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Watch Now: Susan For Now

First off, this video is totally NSFW. However, if you’re in the mood to watch a woman willingly have her nipples be set on fire (briefly), play the above.

Last year, I reviewed Robin Franzi’s fascinating S&M documentary Susan For Now, which was about an hour in length. Now Franzi has edited a new nine minute, sort-of-like-a-highlight-reel version of the film and posted it to Al Gore’s Current TV website, which is what the above embedded video is.

Yes, there’s quite a bit of S&M in the above video, including a woman being smeared with flammable gel, as well as doughy, naked middle-aged men getting tied up and whipped and beaten. But, honestly, what was great about the original film and the short is that even though this was Franzi’s first film, she was able to conduct amazing interviews with her subjects that were very personal and informative and lively. The nine-minute video is a great snippet and I found the material — even though I had seen it all before — really interesting and engaging a second time. Nine minutes isn’t very long, but you really get to understand these people and why they’re into what they’re into.

The film has been playing at several festivals and will next be screening at the ReelHeART International Film Festival on Wednesday, June 18 at 10:00 p.m. This is the same festival that Chris Hansen‘s Clean Freak will be screening. So, check that fest out. It’s got some interesting films playing.

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