Doug Sakmann: American Hero

Years ago I got a screener copy of Troma Films “All The Love You Cannes”. It was a documentary about one of Troma’s yearly trips to the Cannes film festival. It was meant to be an instructional guide on how to promote your independent feature at Cannes. What it turned out to be was an hour and a half of Doug Sakmann fucking shit up. The movie was so funny. This guy Doug who worked at Troma pissed off or pissed on anyone who came near him. He was brilliant. I suddenly was a huge fan. I emailed Doug as soon as I finished watching it to tell him how great I thought it was. He sent me tons of other Troma movies to review for Driven By Boredom, but soon after that he parted ways with Troma to start his own company, Backseat Conceptions. Anyway years later Doug and I have become friends. I have followed his career since the beginning and I have to say I am pretty pleased with his choices. I sat down and interviewed Doug in January on his way back from the Adult Video News Awards in Las Vegas. He was with one of his collaborators, Joanna Angel promoting her porn films. Her film Joanna’s Angels 2 had won Best Sex Comedy and her discovery Tommy Pistol had won best male newcomer. But let’s start at the beginning: Doug’s life post Troma.



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Comments (2)


  1. Chris
    May 23rd, 2008 | 2:45 am

    I will say one thing about Doug and that is that he is living the dream. The dude has gone from messing around at Cannes to forming his own company and making a living doing what he loves. He even has an office at Cannes and does his thing solo there now. Weather suitcase pimps like McKinlay like it or not, Doug loves and is everything Troma stands for and YES, he is cool. Having your own company, doing what you love and having success at all of it is as cool as it gets.

  2. May 23rd, 2008 | 5:50 am

    Doug was counting on me to bring naked girls to his strip for pain the other day and I totally bailed on him. Instead I watched All The Love You Cannes again with one of the naked girls. Doug has become a pretty good friend of mine since I posted this interview, and he is still my hero.

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