AFI has selected A Labor of Love to be included in the AFI Catalog of Feature Films.

Find out more here: http://www.afi.com/members/catalog/DetailView.aspx?s=&Movie=69903

Order Today! ‘A Labor of Love’ DVD + Bonus Features

A Labor of Love DVD

A Labor of Love is now available on DVD for the first time.

Order your copy with bonus features today through Vinegar Syndrome.


PICK OF THE WEEK: A LABOR OF LOVE, “It could be the best documentary you see all year.”
— Dan Tabor, Cinapse

“An astonishing documentary … As this film proves, you can’t beat real life for sheer unpredictability and entertainment value.”
— Nathaniel Thompson, Mondo Digital

A LABOR OF LOVE is a great piece of cinéma vérité … great intimate portraits of people who really have no idea of what they’ve gotten involved with.”
— Mack Blankenship, Slashers, Starlets and Sleaze

“This is a documentary masterpiece … A Labor of Love ought to be held up with the works of the Maysles Brothers and P.A. Pennebaker.”
— Joe Corey, Inside Pulse

“Anybody interested in the filmmaking process whether in front of the camera or behind owes it to themselves to take the 67 minutes and watch this documentary.”
— Seth Poulin, Cinema Terror

“Poignant … amusing … Flaxman and Goldman deliver a surprisingly vibrant and direct ‘tell all’ approach … bears a surprising similarity to such metafilms as Truffaut’s Nuit Americaine (Day for Night) and Olivier Assayas’s Irma Vep … a very human portrait of the society and youth culture of that era.”
Third Eye Cinema

“One hell of a documentary … highly recommended.”
— John Carpenter, Theater Thoughts

“I loved every minute of it.”
The Manchester Morgue

” … a fascinating and hilarious look at the filmmaking process – a TRUE ‘labor of love.'”
— Greg Goodsell, Cinema Head Cheese

Labor is a compelling, often humorous look at human foibles erupting when faced with the most human of acts.”
— Patrick Friel, Film Comment – Film Society Lincoln Center

“It’s all pretty hilarious … Robert Flaxman and Daniel Goldman’s A Labor of Love can be seen today as the missing link between Deep Throat and the events described in Boogie Nights.”
— Gary Dretzka, Movie City News

A Labor of Love is a must for exploitation and adult film geeks … It’s one of those documentaries where the premise is original and the execution is spot on.”
— Greg Baty, Cinesploitation

“Equally entertaining and informative … This is something to be treasured. Go get it!”
— Justin Laliberty, Geek New Wave

A Labor of Love is a funny, touching and frustrating account of a group of young filmmakers attempting to make a dramatic film.”

“Fascinating … hilarious … unique … A LABOR OF LOVE is one of those rare documentaries that exists in a bizarre world all its own.”
— Ian Jane, Rock, Shock, Pop

‘A Labor of Love’ DVD – Available June 11, 2013 – Pre-Order Now

NOTE: Release date = June 11th. Pre-order now.

Vinegar Syndrome proudly presents the home video debut of Robert Flaxman and Daniel Goldman’s portrait of regional filmmaking gone awry.

In the winter of 1974, a naive independent filmmaker based in Chicago found funding to make his first feature, to be titled “The Last Affair.” The one stipulation mandated by his financial backers was that the movie needed to include hardcore sex scenes. A LABOR OF LOVE documents the ensuing heartfelt and earnest attempt to create an X-rated movie. Between struggles with the cast and problems with crew and locations, the production forges on in a manner NBC News described as “A true human comedy” and Hadrian Belove of Cinefamily acclaimed as “a lost vérité masterpiece … a movie-about-movies documentary classic.”

Directed by Robert Flaxman and Daniel Goldman
1975 / USA / 67 min / 1.85:1 / Color

Features Include:
+ Dual Layer DVD-9 | Region Free | 16:9 Anamorphic | 1.85:1 AR | MONO
+ Restored in 2k from 16mm Ektachrome camera originals
+ Video interview with Robert Flaxman
+ Audio interview with Flaxman & John Iltis
+ Original theatrical trailer

2012 Wisconsin Film Festival in Madison – Sunday, April 22

A Labor of Love will screen at the 2012 Wisconsin Film Festival in Madison on Sunday, April 22, 4:15 PM at the Marquee Theater in Union South.

Robert Flaxman will be present for a Q&A following the screening.

Tickets go on sale March 31.

A Labor of Love is a lost vérité masterpiece … a movie-about-movies documentary classic.”
~ Hadrian Belove, Cinefamily (2011)


“Superb … A Labor of Love certainly deserves the resurrection and the raves.”
~ Jeff Kuykendall, Midnight Only (2012)


A Labor of Love is a completely compelling time capsule that is at times almost too funny to be nonfiction.”
~ 2012 Wisconsin Film Festival

Chicago – The Gene Siskel Film Center on Nov. 2, 2011

A Labor of Love will screen at the Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago, Illinois on Wednesday, November 2, 2011 at 8:00 PM.


A Labor of Love – The Movie: Trailer

Check out the trailer for A Labor of Love!

a film by Robert Flaxman & Daniel Goldman

1976 – Before cell phones, HIV/AIDS and Snooki …

A LABOR OF LOVE follows a young director and his equally young cast and crew as they attempt to make their first feature film, THE LAST AFFAIR.

At the last minute, before filming commenced, the financial backers of THE LAST AFFAIR insisted sex scenes be included to ensure their film’s success at the box office. This edict not only surprised the director and his cast but made them question their ability to perform their roles.

A predecessor to today’s best reality shows, A LABOR OF LOVE focuses on the fragile interpersonal relationships of the director and his cast as they confront uncomfortable, yet often hilarious situations.

A LABOR OF LOVE offers its viewers the rare opportunity to become a fly on the wall and witness unique events they would otherwise never see.

a film by Robert Flaxman & Daniel Goldman

For theatrical re-release – new digital color prints

70 minutes – NR

NOTE: A LABOR OF LOVE has never been shown on TV or cable TV. It has never been available on DVD or tape.

For information about exhibiting A LABOR OF LOVE, contact JOHN ILTIS, jiltis@iltischicago.com (312) 953-5411