One day in the early 1980s I was wandering around the East Village and I came across the neon lights of the old Variety theater on 3rd Avenue at 13th Street. It was the most delicious theater I had ever encountered. I was drawn in by the glowing sign. As I walked inside I discovered that it was a porn theater and I came up with the idea for this film.
I invited my friends Spalding Gray and Nancy Reilly, both members of the Wooster Group, to talk about pornography on-camera. I shot it on Super 8 and spliced it together myself. On the soundtrack, I used the music of Bush Tetras and Marianne Faithfull.
ANYBODY'S WOMAN was made for a show at Artist's Space in 1981 called Emergency. Thirteen filmmakers were given $75 and told to make a film that would be shown a month later; all the films were to address what we saw as an emergency in the arts' community after right-wing Senator Jesse Helms had slashed funding for the National Endowment for the Arts.
This short film was ultimately the precursor to my first feature film VARIETY.