Film Media is Born

Blog by Michael Raso

Joe and Peggy Sarno in 2001. (photo by Sam Sherman)

Joe and Peggy Sarno in 2001. (photo by Sam Sherman)

No better day to launch the Film Media Project than on Joe Sarno's birthday! Our very first press release pasted below. Happy birthday, Joe! I miss ya! So thrilled to be working with Joe's wife Peggy on bringing Joe's films to a new generation!

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The Film Media Project is dedicated to preserving, restoring and raising awareness of obscure and outstanding examples of independent cinema shot on motion picture film.

 Conceived and initiated in 2016, the Film Media Project is the brainchild of company director Michael Raso who has dedicated his life to working with film.  A professional cinematographer, editor and producer, Michael understands all aspects of film media from production through media management and distribution.  Michael personally oversees the restoration and transfer to high definition of all films in the Film Media Project archive.

Joe Sarno and Michael Raso - New York City 2005

Joe Sarno and Michael Raso - New York City 2005

The Joseph W. Sarno Film Library – the Film Media Archive currently includes the largest collection of films by erotic auteur Joseph W. Sarno.  Restoration of the library to high definition media is scheduled to begin Spring of 2016, and will be managed by Michael Raso with assistance from Joe’s widow, Peggy Sarno.

About Joseph W. Sarno (d. 2010) – an American film director and screenwriter, Joe Sarno emerged from the New York sexploitation film scene of the 1950s and 1960s and wrote / directed approximately 75 feature films including the internationally renowned Sin in the Suburbs and Inga.  Often referred to as “the Ingmar Bergman of 42nd street”, the last 12 years of Joe’s life heralded a new appreciation for his body of nuanced and highly stylized erotic dramas, culminating in a series of screenings and awards at the Lake Placid Film Festival, the British Film Institute, the Turin Film Festival and the Warhol Museum among others. It was during this time that Joe Sarno and Michael Raso forged the close working relationship that would result in the location, purchase, and restoration of many of his existing films, and the production of Joe’s final feature film in 2004.