4th DMZ Docs(2012)
I AM DOCU
Until recently some people thought He was dead. Other doubted that He’d ever existed. Some even suggested the extravagant theory that He and infamous Ed Wood (called ‘the worst ﬁlmmaker of all time’) were one and the same person. Dad Made Dirty Movies chronicles the life and ﬁlms of Stephen C. Apostolof (aka A. C. Stephen) – a former political prisoner, devoted Christian and family man and one of the greatest erotic ﬁlmmakers in the U.S. The ﬁlm traces A. C. Stephen’s escape from Communist dictatorship in Bulgaria and his journey to Hollywood where he made his American dream come true. Over the course of a ﬁlm career that lasted two turbulent decades A. C. Stephen made seventeen low-brow, low budget softcore ﬁlms. Today A. C. Stephen’s legacy lives on, ridiculed or revered by both critics and fans alike. A. C. Stephen has taken a permanent place in the B-movie culture and is widely recognized as one of the greatest American erotic ﬁlmmakers. Dad Made Dirty Movies takes the audience inside A. C. Stephen’s amazing life story combining revealing interviews from his family and collaborators with archival footage and animated photographs. A ﬁlm about the cult sex exploitation movies of the 60’s and 70’s and the lost innocence of the erotic cinema.
Author and director Jordan Todorov graduated in Film Critics from the National Academy of Theatre and Film Arts, Soﬁa, Bulgaria. His debut documentary Concrete Pharaohs is the ﬁrst original Bulgarian programme for HBO. Ofﬁcially selected at a number of European ﬁlm festivals; nominated for Silver Eye Award and won the award for best debut at the Golden Rython Festival of Bulgarian non-ﬁction ﬁlm, Plovdiv 2010.
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