Sunday, February 3, 2013

Female Escorts Doc Comes to Phoenix

American Courtesans, screening at the Bloody Hero International Film Festival in Phoenix next weekend (February 8-10), is the latest in a very long line of media appearances by former Beverly Hills escort Norma Jean Almodovar.

As her fascinating Web biography page outlines, she went from being an LAPD traffic cop, to Beverly Hills escort, to non-profit activist. Anyone who gets to meet her today, even though she has made countless past media appearances including 60 Minutes and Larry King, is rightly still flabbergasted by the span of her experiences.

From the production notes for the film, which was co-produced and co-directed by James Johnson and Kristen DiAngelo:

Her story is one that few would believe could even happen. We spent the day listening to this brilliant woman, whose IQ was clearly off the charts, as she described her life from childhood through the point where she became one of the first female cops in the LAPD. After spending ten years with the LAPD, she needed to leave. Norma Jean takes us through a tale of police corruption, the life of a LA call girl, and her 3+ years in prison.
She describes the lengths that people actually went through to stop her from publishing her 1993 book Cop to Call Girl... Today Norma Jean is the LA face of C.O.Y.O.T.E., and non-profit International Sex Worker Foundation for Art, Culture and Education (ISWFACE).

Pretty much everything else about this documentary is out of the norm, including how it all started. Johnson, shooting footage for longtime sex worker DiAngelo's website in September 2011, decided after visiting notorious NYC S&M club Paddles that it was time to profile the lives of American sex workers.

After a cast-and-crew screening last November in Santa Monica, a reviewer gave it a mixed grade but also commended "the courage of the sex workers who chose to participate in this project." Alongside Almodovar and just under a dozen women interviewed for the film, American Courtesans also features participants whose on-camera identity is masked.

[American Courtesans]


  1. American Courtesans releases July 12th on VoD, Cable, DVD/Blueray! Check out our IMDb page at to view the trailer go to

  2. You might also enjoy this: a blunt--but clean--talk about the ups and downs, and in and outs of America's oldest profession with one of its most elite international escorts, Kristen DiAngelo. She stars in and produced the new documentary film, American Courtesans. Is it for everybody? No. But if you have an open mind, Kristen has quite a story to tell.

    1. Hi Bob:

      Thanks for the link. You've got a very interesting podcast going on down there in St. Petersburg.

      This is a good primer for anyone interested in the documentary.

    2. Thanks Richard! Very kind of you and I appreciate what you do as well!

    3. I listened to your entire convo w/Kristen. I urge anyone interested in this topic to bookmark, listen. She covers a lot of very interesting sex-worker industry territory.

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