Titled American Exxxtasy: My 30-Year Search for a Happy Ending, John’s book tells the candid story of a pioneering filmmaker whose career spanned many decades and film genres.
He started out with close friend Michael Findlay – a fellow movie lover he met in the editing department of ABC television – and together they directed the notorious ‘roughie’ Body of a Female in 1965. John then formed a film partnership with his brother Lem that produced groundbreaking 1960s exploitation films such as Diary of a Swinger and The Corporate Queen, and 1970s hardcore classics like Blonde Ambition and Every Inch a Lady.
During this time, John also made a notable series of gay sex films under the name Francis Ellie, and worked regularly with adult film stalwarts Chuck Vincent and Larry Revene throughout the 1980s. He continued to make his own films into the 1990s, including producing a mainstream television special starring Olympia Dukakis.
You can still buy a copy directly from the publisher, FAB Press, which is selling personally autographed copies.
Hurry – this first printing is almost sold out!
John Amero: Early Years
Budding filmmakers: Lem Amero (left, age 3) and John Amero (age 2)
Lem (left) and John with their mother
John’s short-lived modeling career – from a local Gloucester, MA publication
John’s childhood bedroom wall in Gloucester
John and Lem’s high school graduation photos
John hams it up for his high school yearbook
John Amero: New York-Bound (late 1950s)
John reconnects with brother Lem in New York City
John gets a job with ABC
‘Body of a Female’ (1964)
Michael Findlay strangles Lem at Coney Island
Busted! Left to right: John, Lem, Roberta Findlay, Michael Findlay
Word gets out in Gloucester
‘Diary of a Swinger’ (1967)
‘Circle of Lust’ (unreleased)
John and Lem stab Michael Findlay in the back!
‘The Corporate Queen’ (1969)
Al Goldstein’s Screw magazine grades Corporate Queen on the notorious ‘Peter Meter’
John and Lem check their homemade paper mache set
‘Pepper Secret Agent 00x’ (aka ‘Checkmate’) (1973)
Lem (right) does last minute script review
Lem films the action
Lem sits with the slate while John stands back directly behind him
‘Every Inch a Lady’ (1975)
‘Blonde Ambition’ (1981)
Dory Devon (left) and Suzy Mandel (right) with choreographer, Mary Ann Niles
Choreographer Mary Ann Niles
Lem hard at work in the editing suite
Francis Ellie Films – The Gay Movies of John Amero
John’s first fan letter!
Lem Amero’s Passing