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The Skin Trade: a documentary on the pornographic film market in San Francisco

Program Title:
The Skin Trade: a documentary on the pornographic film market in San Francisco
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Documentary on pornographic filmmaking in San Francisco. Includes interviews with filmmakers, theater owners, actors, actresses, and the judges of the First International Festival of Erotic Cinema, held in San Francisco late 1970. This program is the second of two programs on erotic and pornographic films. This program concentrates on the social and political ramifications of pornography in films. In discussing pornography as opposed to pornography, this program covers topics such as government regulation, censorship, exploitation, psychological impact upon criminal behavior, treatment of women, and aberrant sexual themes. People interviewed include Maurice Girodias, founder of Olympia Press; Carol Park and Erin Sullivan of the Berkeley women's liberation movement; forensic psychiatrist Dr. Martin Blinder; Diane Feinstein, as a member of the Board of Supervisors in San Francisco; "Ruth", an actress in erotic and pornographic films; Jim Mitchell, a producer of erotic films. The first program "Lights, camera, action!" is BB2851, and is a report from the First International Festival of Erotic Cinema.

Intro: We hear next "The Skin Trade," a program on hard core pornographic films in San Francisco. Commentators on the program are Bob Sitton and Portia Shapiro.
Outro: (After music fade-out) "The Skin Trade" was produced for Pacifica Radio by Bob Sitton and Portia Shapiro. Edited by Harvey Wallerstein. Sound mixing by Claude Marks.
Sensitive material: Women's liberationists talk about erections and lovemaking. Probably not for daytime broadcasting. No obscenity.

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Date Recorded on: 
in San Francisco.
Date Broadcast on: 
KPFA, 21 Jan. 1971.
Item duration: 
1 reel (61 min.) : 7 1/2 ips, mono.
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Sound Mix
Los Angeles : Pacifica Radio Archives, 1971
Rights Summary: 
RESTRICTED. Permissions, licensing requests, Curriculum Initiative, Campus Campaign and all other inquiries should be directed to: Mark Torres, Archives Director, 800-735-0230,
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This recording has been digitally preserved as part of Pacifica's American Women Making History and Culture: 1963-1982 grant preservation project, and is available for research and reference . Please contact the archives via telephone: 818-506-1077 or email:  americanwomen at pacificaradioarchives dot org for information on how to obtain a copy of this program. Thank you.

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