Confessions of a Vice Baron

Sexploitation Filmmakers Meet the Academy

A Roundtable Discussion Presented by the Department of Cinema Studies at New York University



9:30 AM
Arrive Dean's Conference Room, 12th Floor. Breakfast refreshments will be available.

First Panel

10:00 AM
Opening Remarks: Chris Straayer, Chair of Department of Cinema Studies.
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Our morning panel, chaired by Eric Schaefer, Emerson College, will concern the origins of the sex-exploitation genre during the 1960s and address issues related to distribution, exhibition, censorship, film markets, etc.

Key Panelists:


12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Cold buffet lunch will be available for all participants.

Second Panel

1:00 PM
Introduction: Michael Bowen, Conference Organizer
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Our first afternoon panel will be chaired by Moya Luckett, University of Pittsburgh, and will focus specifically on films and filmmakers, examining the production and aesthetics of low-budget exploitation films.

Key Panelists:


3:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Coffee Break

Third Panel

Introduction: Elena Gorfinkel, Conference Organizer
3:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Our second afternoon panel will be chaired by Grady Turner and will address general concerns about the significance of the sexploitation for contemporary scholarship: What defines "sexploitation"? Is the genre "art" or "smut"? How does sexploitation relate to other independent filmmaking of the period, i.e., the "underground"? What did filmmakers think of the genre when they worked in it and what interest do scholars take in it today?

All panelist are asked to participate.