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@home with Rachel Mason

January 28, 2021 @ 5:00 pm

Thursday, January 28 @ 5:00 pm


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. This intimate portrait of the Masons unfolds through the lens of their daughter, filmmaker and artist, Rachel Mason. Circus of Books is currently streaming on Netflix. Note: The film contains sexually explicit content and is intended for adult audiences only. 

Join us on Thursday, January 28th for a special conversation about the documentary feature “Circus of Books” between its creator/director Rachel Mason and fellow filmmaker TIOH member Roberta Grossman on Thursday, January 28th.


Rachel Mason is a Los Angeles-based filmmaker with an extensive background in visual art and music. She most recently directed and received an Emmy Nomination for the Netflix Original Documentary Circus of Books, Executive Produced by Ryan Murphy. She also wrote and recorded the film’s end-credit song, “Give You Everything.” In 2019, Rachel Mason was featured as one of Indiewire’s “25 LGBTQ Filmmakers on the Rise.” Mason’s first feature film, The Lives of Hamilton Fish, was a historical fantasy musical that premiered in 2016 at the Raindance Film Festival. Mason has written three operas, recorded 14 albums, and has toured, exhibited, and performed at institutions including Whitney Museum, Hammer Museum, Queens Museum, LACMA, The New Museum, Park Avenue Armory, La Mama, and Dixon Place among other venues. Mason’s last large scale performance was a meditation on black holes which premiered at the Disney Redcat Theater in Los Angeles and featured a collaboration with the renowned Butoh dancer, Oguri, as well as CalTech’s Nobel Prize Winning physicist Kip Thorne. She holds an MFA in Sculpture from Yale University and a BA in Art from UCLA.

Roberta Grossman is an award-winning filmmaker with a passion for history and social justice who has written, directed, and produced more than 40 hours of film and television. Grossman’s film projects include Who Will Write Our History, Seeing Allred, Hava Nagila (The Movie), Blessed Is the Match: The Life and Death of Hannah Senesh, Above and Beyond, Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning, 500 Nations, and Homeland: Four Portraits of Native Action.


January 28, 2021
5:00 pm
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