenings, Internet launch and an extensive DVD distribution.