Circus of Books

Circus of Books

In 1976, Karen and Barry Mason had fallen on hard times and were looking for a way to support their young family when they answered an ad in the Los Angeles Times. Larry Flynt was seeking distributors for Hustler Magazine. What was expected to be a brief sideline led to their becoming fully immersed in the LGBT community as they took over a local store, Circus of Books. A decade later, they had become the biggest distributors of gay porn in the US. The film focuses on the double life they led, trying to maintain the balance of being parents at a time when LGBT culture was not yet accepted. Their many challenges included facing jail time for a federal obscenity prosecution and enabling their store to be a place of refuge at the height of the AIDS crisis. Circus of Books offers a rare glimpse into an untold chapter of queer history, and it is told through the lense of the owners’ own daughter, Rachel Mason, an artist, filmmaker and musician.

Director: Rachel Mason
Casts: Karen Mason, Barry Mason, Rachel Mason, Josh Mason, Micah Mason, Alexei Romanoff, Billy Miller, Don Norman, Freddie Bercovitz, Paulo Morillo, Ellen Winer
Countrys: USA

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Other Information

Score Rating Count Release Date RunTime
8.1 538 2019-04-26 92

Crew Information

Job Title Member Name Job Title Member Name
Executive ProducerJosh BraunExecutive ProducerRyan Murphy
Associate ProducerWendy Jo CarltonExecutive ProducerJohn Battsek
ProducerAdam BaranExecutive ProducerGerald Herman
EditorKathryn RobsonProducerKathryn Robson
WriterKathryn RobsonProducerCamilla Hall
DirectorRachel MasonProducerRachel Mason
WriterRachel MasonExecutive ProducerRhianon Jones
ProducerCynthia ChildsDirector of PhotographyGretchen Warthen
Original Music ComposerIan M Colletti

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