Netflix just released the trailer for its new documentary Circus of Books, about the landmark WeHo gay adult store.
Director Rachel Mason created it as a family memoir. Her parents owned the store for 35 years until it closed last year. (Set to reopen!) The film features archival footage, in-depth interviews with Karen & Barry Mason (Rachel’s parents) her siblings, as well as former store employees, including Drag Race star, Alaska.
“I just thought it was a book store with a circus theme…”
Mason told Queerty last summer,
“My parents are so immersed in this world and they’re so used to it that it didn’t phase them at all to watch Jeff Stryker doing all these ridiculously graphic dances to his hit song ‘Pop You in the Pooper.’”
Mason and family open up about how operating an adult store affected their private lives, and how the store inadvertently became a refuge for the LGBTQ community during the AIDS crisis.
“I also knew nobody else really could [make the film], because my mom—I think other filmmakers approached her—and she was always reticent to let anyone know about the business. So it had to be me.”