It's not just learning all of those insane moves—they went to circus school in Vermont for two years to hone the physical and acrobatic part of their craft—but also figuring out how to make a living out of it, while maintaining their relationship. As a documentary on the of total dedication of a pair of artists, "Us, Naked" both inspires and induces despair. It is, in many ways, a documentary of exhaustion. The duo is constantly on the road, scraping together money, and bickering about their act. But seeing the payoff in some fabulously shot performance scenes gives an artist, of any type, the sense of "if I just work hard and sacrifice everything, I can fucking do it. But as is the case with all drama, the film is most affecting when it shows failure.
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Kathy O'Dell. But Charm City never has been short of extraordinary characters Us, Naked: Trixie and Monkey. Watch Now iTunes. Watch Now Amazon. Watch Now YouTube. A pair of acrobatic burlesque performers attempt to juggle art, love and financial stability in this perceptive portrait. It is also a message that anything is possible.
Watch now. Trixie and Monkey will stop at nothing to take their innovative circus-burlesque act to new creative heights. In pursuit of their dream, they relocate from Baltimore to New England to study acrobatics and trapeze. On the weekends they travel relentlessly to test-drive their act on stages as varied as Baltimore rock clubs, Vegas casinos, New York City theaters and beyond. Financial uncertainty, physical exhaustion and romantic tension are always looming; leaving them to wonder will they make it as artists, what success even means and will their love survive? Written by Kirsten D'Andrea Hollander. Inspired by The Farewell director Lulu Wang 's call to action at the Independent Spirit Awards, we celebrate women filmmakers working in their field. Watch the video. Sign In.