The Rialto Report recently acquired archives relating to the Critics Adult Film Association (CAFA) – the New York-based group of East Coast adult sex film critics, which bestowed awards upon those working in pornographic film during the 1980s.
The records consist of hundreds of photos and documents relating to the personnel who formed part of the organization, and the stars of the industry at the time – including Gerard Damiano, Gloria Leonard, John Leslie, Candida Royalle, and many others.
The first CAFA awards were first presented in 1981, honoring the movies of the previous year, and the winners were as follows:
- Best Film: Talk Dirty to Me
- Best Actor: John Leslie (Talk Dirty To Me)
- Best Actress: Samantha Fox (Tramp)
- Best Director: Anthony Spinelli (Talk Dirty To Me)
- Best Supporting Actor: Richard Pacheco (Talk Dirty To Me)
- Best Supporting Actress: Vanessa del Rio (Dracula Exotica)
- Gerard Damiano Special Achievement Award: Georgina Spelvin
We present previously unpublished photographs from the first CAFA awards ceremony.
All photographs are © and owned by The Rialto Report.
Colette Connor and Larry Revene