1/2 blue blood, 1/2 blue movie: "The Pornographer's Daughter." The true story of growing up with porn pioneers, The Mitchell Brothers.
The Mitchell Brothers, San Francisco’s pioneering pornographers, produced and directed, “Behind the Green Door” in 1972 featuring Ivory Snow Girl, Marilyn Chambers. The Mitchell Brothers O’Farrell Theater in was infamous for its live XXX shows, attracting Japanese businessmen, rock stars, politicians, underground artists and the like. The party ended in 1991 when Jim Mitchell shot and killed his younger brother Art in what he claimed was "an intervention gone awry." Jim Mitchell served just under three years in prison before resuming full control of the family business.
This is my story of what it was like growing up the daughter of Art Mitchell in the 70s and 80s, what happened in the aftermath of my father's murder in the 90s, and how I navigated a path to being a relatively sane survivor in the New Millennium. My story will also serve as an allegory to reflect on present day social issues.
Donations from the Kickstarter campaign will help fund work shop theatrical productions in Los Angeles and San Francisco, with a target premier of February/March 2013. This includes theater rentals and production expenses, plus film production of documentary footage used in the show. If we exceed our goal, funds can be directed toward travel expenses and staff stipends. Please support production of "The Pornographer's Daughter"
Early drafts focused on my twenty-something obsession with revenge for my father's death and the media's subsequent championing of my uncle. Over time I've gained the perspective of becoming a mother, as well as passing age 40. I'm now just a few years away from the age my father was when he died. Crucial for me was realizing I wanted my children to see me live life as a survivor, not a victim. And the only way through that was by seeking forgiveness and compassion, even when it seemed impossible or unwarranted. I've internalized the belief you've got to take what you like from your past, leave the rest, and move on. Above all else, one must have a sense of humor. That gift is surely the greatest legacy my father left me -- at his best he was an outrageously hilarious and loving guy.
I recently read an excerpt of "The Pornographer's Daughter" at a fundraiser in Oakland. Please see below:
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