AJFF Connects: Circus of Books


The Atlanta Jewish Film Festival and Out On Film are pleased to present a screening of Circus of Books, part of AJFF Connects, which uses the power of film to build bridges of understanding and spark dialogue with diverse audiences.

This surprisingly poignant and funny documentary, recently premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, warmly depicts the unusual experience of growing up alongside an iconic West Hollywood gay porn book store run by the filmmaker's straight, middle-class Jewish parents.

AJFF is proud to continue its longstanding partnership with Out On Film, Atlanta’s LGBTQ film festival, for its 32nd annual festival from September 26 - October 6, 2019.

Join us at Landmark’s Midtown Art Cinema on Saturday, September 28 at 7:00 PM. Afterward, stick around for a Skype interview with the Mason family, featured in the film.

When: Saturday, September 28 at 7:00 PM
Where: Landmark’s Midtown Art Cinema (in the Midtown, Promenade Center, 931 Monroe Dr NE, Atlanta, GA 30308)
Tickets: $11 

About the Film

Karen and Barry Mason, observant Jewish parents with three young children, became unlikely owners of a gay porn empire when they opened Circus of Book in Los Angeles, which became a hub for the local gay community. After falling on hard times in the mid-‘70s the Masons decided to answer an ad placed by Larry Flynt, looking for distributors. It changed their lives. This fascinating documentary–directed by daughter Rachel Mason–looks at how the two dealt with federal obscenity charges and kept their family together, including a gay son. Among those interviewed for the film are drag personality Alaska and porn superstar Jeff Stryker.

About AJFF Connects

AJFF Connects presents new and encore film programming events that build bridges, foster dialogue, and bring together community partners throughout the year.