Cinemation Industries

Cinemation Industries was a New York City-based film studio and distributor owned and run by exploitation producer Jerry Gross. Among other films, the company has distributed exploitation films such as Shanty Tramp (1967), Teenage Mother (1967), The Cheerleaders (1973), The Black Six (1974), and The Black Godfather (1974).

Cinemation Industries
IndustryExploitation film studio
HeadquartersNew York City, United States

The company, however, also distributed unexpected smash hit independent films like Melvin Van Peebles' Sweet Sweetback's Baad Asssss Song (1971) and Ralph Bakshi's Fritz the Cat (1972). Other films released by the distributor include Peter Fonda's Idaho Transfer (1973), Freddie Francis' Son of Dracula (1974), Alain Resnais' Stavisky (1975), and the film version of Oh! Calcutta! (1972). It handled the U.S. rights for the Italian animated feature The Magic Bird, originally titled Putiferio va alla guerra.[2]

The company became bankrupt in 1975, and all of its catalog has been distributed by other companies. Jerry Gross resurfaced (after reportedly working as a clerk at 7-Eleven store) a few years later with a new company The Jerry Gross Organization.[1]


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  2. Baer, Joan (June 7, 1971). "Several Important Imports (Uptrend in Feature Schedules Sighted for Upcoming Year)". Boxoffice Barometer: 8. Retrieved May 25, 2013.

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