Dad Made Dirty Movies

Dad Made Dirty Movies
Director: Jordan Todorov

Bulgaria, Germany, documentary, erotic, 2011, 58 min
The documentary “Dad Made Dirty Movies” is a tribute to the greatest erotic filmmaker in the USA: A.C. Stephen (or Stephen C. Apostolof, 1928-2005). Having fled from communist Bulgaria, Stephen shot to stardom in the Hollywood of the 60s with innocent soft porns, beautiful naked zombie girls, vampires, vixens, and wanton werewolves. Together with his close friend Ed Wood, he became the father of sexploitation cinema – erotic entertainment before the liberalization of pornography. “Dad Made Dirty Movies” does a great job in capturing the feel of the era, with plenty of black-and-white clips of topless women bouncing up and down in his largely naive and inept movies. But all those involved – from his children through to performers such as Nadeja Bobrev – recall the time with a certain affection, and despite their bad acting and poor production values Apostolof’s erotic films make for a fascinating slice of alternate life in American cinema in the 1960s and ’70s, which is nicely remembered in this documentary by Jordan Todorov.
About the director:
The film director Jordan Todorov was born in Bulgaria and graduated in film criticism from the National Academy of Theater and Film Arts in Sofia. He is notorious for his unconventional documentary stories. Todorov’s debut documentary “Concrete Pharaohs” (Betonni faraoni, 2010) won the award for best debut at the Golden Rython Festival of Bulgarian non-fiction film, was nominated for the best documentary for the Silver Eye Award by the Institute of Documentary Film, and officially selected at a number of European film festivals. Todorov is also known as a co-author of the first “Encyclopaedia of Bulgarian cinema”, a specialist in art-house cinema and a film collector and professional researcher. He has written two short screenplays and many articles for the Bulgarian magazine “Cinema” (Kino).
Section: All the Muses

Screenplay: Jordan Todorov

Dir. of Photography: Georgi Bogdanov, Boris Missirkov