By Gregg Goldstein
Nov 7, 2007
"Obscene," the chronicle of a publisher's fight to print the works of
Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, Malcolm X, Che Guevara and others, has
been picked up for worldwide distribution by Arthouse Films.
Neil Ortenberg and Daniel O'Connor's docu looks at Barney Rosset, the
publisher of Grove Press and Evergreen Review who waged repeated U.S.
court battles over freedom of the press. Interviews and footage with
Amiri Baraka, Jim Carroll, Al Goldstein (no relation to the author),
Erica Jong, Ray Manzarek, John Sayles, Gore Vidal, John Waters, Lenny
Bruce and William S. Burroughs are featured.
"Obscene," produced by the directors' New York-based Double O Film
Prods., examines Rossett's public fights and personal demons. The
soundtrack includes music by Bob Dylan, the Doors, Patti Smith,
Warren Zevon, X and Ella Fitzgerald. Arthouse plans a 2008 theatrical
and DVD release.
The deal was negotiated by Arthouse's David Koh and Curiously Bright
Entertainment's Lilly Bright with Josh Braun of Submarine
Entertainment on behalf of Ortenberg and O'Connor. Craig Emanuel of
Loeb and Loeb handled the filmmakers' legal affairs.