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 foregrounds the stories of workers, as they discuss this fluid and secretive world…

Indie Capitol Awards Official NomineeInternational Free Thought Film Festival Official SelectionSan Francisco Sex Worker Film and Arts Festival

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Annie Sprinkle

Annie is an an American sex educator and former sex worker.  She…

Rachel Aimee

Rachel is a founding editor of $pread Magazine, a mother, a writer,…


Selena is still taking contracts to work as a dancer in Guam.…


Arie, a karaoke hostess, continues to live and work in Guam.


Ebony, a former karaoke hostess and dancer, is currently living in Sint…


Kat, a former dancer, is living and working in Anchorage, Alaska.


Producer/Director/Editor: Amy Oden has been working in video for over 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 Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast Journalism at the University of Maryland in 2004, and began working MHz Networks the same year. She booked large studio shoots at MHz, and pioneered two short form series’ for air. She worked with high profile clients such as the Red Cross and Deutche Welle, and managed crews of up to 35. In 2011, her first feature-length documentary From the Back of the Room was released, and she screened it in seventeen countries. It landed distribution via Amazon Prime and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Amy received her Master of Arts 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 is now living and working in Baltimore. Her work at Maryland Public Television is here, and information about her personal projects is available here:


March 18th in Ann Arbor, MI at the University of Michigan
May 5th in Orlando, FL at the International Freethought Film Festival
May 6th in Arlington, VA at Artomatic
May 24th in Denver, CO at the Mutiny Information Center
May 25th in San Francisco at the Center for Sex and Culture at the SF Sex Worker Fest
June 10th in Columbus, OH at Genoa City
June 11th in Chicago, IL at the Leather Archives & Museum with SWOP!
June 12th in Milwaukee, WI at the Cactus Club
June 13th in Madison, WI at Art In
June 15th at the Draw in Appleton, WI
June 17th at Underground Cinema by WVIFF in Charleston, WV
July 1st & 2nd in Albuquerque, NM at Guild Cinema
September 8th-10th in Seattle, WA at the Grand Illusion Cinema for SECS Fest!
September 29th in Hagatña, GU at the Guam International Film Fest!

July 14th in New Orleans at the Desiree Alliance Annual Conference
August 28th in Washington, DC at the Black Cat
September 17th in Baltimore, MD at the Windup Space
October 8th in NYC at the Spectacle Theater
October 9th in Providence, RI at AS220
October 10th in Boston, MA at the Lucy Parsons Center
October 11th in Northampton, MA with the Good Night's Sleep Screening Collective
October 12th in Williamstown, MA at Williams College
October 13th in Buffalo, NY at Sugar City
October 14th in Pittsburgh, PA at The Mr. Roboto Project
October 15th in NYC at the Spectacle Theater
October 16th in Philly, PA *matinee* at PhilaMOCA
November 10th in Baltimore, MD at The Creative Alliance
November 15th in Washington, DC at Suns Cinema
December 15th in NYC at Starr Bar (with the Sex Worker Project)

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Exotic in The Washington City Paper.
Exotic in The Bushwick Patch.
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