Friedman was much more than a mere film figure, and to paint him as such suspends a great deal of what he meant outside the medium.
His importance to cinema cannot be undersold. While many may label him a smut peddler or a flesh merchant, the truth is much more direct. Calling himself "The Mighty Monarch of the Exploitation Film", David F. Friedman (who died at 87 of heart failure on 14 February, 2011) produced many of the landmark titles that gave the deviant genre its artform import. From nudist camp romps to repugnant splatter rampages, from softcore spoofs to darker explorations of fiendish fetishes, the smooth Southern gentleman dabbled in every facet of the format, often coming away as both trendsetter and standard bearer. With filmmaker Herschell Gordon Lewis, Friedman unleashed the heralded Blood Trilogy, a collection of gore epics (Blood Feast, Two Thousand Maniacs, Color Me Blood Red) that would rewrite the rules of horror once and for all.
Instead, of trying to turn his remarkable and varied life into a 1200 word obituary, we here at SE&L have decided to do what we think we do best - education. This will be an interactive appreciation, a primer of sorts with suggested readings, viewings, and creative contemplations. Friedman was much more than a mere film figure, and to paint him as such suspends a great deal of what he meant outside the medium. He was an advocate, a champion, a charmer, and a salesman. He was a clown, a commander, and perhaps most importantly, a game changer. Instead of trying to maneuver through his remarkable life with a couple of paragraphs and some clever turns of phrase, it's best that you settle in and discover what those of us who worship the man already know: modern movies would be nothing without Dave Friedman. You can have your directorial visionaries and auteur theories. Here was someone who actually made a sweeping, everlasting difference- whether you know it or not.
Starting with this five areas, your education in all things Friedman begins with his superb autobiography:
A Youth in Babylon
Mau Mau Sex Sex
Schlock: The Secret History of American Movies
Something Weird Video