Cast: Adam Nayman, April Kidwell, David Schmader, Peaches Christ
Ever since it burst forth onto an unsuspecting world in 1995, Paul Verhoeven’s Showgirls has been both vilified as tawdry, vulgar camp and championed as a no-holds-barred look at women surviving in show business. This breathless documentary weaves the commentary of experts like Peaches Christ and David Schmader over clips from the film and archival interviews with Verhoeven and Elizabeth Berkley in an attempt to solve the enduring legacy of this still-controversial NC-17 saga.
Jeffrey McHale’s inspiration for You Don’t Nomi originated with the unexpected viral success of his 2010 trailer mashup of Showgirls and Black Swan. As a television editor, McHale’s work includes the acclaimed series TechKnow for Al Jazeera English and the groundbreaking World Cup docuseries Phenoms for Fox. Earlier projects, including documentary shorts and music videos, have screened at NewFest, Frameline, Austin Gay & Lesbian International Film Festival, and Melbourne Queer Film Festival. A native of Michigan, McHale began his career at WGN America after studying film at Columbia College Chicago. He lives in Los Angeles with his husband and son.