Hamptons Life

Circus of Books

Final film in the Hampton International Film Festival (HIFF) SummerDocs series, Circus of Books, screens at Guild Hall in East Hampton

August 25, 2019: Circus of Books, directed by Rachel Mason, the final film in the HIFF SummerDocs Series, screened at Guild Hall in East Hampton on Saturday evening.  Afterwards, Alec Baldwin (HIFF Co-Chair) and David Nugent (HIFF Artistic Director) led a conversation with the film’s director Rachel Mason and her mother, Karen Mason, who is a central focus of the film. The screening at Guild Hall was preceded by a reception at the home of Charles and Mary Brock.

Rachel Mason, Alec Baldwin

Final film in the Hampton International Film Festival (HIFF) SummerDocs series, Circus of Books, screens at Guild Hall in East Hampton

August 25, 2019: Circus of Books, directed by Rachel Mason, the final film in the HIFF SummerDocs Series, screened at Guild Hall in East Hampton on Saturday evening.  Afterwards, Alec Baldwin (HIFF Co-Chair) and David Nugent (HIFF Artistic Director) led a conversation with the film’s director Rachel Mason and her mother, Karen Mason, who is a central focus of the film. The screening at Guild Hall was preceded by a reception at the home of Charles and Mary Brock.

For over 35 years, the gay porn shop, Circus of Books, served as the epicenter for LGBT life and culture in Los Angeles. Unbeknownst to many in the community it served, the store was cultivated and cared for by its owners, Karen and Barry Mason: a straight couple with three children. Circus of Books is an intimate portrait of the Masons and their journey to become one of the biggest distributors of hardcore gay porn in the United States. Their story unfolds through the lens of their daughter, filmmaker and artist Rachel Mason.

The HIFF SummerDocs series with hosts Alec Baldwin and David Nugent present new and groundbreaking documentary films and thought-provoking stories to the East End. The presentation is in partnership with Guild Hall.

Photography: Barry Gordin

Mary Jane Brock & Charles Brock