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VIEWPOINTS

CIRCUS OF BOOKS

Directed by Rachel Mason
FEATURE DOCUMENTARY 92 Minutes World Premiere
FILM GUIDE CIRCUS OF BOOKS
How do you explain to your friends that your mom and pop run a gay pornography shop? This is just one question that director Rachel Mason asks in this intimate and probing documentary. When their medical device company went under, Karen and Barry Mason needed a source of income to tide them over. They found a temporary gig distributing explicit magazines for publisher Larry Flynt. This eventually morphed into a mini adult empire, including the titular retail shop—a fixture on West Hollywood's Santa Monica Boulevard for decades—and later, a hardcore film production company.

Turning the camera on her parents and siblings, Mason explores the contradictions of growing up in an unconventional household where her mom could be found volunteering at her synagogue or re-stocking issues of Hand Job Magazine. Sex was never discussed at home, but it was films like A Rim with a View that helped put the kids through college. Circus Of Books chronicles the Masons and their uncommon journey: obscenity charges during the Reagan era, bearing witness to the AIDS epidemic, and facing financial struggles given their aging customer base. It's an honest and engaging portrait of the legendary X-rated emporium and its unlikely proprietors.

—Mimi Brody
Documentary, LGBTQIA, Biography
About the Director(s)
Rachel Mason is a filmmaker whose background is in art and music. Originally from Los Angeles, she has written and recorded hundreds of songs, exhibited work in galleries and museums internationally, and continues to work in the area between performance, music, film, and art.

Film Info
  • Section:
    Viewpoints
  • Year:
    2019
  • Length:
    92 minutes
  • Language:
    English
  • Country:
    USA
  • Premiere:
    World
  • Connect:
Cast & Credits
  • Director:
    Rachel Mason
  • Producer:
    Rachel Mason, Kathryn Robson, Cynthia Childs, Adam Baran, Camilla Hall
  • Screenwriter:
    Rachel Mason
  • Cinematographer:
    Gretchen Warthen
  • Editor:
    Kathryn Robson
  • Composer:
    Ian Colletti
  • Executive Producer:
    John Battsek, Gerald Herman, Rhianon Jones
  • Co-Producer:
    Camilla Hall
  • Add'l Credit 1:
    Bob Hawk, consulting producer
  • Cast:
    Larry Flynt, Justin Honard (aka Alaska Thunderfuck), Jeff Stryker

Contacts
  • Print Source
    Kathryn Robson
    Futureclown productions
    Los Angeles, 90038 CA
    Phone: 310 773 8673
    rachelannmason@gmail.com
  • International Sales Contact
    Josh Braun
    Submarine
    New York, NY 10013
    Phone: 917 687 3111
    josh@submarine.com
  • US Sales Contact
    Josh Braun
    Submarine
    New York, NY 10013
    Phone: 917 687 3111
    josh@submarine.com
  • Press Contact
    Charlie Olsky
    Cinetic Media
    New York, NY 10001
    Phone: 917 545 7260
    charlie@cineticmedia.com

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