Hotdocs is coming to Toronto, and this film has a little bit of buzz (from it’s Sundance debut), and a lot of ‘intentional mystery,’ about it. The film is ostensibly about ‘competitive endurance tickling’ (which, not surprisingly, is a thing) but clearly from the clawed hand in this poster, there is something sinister going on. What does this poster say to you?
After stumbling upon a bizarre “competitive endurance tickling” video online, wherein young men are paid to be tied up and tickled, reporter David Farrier reaches out to request a story from the company. But the reply he receives is shocking—the sender mocks Farrier’s sexual orientation and threatens extreme legal action should he dig any deeper. So, like any good journalist confronted by a bully, he does just the opposite: he travels to the hidden tickling facilities in Los Angeles and uncovers a vast empire, known for harassing and harming the lives of those who protest their involvement in these films. The more he investigates, the stranger it gets, discovering secret identities and criminal activity.