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Directed by Jeffrey McHale
FEATURE DOCUMENTARY 94 Minutes World Premiere
When it was released in 1995, Paul Verhoeven’s Showgirls was reviled. The first NC-17 release to receive a wide theatrical release, the public and critics of the era—with a loud, clear, collective voice—rejected the film. It was nominated for a record 13 Razzie Awards, and won a then-record seven. Roger Ebert, in one of the more generous reviews the film received, summed his opinion up by noting that, “the film is not, in short, quite unredeemably bad.”

But Showgirls’ reputation has been resuscitated in the intervening 24 years, and conceding one’s admiration for Nomi Malone’s sordid tale is no longer the admission of questionable taste it once signified. You Don’t Nomi brilliantly draws on archival footage of Showgirls’ production, revealing interviews with the major players, and surprisingly thoughtful conversations with the cinephiles who are leading the charge in the film’s redemptive journey from a notorious flop to cult classic. Is it a masterpiece? Or is it a piece of shit? McHale’s addictive documentary argues for a third designation: the masterpiece of shit.

—Jason Gutierrez
Documentary, LGBTQIA
About the Director(s)
Jeffrey McHale hails from the midwest and is a television editor by trade who's worked with Netflix, WGN America, and Al Jazeera America, and screened films at Frameline, NewFest, and more. You Don’t Nomi is his first feature documentary. He lives in LA with his husband and their son.

Film Info
Cast & Credits
  • Director:
    Jeffrey McHale
  • Producer:
    Jeffrey McHale, Ariana Garfinkel, Suzanne Zionts
  • Screenwriter:
    Jeffrey McHale
  • Editor:
    Jeffrey McHale
  • Composer:
    Mark Degli Antoni
  • Associate Producer:
    Zel McCarthy
  • Cast:
    Peaches Christ, Jeffery Conway, April Kidwell, Haley Mlotek, Adam Nayman, David Schmader

  • Press Contact
    Rob Scheer
    Brigade Marketing
    New York, NY 10011
    Phone: 516 680 3755
  • Print Source
    Jeffrey McHale
    Los Angeles, CA 90046
    Phone: 773 663 7447
  • International Sales Contact
    Nate Bolotin
    XYZ Films
    Los Angeles, CA 90016
    Phone: 310 956 1554
  • US Sales Contact
    Nate Bolotin
    XYZ Films
    Los Angeles, CA 90016
    Phone: 310 956 1554


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