This one follows the life of Bulgarian sixties “Sexploitation” film maker Stephen C. Aposterof, who made his way to the ‘States via Paris and Canada and managed to get Republic interested in his anti-Communist film, launching him on a career of sixteen millimeter nudie movies of which ORGY OF THE DEAD is the best known. The arrival of 35mm. hard core wiped him out. Chronicles Stephen C. Apostolof’s rise from Eastern-European fugitive to producer and director of sexploitation films in the 60’s and 70’s, his turbulent relationship with infamous Ed Wood and his downfall in the late 70’s
Lots of clips, with well shaped near naked young women, are interspersed with home movies and interviews with family members and associates, including Ted V. Michels. There’s also accounts of working with Ed Wood who Aposterof’s son feels got all the so bad glory that his dad should have shared.
The documentary is produced by Bulgarian company AGITPROP in association with Filmtank(Hamburg), ZDF and Arte. Pre-production phase took about five years. Principal photography began in New York City in December 2009, and continued in California, Nevada and Arizona in May, 2010. Dad Made Dirty Movies features interviews with Apostolof’s children and his third wife Shelley, stars from his films, cult filmmakers, film critics and film historians. The film uses first-person unreliable narration based on authentic interviews with Apostolof, drawing heavily on his peculiar manner of speaking full of colloquialisms, puns and self irony.