SummerDocs: ‘CIRCUS OF BOOKS’ on August 24

This summer, SummerDocs hosts Alec Baldwin (HIFF Co-Chair) and David Nugent (Artistic Director) will once again lead conversations with filmmakers and guests, presenting new and groundbreaking documentary filmmaking and thought-provoking stories to the East End. Presented in partnership with Guild Hall.

The final film screening in this year’s series is CIRCUS OF BOOKS, directed by Rachel Mason, at 7pm on Saturday, August 24.

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Directed by Rachel Mason
Saturday, August 24 | 7:00PM | Guild Hall

Followed by director Rachel Mason and special guests in conversation with HIFF Co-Chair Alec Baldwin and Artistic Director David Nugent.

For over 35 years, the gay porn shop, Circus of Books, served as the epicenter for LGBT life and culture in Los Angeles. Unbeknownst to many in the community it served, the store was cultivated and cared for by its owners, Karen and Barry Mason: a straight couple with three children. CIRCUS OF BOOKS is an intimate portrait of the Masons and their journey to become one of the biggest distributors of hardcore gay porn in the United States. Their story unfolds through the lens of their daughter, filmmaker and artist Rachel Mason.

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The 2019 SummerDocs series also included MAIDEN on June 29 and COLD CASE HAMMARSKJÖLD on July 20.

Past SummerDocs selections, including ICARUS (2017), TWENTY FEET FROM STARDOM (2013), LAST DAYS OF VIETNAM (2014), THE COVE (2009), SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN (2012) and HOW TO SURVIVE A PLAGUE (2012), have gone on to receive Academy Award® wins and nominations. What will audiences discover this year?

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