DAUGHTERS OF THE SEXUAL REVOLUTION: THE UNTOLD STORY OF THE DALLAS COWBOYS CHEERLEADERS
Directed by Dana Adam Shapiro
A light-hearted celebration and thought-provoking examination of the groundbreaking and earth-shaking phenomenon that was the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders during the 70s and the 80s. With amusing anecdotes from the former members and unprecedented interview access to Suzanne Mitchell, the director and “den mother” to the cheerleaders, their stories come alive in vivid detail — from the high kicks to the low blows. From their TV guest appearance on the Love Boat to entertaining the U.S. troops on an aircraft carrier, they lifted spirits and TV ratings alike. Under the visionary leadership of Mitchell, the team was a showcase for racial diversity and a display of liberating confidence. Creating a paradoxical image of sexy and wholesome at the same time, the cheerleaders had a very strict set of rules that prevented them from cheapening their image. They struggled to find their place as women with careers, higher education, and families, yet were likened to porn stars and sex objects. While many accused them of being exploited, the women felt empowered and gained a sense of pride and purpose, not only as cheerleaders of the Dallas Cowboys football team, but cheerleaders of America.
Director: Dana Adam Shapiro
Producers: Carra Greenberg, Stacey Reiss, Dana Adam Shapiro
Cinematographers: Doug Emmett, Drew Xanthopoulos
Editor: Miranda Yousef, A.C.E.