Today, I am taking a 3 hour drive up to the Catskill Mountains, to see legendary porn actor Michael Dattorre (Michael Gaunt). He starred in some of the greatest adult features of all time. I am visiting him to do a short interview and some commentary and voice over for the upcoming Barbara Broadcast release. I am more than excited as I have met Michael before, and his energy, his charisma and commitment to his craft is second to none. To this day he remains actively involved in the theatre and film.
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Adult Legend Harry Reems passed away yesterday at the age of 65. Harry has been in poor health for the past year or so and lost his battle with cancer. Our thoughts go out to his family and loved ones.
To many, Reems is a household name, simply because of his participation in one single film, DEEPTHROAT, which is maybe the most popular of adult films. The film was the subject of major political turmoil throughout the 70′s and Reems, along with others were all arrested. But before Deepthroat, Harry was already a veteran of the NY sex scene. He started making loops with his peers like Jamie Gillis and Marc Stevens- and all three then went on to star in several Distribpix films of the late 60′s and early 70′s -Pre throat. Then came Deepthroat, and through it all, he remained a gentlemen. He continued to star in the industry in hundreds of titles and is easily one of the most popular actor/icon/adult stars.
One of my favorite scenes with Harry Reems/ Tamie Trevor, in High Rise, 1973(Danny Stone). Recently this film was scanned in 2k resolution, but the below are some standard screen grabs!
EXCLUSIVE NEWS: MISTY BEETHOVEN PRINT FOUND FOR SCREENING!!!
The screening of the restored version of The Opening of Misty Beethoven, which is set for tomorrow night at Anthology Film Archives at 9:30pm, will now be an actual screening of a 35 mm print, which is in wonderful condition. The majority of film fans would much rather view a print as opposed to a DVD or BLU RAY, especially in a theater experience/setting. As a matter of fact, I know many who would prefer a beat up print, over a DVD, when it comes to any screening. It is going to be an amazing experience. We are hoping that this last minute news will be more than a surprise and I hope that it brings out a few more.
I will be on hand to introduce the film, along with Process Blue’s Joe Rubin. Joe’s company Process Blue performed the 2 k scan and digital restoration for the entire project. While we will keep our dialog short, we will be there all night long, so please feel free to come over to us and ask any questions or introduce yourself.
Also, we will have limited quantities at discounted pricing of the following:
DVD/BLU RAY/CD SOUNDTRACKS/POSTERS of THE OPENING OF MISTY BEETHOVEN
I hope to see you all tomorrow night!
The long awaited DVD debut of Ray Hoersch’s X rated underground comedy THE EROTIC MEMOIRS OF A MALE CHAUVINIST PIG is finally upon us!
Part art film and part psychotic sex-comedy, PIG features the talents of Georgina Spelvin, Tina Russell, Darby Lloyd Rains and more.
DVD special features:
New HD transfer from the 35mm negative
Original theatrical trailer
Extensive Liner Notes booklet
Bonus short film from the Distribpix archive: BOX BALL
Look for it on Tuesday, March 5th!
Hope your all doing well. I must give you all a blanket apology for being MIA recently. I must admit I was thrown a curve by the success of the Misty Beethoven release and got caught up in the mix. I will try to stay on the radar from now on!! We are moving ahead and working on completing the Barbara Broadcast re-release package. So here for the first time ever, are some screen grabs from the brand new 2k scan of Barbara Broadcast.
Today ,I got a phone call telling my that that legendary director, Danny Stienman (High Rise, Friday the 13th) had passed away last week. I hung up right away. Immediately, I called my close friend, who is regularly in touch with Danny, to make him aware and ask him if he could confirm this story. I got a call back from him within minutes, and the news is not only true but as sad as can be. Danny has left us. I have very limited details, but we have confirmation from the family that he is deceased and he left us last week.
Over the past few years, I began to get to know Danny and got to speak with him from time to time, and on occasion I would send him DVD copies of his one-hit adult wonder “High Rise” , which he would bring to the horror conventions and be able to sign them for fans, he was really proud of that film, we had plans on so many occasions to sit down and record an amazing commentary, as he wanted so badly to share his thoughts. We recently spoke on the phone and I told him that we have restored High Rise in HD and he was thrilled, he was actually excited. I knew he was having some health issues, but I had not idea how bad things really must have been. I am really sorry to have to post this news, and I know many of you may already be aware. I am also aware that Danny has legions of horror fans etc, so please spread the word, as this blog is not a hot bed of traffic activity.
I truly hope that Danny was not in any major pain, I will miss him and I know that many others will. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends. If I can find out more news, I will certainly share it.
THERE TALKING ABOUT MISTy BEETHOVEN, THERE TALKING ABOUT MISTY BEETHOVEN!
As we have been informed, the project is still coming down, it is just a matter of hours right now. A huge blow for many of us, a huge blow. Plus, all because of one absolutely terrible person, more on that another time! LOL.
Well, we are overwhelmed with the support of you guys, without the funding, I am never going to be able to get this project done, and now you guys see what I am up against. It is terrible, I am always fighting the current, I can catch a fucking break.
Anyway, I am upset with Kickstarter.com, because we treated the process and their network with respect and care, and they don’t even think it is appropriate to give us a thorough explanation. Based on other adult projects that have gained funding through Kickstarter, we feel that this is a bias decision, and that is the reason why Kickstarter.com needs to come clean. Or contact me personally, and treat me, the way we treated the process. I am not a criminal.
The backers of our project, are incredible. Overwhelmed, with emails for the past 12 hours, it really is intense. I have now over 64 emails, of people who want to continue with this project, no matter what we do and where we go, like I said, this could be kool. We are going to milk this press and get more than we did before. “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade”! We can turn this into something really special.
And I have already come up with more amazing rewards, that will convert anyone on the edge of joining this campaing. It may not have the same huge community feel that KS had, but if the rumors are true about what is going on at Kickstarter.com, than I do not want to be involved with them, in any form. And currently, I am backing projects!
Here are some letters from angry or frustrated Kichstarter.com backers, and some are telling me now, that there emails are being denied by Kickstarter.com and rejected from the servers. Is that possible? Is it me, or are we all starting to get a different vision about KS stands for?
HERE ARE SOME ACTUAL EMAILS FROM LOYAL MISTY BACKERS:
It’s come to my attention that Kickstarter intends to pull the plug on this project:
While I understand and respect Kickstarter has a policy probhibiting adult material, this film definitely falls into a grey area in that regard. Not only is this film considered to be one of the greatest ‘adult’ films ever made, it’s also widely considered to be one of the greatest arthouse films ever made. This isn’t some plotless compilation of explicit scenes but instead a well made, well acted and incredibly artistic film, though indeed one meant for a mature audience.
While it may be easy to make a blanket dismissal of this project based only on the more explicit nature of the movie, keep in mind that Distribpix intends to present the film in its proper historical context. This film WAS part of a movement, it has gone on to become quite influential and is absolutely a picture of historical significance.
I politely request that the powers that be reconsider their decision and let this project continue. This isn’t about ‘dirty movies’ but about film preservation and an attempt to shed some light on the fascinating story behind a very important part of American cinematic pop culture.
Just to let you know that I (and probably everybody else who has pledged so far) will be backing this project regardless of your current predicament. The level of care and attention that you have lavished upon this project puts most major studio efforts to shame, and it must be a real kick to the nuts when some depressed, repressed souls decide to pull the plug on all of your hard work. It is indicative of the way that certain corporate sensibilities manage to convulse and strangle themselves into a public position of moral rectitude when all they are doing is obstructing a genuine attempt to celebrate a genuine milestone in popular cultural history (and perhaps make you a few $ along the way).
Please let me know if there is any information you need if you cannot collect it from Kickstarter. Thanks, and I am very hopeful to have a copy of Misty on Blu-Ray!