New Film Highlights Global Pin Up Culture

Kathleen Ryan

By Kathleen Ryan

Pin Up! The Movie Focuses on Pin Up Culture
Film Shows Why Modern Women are Drawn to Vintage Culture


A new interactive documentary is the first ever to look at contemporary pin up culture.

“Pin up and vintage culture are exploding - and no one’s made a movie about it,” says filmmaker Kathleen Ryan.

Pin Up! The Movie follows a group of women through their everyday lives, showing why they’re drawn to the retro style. There are two interrelated stories. In one, a group of women compete for the title of Miss 1940s White Christmas Ball. In the other, an established pin up photographer and her crew seek a fresh face for a magazine spread.

“People think that the pin up is just something men look at,” says director Ryan. “All the women I’ve talked with say they’re doing this for themselves. They love the power, beauty and sisterhood in the culture. The modern pin up’s a pretty feminist creature.”

The project is the third documentary from TaylorCatProductions, directed by award-winning director Ryan and produced by David Staton and Maria Elena Buszek (author of Pin-Up Grrls: Feminism, Sexuality, Popular Culture). This i-doc includes a rich interactive experience, built using the platform Racontr, allowing viewers access to footage, games, photographs, music, and stories not seen in the film.

Ryan launched a Kickstarter campaign for the film this week. She’s helmed successful crowdfunding campaigns in the past. “Pin up and Kickstarter are a perfect fit. There’s sex appeal, a great story, fabulous characters, and terrific images.”

She’s seeking funds to license music as well as archival footage and images for the project. Funds will also be used to develop the interactive documentary site.

Pin Up! The Movie is scheduled to be released to film festivals beginning in summer 2015. The interactive documentary will be released in 2016.

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