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Patina V is a place where the owner will tell women (and then run for cover), “There are no perfect bodies out there. We make the perfect body.” And the chief designer harkens back to the roots of his craft not only in French 19th-century wax figures but also in the religious icons of medieval times.

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Patina V makes what company owner Norman Glazer calls "the perfect body": female mannequins sized 34 x 25 x 36. In filmmaker Jesse Epstein's engaging and disquieting documentary short, viewers are taken on a brief tour of the
Patina V factory...
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quote_open.gif...examining issues of body image from quirky and revealing angles.
Cathy Fisher

quote_open.gifA look at some of the best short films from this year's SXSW Film Festival. The title of this fascinating documentary refers to the dimensions of the perfect woman, as defined by the owner of the Patina V mannequin factory in California... By turns informative, funny and unsettling, 34 x 25 x 36 is a 100% perfect documentary.
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Jesse Epstein Jesse lives in Brooklyn. Her films WET DREAMS AND FALSE IMAGES received a Short Subject Jury Award at The Sundance Film Festival, THE GUARANTEE received Best Short Film at Newport International Film Festival, and 34x25x36 had National PBS Broadcast on P.O.V. All three films are being distributed through New Day Films. Jesse was selected for of “25 New Faces of Independent Film” by filmmaker magazine. She is also the editor of the Shooting People, Inc. NY Filmmaker’s Network. Jesse Epstein, received an MA in documentary film and gender studies from NYU. She has directed and produced documentary projects both nationally and internationally. Her Public Service Announcement about body image has been shown in the Media That Matters Film Festival in conjunction with the Human Rights Watch International Film Festival and on the Oxygen Media Channel. She is also the founder of a youth video program in Manhattan's Lower East Side, and an instructor for Reel Stories: Sundance's youth documentary lab. Jesse recently received a grant from the Chicken and Egg Fund and the Fledgling Fund to produce a fourth segment of "Body Typed". Jesse grew up in Boston, Mass. She received an MA in documentary film from NYU. Jesse was recently selected for "25 New Faces of Independent Film" by Filmmaker Magazine. For three years she instructed Reel Stories: Sundance's Youth Documentary Workshop. With a grant from Chicken & Egg Pictures, Wet Dreams and False Images, and The Guarantee, are being expanded into a one-hour film about body image and media. To see samples of her films, visit

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