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Jeffrey Dunn Rovinelli and Em Cominotti

In 2014, Em Cominotti and Jeffrey Dunn Rovinelli (a Brooklyn Magazine contributor) began collaborating on what would eventually become the feature film Empathy. The two co-wrote the documentary’s script, with Rovinelli as director and Cominotti as both subject and star. Carefully tracing the contours of Cominotti’s life as a queer escort and sex worker moving between New York City, her native Pittsburgh, and Los Angeles as she reconnects with old friends and clients and...