Free the Nipple (film)

Free the Nipple is a 2014 American comedy-drama independent film directed by Lina Esco and written by Hunter Richards. Esco created the film to draw public attention to the issue of gender equality and encourage discussion over what she perceived as America's glorification of violence and repression of sexuality.[1] When in post-production during February 2014, the film was picked up for distribution by Paris-based WTFilms.[1]

Free The Nipple
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Film poster
Directed byLina Esco
Produced by
  • Lisa Azuelos
  • Lina Esco
  • Gigi Graff
  • Leah Kilpatrick
  • Julien Madon
  • Hunter Richards
Written byHunter Richards
Music by
CinematographyBerenice Eveno
Edited byMatt Landon
  • Bethsabée Mucho
  • Disruptive Films
  • Emotion Pictures
Distributed by
Release date
  • December 12, 2014 (2014-12-12)
CountryUnited States


Led by Liv (Lola Kirke), an army of passionate women launch a revolution to "Free the Nipple" and decriminalize female toplessness. Based on true events, a mass movement of topless women, backed by First Amendment lawyers, graffiti installations, and national publicity stunts, invade New York City to protest censorship hypocrisies and promote gender equality legally and culturally in the U.S.



Miley Cyrus, who had worked with Esco on LOL, came forward to support the film and a woman's right to bare a nipple in public.[2][3][4] Joining Cyrus in her support of Esco and the film are Rumer Willis, Nico Tortorella, Lydia Hearst, Giles Matthey,[5] Cara Delevingne,[citation needed] and Russell Simmons.[6]


The film was picked up by IFC Films, and it was announced on September 29, 2014, that Sundance Selects picked the film for North American release.[7]

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  1. ^ a b Keslassy, Elsa (February 6, 2014). "Berlin: WTFilms Picks Up 'Free The Nipple'". Variety Magazine. Retrieved September 22, 2014.
  2. ^ Park, Andrea (December 17, 2014). "NSFW: Miley Cyrus and Lina Esco want you to 'Free the Nipple'". Metro US. Archived from the original on September 24, 2014. Retrieved September 20, 2014.
  3. ^ Zepps, Josh (December 23, 2013). "Lina Esco: Free the Nipple Campaign" (video interview). Huffpost Live. Retrieved September 20, 2014.
  4. ^ Rutherford, Kevin (December 14, 2014). "Miley Cyrus Bares All in Tweet of Support for 'Free the Nipple' Film". Billboard Magazine. Retrieved September 21, 2014.
  5. ^ Eng, Jared (June 20, 2014). "Rumer Willis Supports Lina Esco at 'Free The Nipple' Fundraiser!". Just Jared. Retrieved September 20, 2014.
  6. ^ Canino, Ashley (July 1, 2014). "Pop Rivets: Free The Nipple". The Riverter. Retrieved September 21, 2014.
  7. ^ Siegemund-Broka (September 29, 2014). "'Free The Nipple' Picked Up By Sundance Selects for North American Release". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 24, 2014.

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