Moderated by Author and Journalist Ralph Elawani
If there was such a thing as a “gold standard” of exploitation cinema historians, Jimmy McDonough would be it. This scene has many champions, but McDonough's landmark 2001 Andy Milligan biography THE GHASTLY ONE distinguished him as a writer whose work excelled not merely in recounting the life and career of a one-of-a-kind filmmaker, but the era in which he lived and thrived. Subsequent biographies of Neil Young, Russ Meyer, Tammy Wynette, and Al Green once again showcased his unique understanding of these great artists, and now, on the eve of the publication of what promises to be his most exhaustive and absorbing book, THE EXOTIC ONES (published by FAB Press), Fantasia is proud to present Jimmy McDonough in conversation with journalist Ralph Elawani to discuss both an extraordinary career and perhaps his most fascinating subject matter yet, the Ormond Family, the notorious Nashville mother-father-son trio who cranked out a wild bunch of movies, from Lash LaRue westerns to a stripper-gore-musical outrage then, finally… a string of extreme Baptist extravaganzas. Two of the latter will be screening together elsewhere at the festival in new restorations, billed under the title DOOMED AMERICA.
A limited number of books will be available for sale and signing. This will be Jimmy McDonough’s only Canadian appearance on THE EXOTIC ONES’ book tour. Miss it and you’ll regret it forever.