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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.
The Legendary filmmaker Joseph Sarno has passed away at the age of 89. Joe was one of the true great directors from the golden age of filmmaking. He made some of the most well known exploitation/sexploitation/XXX films of all time and was adored by thousands of fans around the world. He will be missed by many and our condolences go out to Joe’s family.
I was very young when I first began to know of Joe. He was film guy at my fathers production company, DISTRIBPIX, in the late 60′s and 70′s and even in the 80′s. I would go to work with my dad and that is how I first go to know Joe. He was the koolest guy, especially to a kid, which I was at the time. I have fond memories of being a kid and having dinner with my father and his business associates, and Joe was always there. There was a Chinese restaurant in Chinatown(NYC) and it was everybody’s favorite. It was called 4-5-6. Anyway, they had the best sizzling shrimp/rice soup, amazing fried pork dumplings, and a mind blowing dish called shredded chicken/beef/pork. Many of the dishes were strewn with those red szechuan peppers. Once I remember Joe eating one of those peppers and he started to sweat and turn beet red and his voice got very raspy, it was hilarious. At the time, I really did not know of any of Joe’s work, I was very young and that is the great thing about some of my memories of Joe, they were not necessarily about his filmmaking, but just regular moments, I got to share. Just thought I would share an old memory that came to mind, after learning of his death, earlier today. I am very friendly with Joe’s son, Billy, and he did tell me that Joe has been in and out of the hospital for the past few weeks, so I knew he was ill, but I did not expect this.
Joe was 89 years old and he lived a full and productive life. More often than not ,we have been seeing many legends of the world of filmmaking die way too early in life. I think it is safe to say that in Joe’s case, he had an amazing run. It seems that there is not a single person that I know of who has anything bad to say about Joe Sarno. He was a great guy and even though we were not in constant contact, I will certainly miss him.
As someone who is continuing the great legacy of Distribpix, I am particularly happy trying my best to commemorate the true greats of golden age cinema. For this reason, and with the passing of Joe, we think that it would be a perfect time to introduce a few films by Joe Sarno from the Distribpix vault, THE BED AND HOW TO MAKE IT and NUDE IN CHARCOAL, are 2 that have been re-mastered from the original 35 mm negatives. As soon as we have a release date, we will post it.
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.
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!!