Circus of Books

Viewpoints

World Premiere

USA | 92 MINUTES

CIRCUS OF BOOKS

Documentary, LGBTQIA, Biography
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

CAST & CREDITS

Directed by Rachel Mason

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.
Director
Rachel Mason
Producer
Rachel Mason, Kathryn Robson, Cynthia Childs, Adam Baran, Camilla Hall
Screenwriter
Rachel Mason
Cinematographer
Gretchen Warthen
Composer
Ian Colletti
Editor
Kathryn Robson
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

US Sales Contact
Josh Braun
Submarine
New York, NY 10013
Phone: 917 687 3111
josh@submarine.com
Press Contact
Charlie Olsky
Cinetic Marketing
New York, NY 10001
Phone: 917 545 7260
Charlie@cineticmedia.com
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