All Events

Get tickets now for upcoming year-round screenings and events

Loading Events

« All Events

  • This event has passed.

NewFest at The Center Presents

Circus of Books (Canceled)

Wednesday March 18 @ 7:00 pm

Circus of Books

Dir. Rachel Mason, USA, 2019, 92 mins

NOTE: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED DUE TO PRECAUTIONS RELATING TO COVID-19

“Very funny, very moving” –THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

For 35-plus years, the gay porn shop Circus of Books gave Los Angeles’ LGBT+ community a space to socialize and celebrate themselves without judgement. Unbeknownst to many customers, the store was cultivated by owners Karen and Barry Mason–a straight, mainstream couple with three children who went to religious school and were unaware of their parents’ business. The Masons long refused to disclose the nature of their business to friends or family. While maintaining the secret, they witnessed the dawn of the HIV/AIDS epidemic firsthand, losing a generation of treasured employees. Still, during that time, they never identified as activists–just everyday entrepreneurs catering to a market, until the Internet destroyed it.

Executive produced by Ryan Murphy, CIRCUS OF BOOKS is the debut documentary from artist Rachel Mason, who finally asks the least radical people she knows–her parents –how they became America’s biggest distributors of gay porn, and why Karen reacted so negatively when her own son came out of the closet.

Q&A with director Rachel Mason to follow

NewFest Members receive a discount to this event. To receive exclusive, year-round perks, become a member today.

Details

Date:
Wednesday March 18
Time:
7:00 pm

Venue

Screening Room at The Center
208 West 13th Street
New York, 10011 United States

Other

Member Link
https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pe.c/10517193
Member Button Text
$15 General Admission
General Admission Link
https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pe.c/10517193
General Admission Text
$5 NewFest Member
Screening Type
NewFest at The Center Presents