For more than three decades, the Circus of Books on Santa Monica Boulevard was at the center of the LGBTQI universe in Los Angeles, a pornshop run by a mother and father who are now the subject of their director daughter’s documentary.
Rachel Mason finally asks the least radical people she knows – her parents, Karen and Barry Mason – how they became American’s biggest distributors of gay porn.

“I have always thought it was kind of a fun, quirky little ‘facts about Rachel’ that would just entertain people at a party.” However, Mason’s Yale University professor stressed to her that the bookshop once filled a crucial void and was an important part of gay history.

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The documentary originally premiered at 2019’s Tribeca Film Festival before being snapped up by streaming giant Netflix. Watch the Circus of Books trailer below. The documentary lands today.

 

 

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