In the early 1960s, New York City became the national hub for independent filmmaking of all types. With the gradual relaxing of local and national censorship and obscenity laws, many directors turned their lenses towards the growing demand for sexuality-themed films. For the next 20-some years, a diverse group of filmmakers seized the opportunity to explore taboo subjects, and collectively produced thousands of shorts and features in a wide range of styles—from commercially-minded exploitation fare to deeply personal experimental, underground, and avant-garde cinema. Featured directors in this series include Joe Sarno, Roberta Findlay, Gerard Damiano, Andy Milligan, Radley Metzger, and Doris Wishman, along with theatrical premieres of over half a dozen restorations.
Organized in collaboration with Joe Rubin.