Shot Heard Around the World

Variety reports that Oscar-winning filmmakers Brian Grazer and Ron Howard’s Imagine Entertainment will make a feature documentary on the cultural impact of the 1972 theatrically released porn film Deep Throat. Beyond exploring the obvious cultural impact of sticky theater floors, directors Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato will add to their swelling repertoire of similarly-themed films, (Monica Lewinsky in Black and White) by chronicling the exploits of porn star cum anti-porn crusader Linda Lovelace who died in an April 2002 car crash, possibly do insufficient head room. At $25,000 Deep Throat is still considered the most profitable film ever, having grossed around $600 million. In dating terms, that same cost-benefit ratio would be the equivalent of throwing a penny at a girl’s window and getting blowjobs for the rest of your life. “You might say that Deep Throat was the film that started the independent film movement,” Bailey said. He’s right, independent filmmakers remain on their knees to this day.

By Daedalus Howell

Daedalus Howell is the writer-director of Pill Head and the upcoming Wolf Story, and author of the novels Quantum Deadline and the Late Projectionist, and the editor of the Bohemian and Pacific Sun. As a writer-filmmaker he creates and examines storytelling as an art, business and lifestyle. If you're in, or interested in the trade, sign up for his newsletter below. Learn how he went from small-town newspaperman to a feature film director here.

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