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Restoring the films of Gerard Damiano Sr. – The Journey Continues

Gerard Damiano Sr. - photo by Jack Hardman

Gerard Damiano Sr.

My sister Christar and I decided the best way to honor our father, acclaimed adult film director Gerard Damiano, would be to restore his best films and complete his biography. On Father’s Day 2015, I began this blog to document the journey. Now a full year has passed, and although the blog had fallen silent for a time, the journey continues. We felt that the best way to tell his story would be using his own words and the words of those that worked together with him. I teamed up with Larry Revene, one of the most highly regarded cinematographers of the genre. He had shot a number of my father’s films in the late 70s and early 80s.

Larry and I had met on the set of “Throat: 12 Years After” more than 30 years before. Together we formed the “Crew of 2” and set out on the road to track down the surviving “Legends of The Golden Age of Porn” and film interviews with them. We left New York City with all of our gear packed into the 2006 Toyota Corolla that my father and I had bought together before he died.

Our first stop was Newport, Kentucky to meet up with legendary burlesque dancer turned porn star, Annette Heinz. Then it was on to Hollywood to meet the “Goddess of the Golden Age” Georgina Spelvin, star of “The Devil in Miss Jones”. We travelled through California, filming porn stars in sleazy motel rooms (a cliché in itself).  At first, I was writing blog posts about each encounter, but as we continued, the adventures came so hard and fast that I couldn’t keep up. Larry did most of the driving while I navigated, worked the phone, and planned the next move. As we drove from one destination to the next trying to track people down along the way, often not knowing where we were going to be the next day, or where we were going to sleep that night.

The Crew of 2 Nationwide. Larry Revene and Gerard Damiano Jr. somewhere in Missouri

The Crew of 2 Nationwide. Larry Revene and Gerard Damiano Jr. somewhere in Missouri.

We sometimes shot two interviews in a day and I found myself preparing questions in the car and literally watching films as we drove. It was all we could do to be in the moment, while planning for the next. After about a dozen posts I quickly fell behind. I don’t understand how some of these bloggers do it.

How do you live your life and write about it at the same time?

By the time we got back to New York we had driven nearly 10,000 miles across 17 states and filmed more than 20 interviews with some of the most important figures of the era. With all the new information that we discovered, I found that the story was much bigger, and the project much broader in scope than I had initially thought. Our adventures on the road were a story in itself. The new material that we shot was enough to produce a short subject on each film. Between the research for the book, the restoration of 10 films, and all the new media that was generated, I was overwhelmed by the enormity of the project. Having fallen more than a dozen posts behind, even the blog added to the weight. It would be easy to lose myself in all this material. Plus, I still had a day job. Real-world obligations and the necessity to raise funds to continue became a priority.

The Crew of 2 Coast to Coast Larry Revene at the Pacific Ocean Photo by Gerard Damiano Jr.

The Crew of 2 Coast to Coast. Larry Revene at the Pacific Ocean. Photo by Gerard Damiano Jr.

I saw the importance of finishing the book. The over-arching story of my father’s life could provide the framework which gives context to the films and other related projects. I brought in some research assistants to help me digest the vast archive of personal writings, press, and film memorabilia that my father had left. But it is a long and painstaking process. Nearly 8 years have passed since my father’s death, and I am anxious to get his films out there to be seen as he had intended. My sister and I have decided to cut to the chase and focus on releasing what our father considered to be his best film. “The Story of Joanna”.

Poster for Gerard Damiano's "The Story of Joanna" (1975)

Poster for “The Story of Joanna” (1975)

“The Story of Joanna” was his dark S/M opus, produced in 1975 at the height of “Porno Chic”. It starred Terry Hall as Joanna, and Jamie Gillis in a role that was tailor made for him. Critics called it “Damiano’s Masterpiece”. The film has not been seen in its original form since the 1970s. It came up often during our interviews across America. When we spoke with Joáo Fernandes, the cinematographer for the film — who had previously shot “Deep Throat”, “The Devil in Miss Jones” and “Memories within Miss Aggie”— he agreed that it was the best work that he had done for my father, perhaps the best work of his adult film career. Annie Sprinkle was NOT in “The Story of Joanna”, but she confessed to me that as my father’s mistress, she was on set and had a lot of behind-the-scenes stories about the film. One of the last interviews that Larry and I shot together was of Juliet Graham, the last surviving cast member, who had some surprising revelations, not least of all about Jamie Gillis.

As the development of the book continues, I will attempt to finish some of the missing posts about the galaxy of stars that Larry and I encountered during our odyssey across America. Their stories were always surprising and often revealing. Our father may always be remembered for “Deep Throat”, but he would have preferred to be known for “The Story of Joanna”. Christar and I hope to screen the restored version of the film in New York City by year’s end.

Gerard Damiano Jr.
Queens, New York,  Father’s Day, 2016

To be continued…

Note: This blog has migrated from theprinceofporn.wordpress.com to www.theprinceofporn.com.

Getting Wet with the Ecosexuals in the Headlands

Ecosexual Ritual performed in the Marin Headlands

Ecosexuals Maria Ramirez, Dr. Beth Stephens, Annie Sprinkle, and Joy Fairfield, are documented by Larry Revene as they celebrate their connection to the Earth.  photo by Gerard Damiano Jr.

Just outside of San Francisco, we caught up with Sexecologists Annie Sprinkle and her partner Dr. Beth Stephens for an Ecosexual Walking Tour of the Marin Headlands. The two used their E.A.R.T.H. Lab to tow the Pollination Pod over the Golden Gate bridge to the Headlands Center for the Arts, a former military barracks which has been rehabilitated by artists.

Annie Sprinkle and Beth Stephens' E.AR.T.H Lab and Pollination Pod

Annie Sprinkle and Beth Stephens’ E.AR.T.H Lab and Pollination Pod  photos by Gerard Damiano Jr.

There, Annie and Beth along with fellow Ecosexual Activists Joy and Maria, led a tour of the surrounding area and demonstrated Twenty-Five Ways to Make Love to the Earth.

A flower grows out of a septic tank in the Marin Headlands

A flower grows out of a septic tank in the Marin Headlands  photo by Gerard Damiano Jr.

Their presentation included a ritual celebrating our intimate relationship with water and some lessons on how to conserve it, raising awareness about the current drought conditions in California. The dusty brown landscape that we have encountered during our drive through Northern California is evidence of this very real crisis. The tour concluded with a kind of symbolic Ecosexual orgy in the woods which involved the consumption of some very juicy fruits.

The Ecosexual Walking Tour of the Marin Headlands reaches a climax

The Ecosexual Walking Tour of the Marin Headlands reaches a climax.  photos by Gerard Damiano Jr.

To learn more about Ecosexualism visit www.theEcosexuals.org
To find out where the E.A.R.T.H. Lab is headed next, visit www.earthlab.ucsc.edu
Learn more about the Sexology at: sexecology.org
Like Annie on Facebook at: facebook.com/pages/Annie-Sprinkle
Visit her website at: www.anniesprinkle.org
Follow Annie on Twitter at: @AnnieSprinkle
Follow Beth on Twitter at: @ebethstephens

Ecosexual Raccoons are drawn to the Pollination Pod.

Ecosexual Raccoons are drawn to the Pollination Pod.  photo by Larry Revene

PS Congratulations to Beth Stephens who just successfully defended her Doctoral Thesis. We knew you could do it Doc!


Annie Sprinkle… Porn Star, Art Star, Author, Ecosexual Activist, Goddess

Annie Sprinkle Ecosexual Goddess Photo © Julian Cash

Annie Sprinkle Ecosexual Goddess
Photo © Julian Cash

Dr. Annie Sprinkle earned her place as a legend of the ”Golden Age of Porn”, but did not let that alone define her. Her career is not easy to summarize. She has been rightly described as a sex educator, feminist stripper, prostitute, performance artist, post-porn modernist, photographer, and film maker, and her resumé continues. She has the distinction of being the first porn star to earn a Ph.D., and is the author of 5 books. Early in her career she became an advocate for Sex Workers rights, and when the AIDS epidemic broke out, she used her talent and celebrity to spread awareness about Safe Sex. She survived cancer, and turned the experience into art.

When Annie first met my father in an Arizona courthouse in 1973, while “Deep Throat” was being prosecuted. They were both called in as witnesses, (he for writing and directing the film, and she, for merely selling tickets at the Tucson movie theater, where it was showing). They were instantly attracted to one another, and began a relationship which lasted for years. This brought Annie to New York City, where she would live for the next 22 years.

Today she is married to artist and UCSC professor Beth Stephens. Their wedding itself was a work of art, getting married more than 14 times, during their seven-year project, Love Art Laboratory. Identifying as “ecosexuals”, they use their creativity AND sexuality, to raise awareness about critical environmental issues. Their latest collaboration, which is currently in production, “Water Makes Us Wet” draws attention to Water, the lack of which, is a crisis in their home state of California, at this very moment.

Annie Sprinkle in “The Satisfiers of Alpha Blue”

Annie Sprinkle in “The Satisfiers of Alpha Blue”
© 2015 Class X, LLC

We visited Annie and Beth, at their country cottage, in Boulder Creek, California, literally surrounded by Redwood Trees, where they spend time away from their home in San Francisco. Annie spoke to me candidly about her relationship with my father. I learned that she actually worked behind the scenes in more of his films, than she appeared in. We spoke about her cameo in “Throat: 12 Years After”, and her controversial scene with then boyfriend Mal O’Ree, in “The Satisfiers of Alpha Blue”, which is still as hot and edgy today, as it was when it was shot in 1983. My father directed Annie in “Consenting Adults”, a film that she conceived of, in which she documented her friends and their real life sexual escapades, in a kind of hardcore “reality show”. She never pretended to be an actress, but rather let her genuine sexual nature, be captured on film.

#TheCrewof2 with Annie Sprinkle and Beth Stephens at SOMArts Cultural Center

#TheCrewof2 with Annie Sprinkle and Beth Stephens at SOMArts Cultural Center during the opening of “Making a Scene: 50 Years of Bay Area Alternative Spaces”. Photo by Gerard Damiano Jr.

After our interview, Larry Revene and I followed Beth and Annie to San Francisco, to document their performance at SOMArts Cultural Center. The time-lapse video below, shows them performing water rituals, inside and outside of their “Pollination Pod”, a sort of mobile ecosexual laboratory. Currently Annie and Beth are on tour in California.
To learn more about about their project, visit: www.theEcosexuals.org

Visit Annie’s website at: www.anniesprinkle.org
Follow her on Twitter at: @AnnieSprinkle
Follow her on Facebook at: facebook.com/pages/Annie-Sprinkle
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earn more about the Sexology at: sexecology.org
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ee Annie and Beth’s latest film “Goodbye Gauley Mountain-An Ecosexual Love Story


Annie Sprinkle
and Beth Stephens perform Water Rituals, both inside and out, of their Pollination Pod at SOMArts Cultural Center
“Shaw ’Nuff” performed by Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie