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  • CineKink Debuts ‘The Sarnos: A Life in Dirty Movies'

    Press release!

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    CineKink Selects 'The Sarnos: A Life in Dirty Movies' to Open Eleventh Annual Kinky Film Festival

    NEW YORK, NY; February 11, 2014 - CineKink has announced that THE SARNOS: A LIFE IN DIRTY MOVIES will be the “CineKink Season Opener” selection for its eleventh annual film festival, CineKink NYC, running February 25-March 2, 2014.

    The documentary is a love story about legendary sexploitation director Joe Sarno, “the Ingmar Bergman of 42nd Street,” and his wife and collaborator Peggy. Following the couple for a year, as 88-year old Joe struggles to get a new project off the ground, the film's intimate perspective reveals a filmmaker's golden years and a quest for significance, while providing a look back at the evolution of softcore films into the hardcore porn that all but put the Sarnos out of business.

    “I always knew that Joe and Peggy, and their relationship, would be a big part of the film,” said director Wiktor Carlsson Ericsson, describing how he became involved with the project. “I fell in love with them before I knew anything about Joe's filmmaking: 'Imagine your favorite grandparents, only they make sex movies!'”

    “I've been a long-time fan of Joe Sarno's films, and the way they capture the abandon and hedonism of a particular time and place,” said Lisa Vandever, co-founder and director of CineKink. “What struck me here was the poignancy of a man looking back at his life, and working to revive what had once given him a sense of purpose and relevance.”

    THE SARNOS: A LIFE IN DIRTY MOVIES will screen on Wednesday, February 26, 7:00 PM at Anthology Film Archives (32 Second Avenue, NYC), where the majority of the festival's screenings are also unfolding. Immediately following, at 9:00 PM, CineKink will present THE BED AND HOW TO MAKE IT, a black-and-white classic from Sarno's early, New York-centered prime, which follows the sordid goings-on that transpire when a young woman goes to work as a chambermaid in her aunt's motel.

    CineKink NYC kicks off the previous evening, Tuesday, February 25, with a gala fundraising kick-off party at Taj Lounge (48 W. 21st St., NYC), and runs through Sunday, March 2, concluding with an awards ceremony and an AfterGlow closing party.

    Known as the “kinky film festival,” CineKink NYC (http://cinekink.com/programs-and-events/nyc/) will again feature films and videos that celebrate and explore a wide diversity of sexuality. With offerings drawn from both the independent cinema world and the adult, works presented at the festival will range from documentary to drama, comedy to experimental, slightly spicy to quite explicit - and everything in between.

    The screening of THE SARNOS: A LIFE IN DIRTY MOVIES is made possible by Film Movement, which will be distributing the documentary sometime next summer. THE BED AND HOW TO MAKE IT is courtesy of DistribPix.
    For more information and tickets, visit http://www.cinekink.com

    PHOTOS - http://cinekink.dphoto.com



    ADDITIONAL MATERIALS/EVENT CREDENTIALS - http://cinekink.com/news-and-press/press-materials

    ABOUT CINEKINK:

    Just entering its eleventh season, CineKink is an annual film festival and national screening tour that celebrates and explores the wide diversity of sexuality. Presented by CineKink, an organization dedicated to the recognition and encouragement of sex-positive and kink-friendly depictions in film and television, works showcased by the festival range from documentary to drama, spicy to explicit - and everything in between!

    For more information, visit http://www.cinekink.com
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  • #2
    New episode of The Projection Booth covers this one.

    http://projection-booth.blogspot.com...-in-dirty.html

    "Called "The Ingmar Bergman of 42nd Street," Joe Sarno delivered an usual blend of artfulness and sexiness to the raincoat crowd. On this special episode of The Projection Booth, we talked to Wiktor Ericsson, the director of The Sarnos: A Life in Dirty Movies which is a much a love story between Joe and Peggy Sarno as it is a documentary about Joe Sarno's career and final years of his life."

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    • #3
      This is going to be screening at Anthology Film Archives in September along with 6 Sarno films. Peggy Steffans Sarno will be in attendance at some of the screenings.

      http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/fil...s/series/43125

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      • #4
        Press release!

        SOFT-CORE AUTEUR JOE SARNO DOCUMENTARY
        A LIFE IN DIRTY MOVIES
        AVAILABLE ON DVD NOVEMBER 25

        Cult film icon John Waters, film historians recount filmmaker's impact; DVD includes exclusive bonus features

        FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

        October 28, 2014 (New York, NY) - Film Movement, the distributor of award-winning independent and foreign films, announces today that A LIFE IN DIRTY MOVIES, a documentary that follows soft-core auteur Joe Sarno and his wife Peggy as they attempt to make one final film, will be available to own on DVD and at all digital providers on November 25, 2014.

        A love story about legendary sexploitation director Joe Sarno, "The Ingmar Bergman of 42nd Street," and his loyal wife and collaborator Peggy, A LIFE IN DIRTY MOVIES follows the Sarnos for a year as 88-year-old Joe struggles to get a new film project off the ground - a female-centric softcore film that harkens back to the style of his heyday as a filmmaker in the 1960s. As audiences tag along for the eventful and often hilarious journey between wintery Manhattan and the couple's summer retreat in Sweden, the film's intimate perspective reveals a filmmaker on the verge of being rediscovered in his golden years.

        Watch, embed and share the trailer for A LIFE IN DIRTY MOVIES,
        available to own on DVD November 25.

        Intercut is a look back to the evolution of softcore films seen as racy in their day into unmistakable hardcore porn that all but put Sarno and his artform out of business, including conversations with the likes of filmmaker John Waters, porn star Jamie Gillis and film historian Michael Bowen. The film chronicles Sarno's significant place in film history as an "erotic auteur," whose ambitions as a filmmaker often surpassed the needs of the genre he helped define.

        Praise for A LIFE IN DIRTY MOVIES include:

        "A Life in Dirty Movies hooks you with its title, then surprises by supplementing its salacious material with a charming look at the couple who made those dirty movies. ...If A Life In Dirty Movies had a tagline, it would be "Come for the sex, stay for the love story." It's a deeper, more rewarding experience than its title suggests." -RogerEbert.com

        "Mr. Ericsson, as if taking a cue from Mr. Sarno's apparent preference for developing female characters, makes Peggy the most striking personality on screen. With a killer voice and effortless poise, she's a New York mix of cosmopolitan and down-to-earth direct, and a protective companion to her husband and perceptive critic of his work." -The New York Times

        "The material about the modern-day Peggy and Joe is incredibly sweet. They're both endearingly matter-of-fact, as two people who spent the better part of their lives on movie sets populated by naked people would be." -The Dissolve

        Available to own on November 25 at FilmMovement.com, Amazon.com and other retailers, the DVD includes numerous bonus features: bonus clips not included in the film, and featurettes on two of Joe Sarno's films, Young Playthings and Fí¤bodjí¤ntan. The feature film will also be available to own digitally.

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        A LIFE IN DIRTY MOVIES (2013, 80 min.) Directed by Wiktor Ericsson. Featuring Joe Sarno, Peggy Sarno, John Waterse, Michael Bowen, Jamie Gillis, Annie Sprinkle. Cinematography: Dino Harambasic, Martin Thorbjí¶rnsson, Sophie Winqvist. Editors: Erik Bí¤fving, Dino Harambasic, Steen Johannessen. Producers: Liselotte Ericsson, Ingunn Knudsen, Erik Magnusson, Martin Persson. Sweden/USA. English. Unrated. A Film Movement and RAM Releasing co-release. Additional information, press kit, trailer and film stills can be found here.

        About Film Movement:
        Launched in 2002, Film Movement is a full-service North American distributor of award-winning independent and foreign films, based in New York City. Film Movement has released more than 250 feature films and shorts from 50 countries on six continents, including top prize winners from Sundance, Cannes, Venice, Toronto, Berlin, Tribeca and other prestigious festivals. Film Movement releases its films through numerous distribution channels, including thousands of art-house cinemas, universities and libraries; home video; television outlets; Cable Video on Demand (including its very own branded cable VOD platform - Film Festival on Demand - available in over 40 million US homes); In-flight Entertainment, and broadband outlets. For more information, please visit www.filmmovement.com

        More info here.
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        • #5
          Saw this earlier on this year with Peggy in attendance. Well worth a look in.

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          • #6
            Watched it last night on Netflix and while it didn't really go as in-depth as I'd hoped it would nor did it really tell me much about Sarno that I didn't already know it was an interesting piece. I liked that it focused as much on his relationship with Peggy as much as his actual work as a director. It gave the movie a warmth and a personality that I appreciated, and I'll admit I got a little teary-eyed during that scene towards the end where they're holding hands watching TV in bed - because I knew what was coming.

            Neat to see some familiar faces pop up in here too. There's still room for a more thorough documentary and critical analysis of his work - this isn't it - but it serves a different purpose and it succeeds on its on level.
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            • #7
              I just ordered the dvd from importcsd, can't wait.

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              • #8
                DIRTY MOVIES is a decently made documentary that touchingly shows the last days of Sarno's life with his wife in a poignant manner.

                But, as history, it seriously whitewashes Sarno's career. Fact is, he made MORE hardcore XXX movies than the softcore ones that you would believe make up the bulk of his filmmography from watching this doc. I'm not saying that they should have dwelled on it, but, the movie makes it seem like he dipped his toe in hardcore and then disappeared from movie-making altogether save for a couple of softcore 70s pictures. The sad fact is that forced to make a living Sarno directed dozens of hardcore pictures for close to 20 years including some pretty major porn pics like INSIDE SEKA and TIGRESSES.

                Also curious is that his 2004 Seduction Cinema softcore comeback movie SUBURBAN SECRETS is ignored. I fully understand why the focus should have remained on Sarno's pioneering 60s and early 70s work, but, for a movie entitled A LIFE IN DIRTY MOVIES, for it to ignore the bulk of his output is pretty disengenous.

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                • #9
                  Is this what it takes?

                  I agree with {JoeS}.
                  So many of Joe's explicit movies deserve reobservation. Somebody I know, upon learning about Joe's death in April 2010, scheduled "(She Loves The) Four-X Feeling", a video from 1987, as one of his presentations. It is loaded with inside jokes as John Leslie & Jerry Butler, two of the most aware performers in the genre, riff on how the genre changed - yet did not change - from the days when they broke in (chortle) to the industry.

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