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LA PREMIERE of MAU MAU SEX SEX, a hilarious look at sleaze and sexploitation in film.

QUEER SHORTS: The 5th annual survey of short films with a "queer" bent.

(Presented in collaboration with OUTFEST)



HOLLYWOOD – The American Cinematheque at the Egyptian will present two special one-night events in April. On Wednesday, April 5th at 8:00 PM is a special screening of MAU MAU SEX SEX (2000, 7th Planet Prod. 80 min.), a hilarious no-holds-barred documentary portrait of "America's oldest independent filmmakers." From first-time director Ted Bonnitt and screenwriter Eddie Muller, the shot-on-digital film tells of Dan Sonney, 84 and David Freidman, 76 masters of sleaze and sexploitation, and producers of all time grindhouse classics like BLOOD FEAST, THE DEFILERS, and A SMELL OF HONEY, A SWALLOW OF BRINE. Reminiscences of their decades in the no-budget, carnie-like world of exploitation movies are interspersed with eye-popping clips from their archive of nudie cuties, S&M roughies and other mutant treasures. Dan Sonney and David Freidman will appear with director Ted Bonnitt and screenwriter Eddie Muller for a discussion following the screening. On Thursday, April 20th at 7:30 PM, in our fifth annual collaboration with OUTFEST, the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Festival, to present QUEER SHORTS, a one-night showcase of Gay and Lesbian themed short films. Each of the eight films, strong individually, when combined creates a multi-layered experience of funny, sad and universal films, the settings for these range from a faceless metropolis to the rural countryside. Several of the filmmakers are scheduled to participate in what promises to be a spirited discussion following the film.

All screenings are at the newly renovated Lloyd E. Rigler Theatre at the historic Egyptian (6712 Hollywood Boulevard between Highland and Las Palmas) in Hollywood.

MAU MAU SEX SEX: Wednesday, April 5, 2000

The Wednesday April 5th program begins at 8:00 PM with a special screening MAU MAU SEX SEX, (2000, 7th Planet Productions, 80 min.), guaranteeing an evening of gonzo, grindhouse madness. MAU MAU SEX profiles America's two oldest salesmen of cinematic sex, Dan Sonney, 84, and David Freidman, 76, who have had a bigger impact on our cultural concept of sexuality than Masters and Johnson. Since the 1940's, they have produced an avalanche of "Adults only" product for generations of insatiable moviegoers.

We have here, a thought-provoking and laugh-inducing look at a hugely profitable, but morally marginalized slice of the "sexploitation" business. Above the sociology lesson, the film challenges our preconceived notions, and examines the family lives of two distinctive characters: Friedman, a "carnie" from Alabama, who dropped a Paramount check to pursue his renegade career; and the other half of the notorious twosome, son of a frontier lawman, Sonney, who became the nation's leading purveyor of sleaze, while raising four daughters in the Catholic Church. Championed by free speech advocates and vilified by self-appointed watchdogs, the pair has enjoyed a long association and remarkable friendship, which they discuss with eye-opening candor and hilarity.

During a period when Hollywood white washed any hint of the lurid or salacious, the duo offered a ravenous public, gems like THAR SHE BLOWS, a pseudo-lavish, completely tongue-in-cheek send up of Hollywood movies, with plenty of sex splashed around. They were also responsible for the first of what became known to the trade as "roughies," with THE DEFILERS, an unnerving film about two affluent degenerates who kidnap and torture an innocent young woman. Having ushered in a new period of depravity in grindhouses, Sonney and Friedman continued their edification of the public with titles such as THE HEAD MISTRESS, DAUGHTERS OF THE SUN, THE ADVENTURES OF LUCKY PIERRE, and STARLET.

From first-time director/producer Ted Bonnitt, who co-wrote the film with Eddie Muller (author of Grindhouse: The Forbidden World of Adults Only Cinema), we get a combination of the latest digital technology and extensive clips from 60 years of "sexploitation," to present a kaleidoscopic take on a loopy sex-mad society and two cagey operators who knew how to exploit it. While prudes and critics railed, Friedman and Sonney laughed all the way to the bank. On April 5th, find out what went on, and what came off! Bonnitt will also discuss his completely digital filmmaking process, MAU MA will screen on on digi-Beta at the Egyptian. Dan Sonney and David Freidman will appear with director Ted Bonnitt and screenwriter Eddie Muller for a discussion following the screening

VHS Tapes of this film, photos and press kits are available for press review. You may also access additional material at or call 7th Planet Productions at 310.399.2929.


QUEER SHORTS: Thursday, April 20, 2000

The Thursday, April 20th program begins at 7:30 PM, with our fifth annual series of QUEER SHORTS, presented in collaboration with OUTFEST, the Los Angeles gay and lesbian film festival. The films will not necessarily screen in the order listed here. Films playing include: Rahdi Taylor’s "Sheila and Rosie Get Paid" (6 min.), a Pam Grier inspired comedy about two sistah’s who take action against an aggressive male on the street. In the heat of the urban jungle, these two struggling city girls stir it up, and shake it down! Take Charge! Changing gears radically, is Michael Burke’s "Fishbelly White" (22 min.) This rural tale is the tender and terrifying story of one boy’s coming out. Allen Brocka’s "Rick & Steve: The Happiest Gay Couple in the World" (7 min.) is a Lego block character counter-point to the cliché "happy-couple" scenario. Winner of the audience award at Outfest, the short follows the naughty adventures of America's newest additions to the sit-com cast, gays and lesbians, in Brocka's response to what he feels are the "watered-down" portrayals of these characters. In Trac Vu’s "Among Others," (17 min), two men move through a nameless, faceless city at night, until they intersect, in an emotionally electric meeting. This screening is the Los Angeles Premiere of Abigail Severance’s award-winning "Pump" (17 min.). The film follows "Ruby" as she loses her heart to a two-timing, lying lover who dyes her hair to boot!. By turns moody and hilarious, this is the 17-minute antidote to that thing called love. Another Los Angeles Premiere is Duncan Tucker’s "Mountain King" (19 min). One uptight, confused, young man takes cues and much, much more from a bold gay hustler, yielding a very unexpected end to the day for them both. Glenn Gaylord’s "Lost Cause" (7 min.) is a colorful, comic, nightmarish film that pokes a stick at a sacred cow -- AIDS. It follows "Sickly man" through a series of holds, transfers, hang ups and instant analysis, to discover just how difficult it is for charities to be truly giving. A film for people who are tired of short films about AIDS. Finally, we have Jennifer Arnold’s "Maid of Honor" (24 min), a complete audience pleaser. Two liberated lesbians find their commitment to non-monogamy tested, when one of them is asked to be the maid of honor at her ex-girlfriend's straight wedding. This beautifully rendered film has something to say to everyone about marriage, commitment and hypocrisy. Timely, to say the least!


There will be a discussion following the screenings with Rahdi Taylor, ("Sheila and Rosie Get Paid") Allen Brocka, ("Rick and Steve: The Happiest Gay Couple in the World") Trac Vu, ("Among Others") Abigail Severance, ("Pump") Duncan Tucker, ("Mountain King") Glenn Gaylord ("Lost Cause") and Jennifer Arnold ("Maid of Honor").

Press kits and photos as well as screening cassettes from these films are available upon request.


A complete calendar/flyer listing of these films has been mailed to you.

For further information about OUTFEST please call 323.960.9200 or Outfest Members will receive $1 off the general admission price of $7.00 by showing an Outfest membership card at the Egyptian Theatre box office.


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