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Let's Talk About Sex: A Call to Action for the Sake of American Teens' Health

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood April 5, 2011 at 5:00AM

New York beauty photographer and commercial director James Houston's expose about sex attitudes, Let's Talk About Sex, launches with a national broadcast on April 9 on cable network The Learning Channel, with New Video's digital/DVD release set for April 12. The documentary aims to raise awareness about how to protect teens against unplanned pregnancy and STDs. See trailer here and below.
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Thompson on Hollywood

New York beauty photographer and commercial director James Houston's expose about sex attitudes, Let's Talk About Sex, launches with a national broadcast on April 9 on cable network The Learning Channel, with New Video's digital/DVD release set for April 12. The documentary aims to raise awareness about how to protect teens against unplanned pregnancy and STDs. See trailer here and below.

TLC will push a national outreach and education campaign in April around the premiere of Let's Talk About Sex, which looks at how American attitudes towards adolescent sexuality impact teenagers. "Youth in the United States are facing a health crisis of high rates of pregnancy and STD’s nationwide," says Houston. "We are failing our children by not having healthy, productive conversations with them about sex. It is my hope that Let's Talk About Sex will be both the catalyst and the tool we need to start those conversations in family rooms and classrooms across the country."

Produced in collaboration with Advocates for Youth, a leading non-profit organization focused on issues relating to adolescent reproductive health, the film interviews parents and kids, and compiles statistics, animation and archival material to create an urgent picture of today's American teens.

Produced by Neal Weisman (The Politician's Wife, Seeing Red, My Kingdom), the film was shot by Claudia Raschke-Robinson, edited by Richard Hankin and exec produced by Jim Clark.

Australian-born Houston has directed commercials for Clinique and HUGO BOSS, and has photographed the likes of Hugh Jackman, Jessica Alba, Kirsten Dunst, and Cate Blanchett for such clients as Loreal Paris, Donna Karan, Hugo Boss and GAP. He has published four books of photographs; proceeds from the most recent, Move (PowerHouse Books), raised close to $500,000 to benefit HIV/AIDS charities.


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.