The Billy Bagg Double Feature: The Adult Films of Bill Lustig

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The Billy Bagg Double Feature (The Violation of Claudia/Hot Honey),presented by Distribpix Inc. will be the first DVD package of the Sweetheart Theatres DVD line, a line which celebrates the erotic films and cinemas that operated under the Sweetheart Theatre umbrella. This first double feature installment, takes us back to the Word Theater, for a WORLD PREMIERE of both titles, one took placed in 1977, the other in 1978.

Before he became one of the most famous and important horror filmmakers of the 1980s, Bill Lustig(Manic Cop, Vigilante) directed these two X rated oddities. Both films have been newly restored in 2K from their original negatives and each audio commentary with Bill Lustig is moderated by Danishfilm director, Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive, Only God Forgives, Valhalla Rising, Bronson).

The package will be available for pre-order next week, August 25th, 2014. The product may even ship as early as next week, as well.

In THE VIOLATION OF CLAUDIA (1977), the incredible Sharon Mitchell stars as Claudia, a beautiful, wealthy housewife who enters the seedy and bizarre world of prostitution with the help of her manipulative tennis coach (Jamie Gillis).Also starring Crystal Sync, Long Jeane Silvers and Don Peterson.(63min)

BONUS FEATURES: •Director Commentary with Bill Lustig and filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn •Original Theatrical Trailer (Hot Version) •Sildeshow & Ephemera Gallery ______________________________________________

In HOT HONEY (1978), young Honey (Heather Young) refuses to put out for her boyfriend,preferring to tend for her wheelchair bound brother (Jamie Gillis). But soon, Honey begins a strange sexual awakening, seducing men and women alike! Co-starring Serenaand Robin Byrd.(71 min)

BONUS FEATURES: •Director Commentary with Bill Lustig and filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn •Original Theatrical Trailer (Cool Version) •Bonus Podcast with Bill Lustig

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Classic NYC Erotica on 35mm at Anthology Film Archives

In the Flesh at Anthology Film Archives Dec 5-Dec 8, 2013 at 8 pm.

In less than 48 hours Anthology Film Archives  in NYC, will be hosting In the Flesh, a film series which focuses on classic erotic films from the golden age. Curated and organized by film historian, Casey Scott, this is the first run of the series and it is certainly going off with a BANG! The series is scheduled to be 4 nights, 4 films ( one each night), and each night will have at least one or more guests that will help to give the film some historical context. The four films chosen are all East Coast films and all from the Distribpix Archives, and each one is as good as the next. Each night will also have some very entertaining 35 mm trailers from the Distribpix vault.

Lobby Posters at Anthology Film Archives.

Lobby Posters at Anthology Film Archives.

The series is beginning with a very strong line up of NYC staples: High Rise with Music Composer Jack Urbont in person, Through The Looking Glass with director Jonas Middleton in person, Take Off with set photographer Larry Revene in person, Wanda Whips Wall Street with director Larry Revene in person, special guest Scott Baker and mystery guests as well. The guest will be introducing each film and will also be on hand to participate in Q/A session to follow each film. There will also be some fun trivia for prizes, which include DVD’s, posters, press books and more.

It is going to be a very special series and I am very happy to be involved. It is obvious that general interest in classic erotic cinema has been on the rise in recent years. Retro as a whole has made a huge comeback since 2010, but there is no doubt in my mind that the dedication to preserving the films in High Definition and bringing them back to life has fueled the resurgence. Running a film archive is a non stop job and it can be very tedious, so to be able to see these on the big screen is a huge reward.

There have been many email responses to the series and we expect to have a wonderful mix of fans and experts at the theater during the screenings. I have a feeling that it is going to be a very special series and I really hope to see you there.

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DEC 5th – HIGH RISE, 1973 directed by DANNY STEINMANN:

Hailing from a show business family background, Danny Steinmann started his directorial career shooting commercials in Puerto Rico and soon returned to New York, where he continued successfully producing, directing, and editing toy commercials. Seeing the success of Gerard Damiano’s Deep Throat in 1972, Steinmann decided to attempt to make his own profitable adult film, resulting in High Rise, now considered the first comic masterpiece of the X-rated genre. For a first time director, High Rise is an impressive debut, filled with visually stylish flourishes and clever comic scenarios. The film’s success, however, did not lead to further ventures in the hardcore realm. In fact, Steinmann would not return to the director’s chair until 1981, when he helmed the sleeper horror classic The Unseen. Its success led to the two most famous films of his career, Savage Streets (1984) and Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning (1985). To his dismay, the horror sequel would be his last film as a director. Steinmann was finally receiving his due credit as a director and connecting with his fans at film conventions when his life was unexpectedly cut short in 2012.

High Rise Movie Poster at Anthology Film Archives, facing 2nd avenue.

High Rise Movie Poster at Anthology Film Archives, facing 2nd avenue.

Dec 6 – Through The Looking Glass, 1976 directed by JONAS MIDDLETON:

Hailing from the great state of Georgia, Jonas Middleton made one great big, but brief, splash in the adult film genre of the 1970s. Following his low-budget debut, Cherry Blossom (1972), Middleton’s next film, Illusions of a Lady (1974), hinted at the director’s storytelling talents that would be demonstrated in full force with his final and best X-rated film, Through the Looking Glass (1976). The worldwide success of the film did not interest him in continuing to make adult films. His next film project, the sleeper horror hit Just Before Dawn, would be his last before moving into the world of finance for much of the 1980s. Middleton returned to the entertainment industry in 1994, when he began producing instructional videos, and in 2000 he successfully entered the video game business. Today Middleton continues to produce thought-provoking independent features.

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Cherry Blossom and Through The Looking Glass, directed by Jonas Middleton

Dec 7 – Take Off, 1975 directed by ARMAND WESTON:

A director who came to the film world from a background in commercial illustrating and artwork, Armand Weston is one of the adult genre’s legendary auteurs with the smallest oeuvre. All of his films are established classics, from his very first collaboration with future fellow legend Cecil Howard (1972′s Personals) and continuing into his dark noir-ish thrillers, The Defiance of Good (1974), The Taking of Christina (1975), and Expose Me, Lovely (1976). Weston was also the first director to shoot a feature directly onto the new video format with 1977′s Blue Voodoo. But his most lavish and arguably finest adult film must be his swan song to the genre, Take Off (1978), a sprawling epic following the sexual adventures of Darrin Blue, who stays forever young through the magic of an enchanted stag reel. When he wasn’t making films, Weston was designing the beautiful and eye-catching poster art and ad campaigns for the adult film classics of his contemporaries. He made one more film, the unusual horror film The Nesting (1981) with Gloria Grahame, before his untimely death in 1988.

The Nesting, Oil on Canvas, by Armand Weston.

The Nesting, Oil on Canvas, by Armand Weston.

Dec 8 – Wanda Whips Wall Street, 1984 directed by LARRY REVENE:

A true jack of all trades, Larry Revene started his career at the very beginning of the “golden age” of adult cinema and continued to its eventual conclusion with the onset of video production. Revene got his feet wet shooting loops for notorious producer Bob Wolf and was soon serving as photographer and editor for a variety of projects in both the X-rated and commercial industries throughout New York City. He developed a reputation as one of the most talented and visually inventive photographers in the business, allying himself with auteurs like Roger Watkins, Ron Sullivan, Gerard Damiano, the Amero Brothers, and his most famous collaborator Chuck Vincent. Vincent’s films exhibit a glossy and professional look that benefit greatly from Revene’s solid work ethic and artistic eye for composition and lighting. Revene eventually struck out on his own, directing his first film Fascination in 1980 and continuing to direct roughly one film a year for the remainder of the decade in-between a wide variety of photography assignments. Revene’s films told breezily comic stories featuring engaging characters and an infectious sense of fun. Talents like his naturally graduated to the commercial world, where he continues to work as a sought-after cinematographer.

Legendary Director, Larry Revene, on set of a Bob Wolf Production.

Legendary Director, Larry Revene, on set of a Bob Wolf Production.

AND DON’T FORGET, THERE WILL BE TRIVIA WITH SOME VERY UNIQUE PRIZES:

Original Radio Spots on 1/4 inch tape stock, a very rare collectible from the Distribpix Archives

Original Radio Spots on 1/4 inch tape stock, a very rare collectible from the Distribpix Archives

Original Press Books for Through The Looking Glass

Original Press Books for Through The Looking Glass

Original Pres Books for Take Off

Original Press Books for Take Off

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BILL LUSTIG’S VIGILANTE at the NEW BEVERLY CINEMA

just a quick update from Sunny Los Angeles. Been here for 2 full days, amazing, amazing time.  Taking care of business and sitting in lots of traffic. LOL!!

Last night was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. I have never before been to the New Beverly Cinema, and I was there to see Bill Lustig’s VIGILANTE!! . The entire experience was amazing. The theater, for those of you who have not been there, is exceptional. Clean, and very well maintained, the entire place is spot on and they know what they are doing.

The film was introduced by Bill Lustig and then there was a lengthy Q/A after the film, that was moderated by Brian Quinn of Grindhouse Film Festival. Several stars were present, Robert Forster, Fred Williamson, Frank Pesce. These guys truly have a wonderful relationship and it was a wonderful night, they were all incredibly nice, entertaining, funny and truly genuine.

I was amazed at the intensity of the film crowd, they were very involved, loud and lots of clapping when the bad guys get their due!!! It was awesome and they ran some great trailers before the show.

I am now on my way to a wonderful dinner in honor of Jane Hamilton(Veronica Hart) and then we will all be heading back the the New Beverly Cinema, for a midnight screening of Wanda Whips Wallstreet, it is going to be great, lots of giveaways and a great film with great trailers. Thanks again in advance to the New Beverly and Midnight Grind for all they do.

I will leave you with a photo that a very nice guy snapped of me and THE HAMMER, in front of the theater.

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SOME ORIGINAL DISTRIBPIX SELL SHEETS AND POSTERS

WE ARE PROUD OF OUR HUGE LIBRARY OF ASSETS, like original theatrical movie posters, sell sheets, slides, chromes, glossy’s etc. We have thousands of original and unique images, that have been digitized. Here is a small sampling of some of our original sell sheets from the Distribpix library, circa 1968.
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DISTRIBPIX IS BACK…THE SLEEPING GIANT AWAKENS

AFTER 30 YEARS, DISTRIBPIX INC., WILL OPEN THIER VAULT TO REVEAL A TREASURE CHEST OF 35 MM SEXPLOITATION JEWELS, LITERALLY HUNDREDS OF SEXPLOITATION FEATURES FROM THE 1960′S. KEEP YOUR EYES ON THIS BLOG FOR ALL NEWS RELATED TO OUR BRAND NEW DISTRIBPIX RELEASES, ALL WHICH WILL BE TRANSFERRED FROM 35MM NEGATIVES AND PRINTS, AND SOME IN HD. THESE FILMS DEFINITELY REPRESENT A TIME IN FILM HISTORY THAT IS INDEED UNIQUE. SOME HISTORIANS SAY THAT THE FILMS OF DISTRIBPIX ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE BIRTH OF THE MODERN DAY ADULT VIDEO INDUSTRY. THESE ARE THE FILMS THAT CAME BEFORE DEEPTHROAT, LIKE A DECADE BEFORE. MOST PEOPLE THINK THAT DEEPTHROAT WAS THE START, BUT THEY COULD NOT BE FARTHER THAN THE TRUTH.

OUR PRODUCERS AND DIRECTORS ARE AMONG THE BEST OF ALL TIME. WE WILL HIGHLIGHT FILMS FROM THE LIKES OF THE YOUNG RON SULLIVAN, JOE SARNO,LEONARD KIRTMAN, JACK BRAVMAN,MICHAEL FINDLAY, SAM LAKE, FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA AND MANY OTHERS.

SOME OF OUR FIRST TITLES TO BE RELEASED ARE THE EARLY JOE SARNO CLASSICS “NUDE IN CHARCOAL” , “SKIN DEEP IN LOVE” AND “THE BED AND HOT TO MAKE IT”. ALSO, IN THE LINE UP ARE RON SULLIVAN’S “LUST WEEKEND” AND “THE BIZARRE ONES”, WHICH WE MIGHT TREAT AS A DOUBLE FEATURE. THIS IS THE NEXT GENERATION OF SEXPLOITATION, WE HOPE YOU ENJOY OUR APPROACH TO THE PRESERVATION OF THESE THOUGHT TO BE LOST FILMS OF THE LATE 60′S. EACH RELEASE WILL BE TREATED WITH THE UTMOST CARE AND WILL INCLUDE EXTRAS, LIKE SEXPLOITATION TRAILERS AND OUT TAKES, DIRECTOR/ACTOR INTERVIEWS, IN-DEPTH LINER NOTES, HIGH END PACKAGING AND EACH DVD WILL INCLUDE ACTUAL FILM CLIPPINGS, FROM OUR OLD PRINTS.

PHOTO Below, IS ONE OF THOUSANDS OF ARCHIVED DISTRIBPIX PHOTOS FROM THE LATE 1960′S,(RECENTLY DIGITIZED) OF AN OLD NYC THEATER IN NYC, WOW!!!!!, THIS IS REALLY WHERE IT ALL STARTED. FANS OF SEXPLOITATION FILMS FROM THE EARLY NYC GRINDHOUSES, YOU HAVE FOUND YOUR HOME!!