But the identity of the director has remained mysterious – until now.
Who was Eve Milan?
Long before the trend of porn parodies of mainstream Hollywood films (our favorites? Game of Bones, Lawrence of A Labia, and Womb Raider), Eve Milan made three movies that spoofed popular films and television shows of the time.
Her films Flash Pants (made the same year as Flashdance), First Time at Cherry High (based on Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)), and The T & A Team (which came out the year after the debut of the television series, The A-Team) received much publicity in the press and were more successful in theaters than most adult films of the time.
So who made these films?
The company behind them was Bunnco, Inc. – a porn production and distribution house based at 1501 Broadway run by Bunny Atlas. Bunny was a Jewish yenta who’d become involved in adult film back in the 1960s as secretary to Distribpix owners Arthur Morowitz and Howie Farber.
She often worked with Jack Bravman, a filmmaker who she’d known for 20 years. Bravman had been making sex films since the mid 1960s under a bewildering list of pseudonyms, working with Michael and Roberta Findlay, the Amero Brothers, and many others over the years.
Atlas and Bravman (using the name ‘Jack Rabbit’) realized the commercial potential of making adult films based on popular movies, and so looked for someone who could assemble all the elements.
Erica’s journey into adult film had been unconventional. In 1976, she was a student at Fordham University, a long-established Jesuit, Catholic university in New York. That same year, she started appearing in adult films going on to work with people such as Radley Metzger, the Amero Brothers, Carter Stevens and Joe Davian. Her college studies crossed over with her film work in 1977, when she wrote her academic dissertation, ‘And They Knew They Were Naked: Behavior (and the role of Sexuality) in a New York sub-culture.’
By the early 1980s she was looking for a chance to move behind the camera, and so Jack Bravman’s offer was a welcome opportunity.
Alan Adrian remembers being paid $100 for his involvement in the orgy scene in First Time at Cherry High in which he was asked to wear a three-piece suit and a mask. (The rumor that the other masked men were eager volunteers is completely false; releases reveal that all were porn actors active at the time – including Ron Jeremy). Adrian remembers the scene being shot at midday on Sunday, January 15, 1984 at 119 East 27th Street – now the location of Turnmill Bar.
After the movies were finished, Erica pursued a mainstream film career in which she has worked ever since.
Flash Pants (1983)
Michelle Maren, in the lead role
Jack Bravman with the cast
The T & A Team (1984)
First Time at Cherry High (1984)
Valerie LaVeaux – Cheri shoot