SEATTLE /HalcyonTV/ -- Magic Lantern Pictures presents Seattle's Bikini Baristas, a short documentary film exploring the scantily-clad-barista coffee shop scene. The film exposes how female "bikini baristas" struggle with the troublesome and inappropriate behavior of their male clientele, and the way in which sexual harassment is essentially part of the job. After being featured in five film festivals, including the Tacoma Film Festival, the film will premiere on Magic Lantern Picture's YouTube channel on Friday, May 1.
As one baristas shares, "In America sex sells. Quite frankly, I'm here making money off of the men who are checking me out."
Director Benjamin Nolot explains, "We first began filming in the Bikini Barista coffee stands as part of a larger commentary on the sexual culture in America, but what we discovered was something we didn't expect: the rampant normalization and commodification of sexual harassment."
Despite Governor Jay Inslee's prohibition of non-essential business activities in order to minimize the spread of COVID-19, these shops remain open.
Viewers will be able to watch the film for free at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=srvKMRhon2w