Filmmaker Rachel Mason, whose Emmy-nominated Netflix documentary “Circus of Books” explores her parents’ gay porn shop, writes about why we need to respect sex workers.
Rachel Mason, prior to becoming an award-winning director is best known as an artist who created politically-charged work and adventurous experimental performances, such as scaling an 8-story building in a white body suit and helmet, and performing Donald Trump's inaugural speech in a clown suit as a live-stream when he took the oath of office. Mason has toured and exhibited at festivals including SXSW and Tribeca, and museums including the Whitney Museum, Queens Museum, LACMA, and Detroit Museum of Contemporary Art. Mason has been praised in The New York Times, Village Voice, Los Angeles Times, Flash Art, Art in America, Art News, and Artforum, among other publications. Her ﬁrst feature ﬁlm, The Lives of Hamilton Fish, premiered at Raindance in the UK and has toured festivals and museums internationally. Her latest film, Circus of Books, is now streaming on Netflix and was nominated for an Emmy Award. You can check out her work here.