With The Empire Strikes Back XXX: An Axel Braun Parody luring him out of retirement, Tom Byron becomes the first performer in the IAFD to break 3000 titles to his credit. (He’s holding at 3004 titles right now, but I’m sure we’ll add more historical titles to boost that number… that averages 91 movies per year; almost two per week for the last 33 years.)
The format was pretty rigid – generous amounts of harder-than-expected footage from the films in question, intercut with talking heads – usually people involved in the movie. Due to the size of the list and the length of the documentary, each movie only got a bit over 2 minutes of discussion each.
(Speaking of the interviews, some of them were presented waaaay over-exposed. I’m not sure of the stylistic choice of presenting it this way, but I found it distracting, when correctly exposed footage seemed to exist.)
In addition, when participants in the movies couldn’t be found, they relied on recent starts to offer opinions or summaries – for example, Skin Diamond (Best Oral (get it?), 2014 AVN Awards) was used to do the heavy lifting summarizing Deep Throat, since pretty everyone involved in that movie is dead now; Riley Reid talked about Blonde Ambition; Casey Calvert spoke about Nothing to Hide 1
Any list will have its omissions, so I wonder if there were outside forces influencing some of the choices – was Johnny Wadd passed over because Chinn didn’t want to participate? (I have no clue; just using him as an example.) Could they not get the rights to show clips from New Wave Hookers? (Same caveat.)
Here’s their list, ordered by year of release, which is how the documentary was structured:
Looking over the list of 2015 AVN Hall of Name inductees, we found some favorites listed, and Kaylani Lei caught my eye because it seemed like she “just started” in 2002, and entrance into the hallowed hall should take some more time to earn… (this is purely a subjective reading of what it takes to get into the Hall and is not intended to reflect on her or anyone’s deservedness. I also think 2002 feels like last week instead of 12 years ago)
So, I figured I’d run the numbers and see what came up.
Some other fun facts – Joey Stefano and Victoria Paris were both inducted in 1997 with only 8 years under their belts; Shy Love got inducted next fastest with only 10 years in the industry.
This analysis is also incomplete in that we don’t list every inductee; just the ones we have database records on; so not everyone in the executive branch is listed (Sorry Bonnie!) nor is anyone in the Pleasure Products or Internet Branch listed, as we don’t cover those parts of the industry.
I put the spreadsheet up on Google Docs for those of you interested in having a look. The “First Year” column is pulled from our “Years Active” field except in cases where it was clearly wrong, i.e. Christian Mann has a couple titles listed in the IAFD from last year, but he was part of the industry since 1979. We arrived at that year because he was called a “35 year veteran of the industry” in his obituary. We noted these cases in the aptly named NOTES field. :-) And since this is the “Class of 2015” we use that year for our calculations, even tho we’re still in 2014 as of this writing…