a film career dating back to the early days of Film Arts Foundation
and American Zoetrope, it’s obvious that Victoria Lewis
enjoys telling stories. Whether making her own documentaries about
water dowsers or nudie cuties, or sharing profuse production anecdotes
about Russian mobsters, producer-crushing crucifixes, and Terry
Zwigoff’s back spasms (she edited Louie Bluie, 1985), Lewis
has comfortably occupied a real-life role in Bay Area film lore.
Shortly after moving to the area in 1975, Lewis declined an offer
to star in a porno that became the cult classic Thundercrack (1975).
Lewis has no regrets about missing out on fleshpot infamy, and
considers the experience a blip on her life’s radar. But
the episode did have a long-lasting effect ---thirty years and
five projects later, she is revisiting the motivations of females
in the porn industry with her documentary, Women in Sinema (winner
of a Film Arts Development Award). The film, which Lewis has been
researching for five years, will trace sexploitation’s history
from the early sex hygiene reels through the swinging ‘70’s.
Lewis also plans to bring her love of unique characters to other
film projects underway including The Box Show, about an artist
community in West Marin.