Who

Ashley West
Ashley West is developing a film documentary detailing the birth of the adult film industry in New York. He has also contributed liner notes, commentaries, and special features to the re-release of a number of golden age adult films for Distribpix under the name Benson Hurst.

 

Guest Presenters and Writers

Michael J. Bowen
Michael Bowen has been researching and writing about the sex-exploitation and adult film industries in New York for the past 15 years.  A graduate of Brown University, he currently teaches Cinema Studies at New York University and the Fashion Institute for Technology.

Steven Morowitz

Steven Morowitz is the son of Arthur Morowitz, co-founder of Distribpix / Video-X-Pix – the oldest and largest adult film distribution and production company in New York. Steven continues the Distribpix legacy by archiving, restoring and preserving of some of the most sought after soft-core and XXX films from the golden age of adult film.

April Hall
April Hall is working with Ashley West on a documentary about the birth of the adult film industry in New York. She is a native New Yorker with a nostalgic love for the city of her youth and the characters that inhabited it.

 

Laura Marks
Laura Marks researches and writes about film, gender, and sexual representation, specifically pornography and body genres. Her current work focuses on hardcore film adaptations of Victorian literature, and the various ways pornography makes use of “the Victorian” as a canvas on which to construct erotic appeal. She is currently enjoying revising her Ph.D. dissertation on the subject into a book.

Jill Nelson

Jill Nelson has worked as a Hearing Care Professional in Southern Ontario Canada since 1981 and began writing as a sideline in 2006. In 2008, Jill and American writing partner Jennifer Sugar collaborated on their first book titled John Holmes: A Life Measured in Inches, a definitive biography about the iconic adult film legend. In 2012, Jill’s second book and first solo effort, Golden Goddesses: 25 Legendary Women of Classic Erotic Cinema, 1968-1985, was released. Presently, Jill is working on a memoir titled 1976: Tapes from California.

Gerard Damiano
Visual artist Gerard Damiano Jr., is the son of the legendary adult film maker, Gerard Damiano, director of Deep Throat (1972), The Devil in Miss Jones (1973), The Story of Joanna (1975), and Odyssey: The Ultimate Trip (1977) among others. He is currently working on restoring and re-mastering  a complete collection of his father’s best-loved films.
Dries

Dries Vermeulen is a longtime movie lover from Belgium whose initially wholesome interest (kicking off with Disney’s The Love Bug at age 3) turned seriously twisted when his mom allowed him, now aged 13, to attend a late night screening all by his lonesome of Joe D’Amato‘s Emanuelle and the White Slave Trade to “further his education”!  From here on, it was a slippery slope that guided him through his home country’s sleazier cinemas where he was to discover the joys of casual same-sex experiences along with some of the wildest sexploitation and XXX offerings perpetrated by pornographers from all over the world.  Gaining considerable notoriety as IMDb’s DirtyMovieDevotee opened many doors, contributing classic adult movie reviews to the Distribpix website as well as contributing liner notes to several of their upcoming releases.  He married his boyfriend of many years, with whom he had been happily playing house since 1987, in 2012.  They are now living happily ever after in the picturesque city of Bruges.

Heather Drain

Heather Drain has been writing about fringe culture and cinema for a little over ten years. She has written for Video Watchdog, Paracinema, Lunchmeat and The Exploitation Journal, just to name a few. Currently, she is one of the contributors to Dangerous Minds, as well as her own blog, Mondo Heather. She is also working with famed actor and director Eric Edwards on his first true biography. In addition to that, she is also working on another book on the film, video and magazine work of Stephen Sayadian.