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The Porn Industry, The Valley And The Costumes: Our Post-‘Boogie Nights’ Screening Conversation




FilmWeek host Larry Mantle with Boogie Nights panelists producer JoAnne Sellar, two-time Academy Award-winning costume designer Mark Bridges, women's, gender, and sexuality studies professor Shira Tarrant and film critic Tim Cogshell
FilmWeek host Larry Mantle with Boogie Nights panelists producer JoAnne Sellar, two-time Academy Award-winning costume designer Mark Bridges, women's, gender, and sexuality studies professor Shira Tarrant and film critic Tim Cogshell
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This past Saturday July 27 at the theater at Ace Hotel in Downtown L.A., our latest FilmWeek screening presented Paul Thomas Anderson’s 1997 “Boogie Nights.”

“‘Boogie Nights’ is one of my favorite movies of the 90s. Having interviewed actors and directors of adult films of the 70s, I was familiar with how quickly the business shifted from larger budget movies shown in theaters to cheaper home videos. Paul Thomas Anderson puts us right in the middle of that transition, in its home, the San Fernando Valley. He also creates highly-developed and poignant characters, giving his superb ensemble cast strong material with which to work. Though ‘Boogie Nights’ is a terrific re-creation of a time in LA, it’s those performances and characters that linger most for me.”

 – Larry Mantle

This is an edited version of our post-screening conversation.

Guests:

JoAnne Sellar, Academy Award nominated producer of “Boogie Nights”; she’s produced all of Paul Thomas Anderson’s films since “Boogie Nights”

Mark Bridges, two-time Academy Award-winning costume designer; he’s worked on all of Paul Thomas Anderson’s films, including “Boogie Nights”

Tim Cogshell, film critic for KPCC, Alt-Film Guide, and CineGods.com; he tweets @CinemaInMind

Shira Tarrant, professor of women's, gender, and sexuality studies at California State University, Long Beach, and author of several books, including "The Pornography Industry: What Everyone Needs To Know” (Oxford University Press, March 2016)