Reviews and Press

Margaret Cho - comedienne/actor
"This tremendously important and provocative film uses humor and great insight to illuminate our dark past...I loved it almost as much as I love my vibrator!"

Dr. Gina Ogden - best selling author "The Heart and Soul of Sex"
"All thumbs up for Passion and Power! This high-spirited cliche-busting documentary reveals all you ever wanted to know about the M-word, the O-word and more. You'll laugh, gasp and open your eyes to the longtime control of what women really want and how freeing it can be to take pleasure literally into your own hands. As a sexuality therapist, I've heard many a woman confide - my vibrator is my Significant Other."

Bonnie Graham - Radio Host New York
"...spectacular, magnificent photography... the interviews are in magnificent settings with clever framings that are active... motion is happening while people are talking... the movie MOVES! It's quite a MASTERPIECE!!"

Natalie Angier - New York Times
"Electricity has given so much comfort to womankind ...
It gave her the vacuum cleaner, the pop-up toaster and the automatic ice dispenser. And perhaps above all, it gave her the vibrator . . .

2/5/08 Variety by Dennis Harvey
Diamonds aren't a girl's best friend in "Power & Passion," Wendy Slick and Emiko Omori's delightful, even inspirational survey of the historical attitudes, treatments and controversies attending female orgasm -- in particular, its stellar medical-technological helper, the vibrator."

12/22/07 TheWIP by Jessica Mosby
"Including the word "orgasm" in the title of your documentary film is a bold move. After seeing the film Passion and Power: Technology of Orgasm at the Mill Valley Film Festival, I wanted to talk to the equally bold women behind the film: Bay area filmmakers Wendy Slick and Emiko Omori."

10/4/07 AlterNet by Rachel Kramer Bussel
"A new documentary offers up a disturbing history of the first vibrators and shows that sex toys aren't just for pleasure -- they're political. "

10/3/07 Marin Independent Journal by Paul Liberatore
"At the press conference announcing this year's Mill Valley Film Festival lineup, Zoe Elton, the event's director of programming, was asked which film she thought was the most controversial.

Quick as you could flick a switch, she answered: "Passion & Power: The Technology of Orgasm."


9/18/07 Eros-Zine by Thomas S. Roche
"San Francisco Bay Area filmmakers Wendy Slick and Emiko Omori have taken on the battle for women's orgasm . . ."

8/28/07 Village Voice by Tristan Taormino
"I never thought I'd see vibrators dancing in the closing credits of a movie at Lincoln Center. But that's just what I saw at the world premiere of Passion & Power: The Technology of Orgasm . . ."

8/20/07 Gizmodo by Annalee Newitz
"Two filmmakers spent 7 years . . . to make a documentary about the history of vibrators . . ."

7/22/07 SF Chronicle by Patricia Yollin, Chronicle Staff Writer
Bay Area filmmakers Wendy Slick and Emiko Omori never imagined that it would take more than seven years to make a documentary about one electrical appliance. They were wrong.

Their subject was the history of vibrators.