NORTH HOLLYWOOD, Calif. - "We shot some brilliant stuff yesterday," said Amber Lynn as she welcomed AVN to the set - two adjoining soundstages - where she was supervising the production of We Are the World XXX.
The project , her brainstorm, is a tribute to ailing director Henri Pachard. Proceeds from sales of the DVD, to be distributed by Vivid, will help pay for his soaring medical expenses.
When Lynn read Mark Kernes' May 10 report on AVN.com that Pachard was "losing his battle to cancer," she decided something had to be done to help. And who better to help the legendary director than his colleagues and all the friends he'd made in the industry during his long and distinguished career.
The all-volunteer effort designed to "create a revenue stream" to help Pachard and his wife Deloras, who have been swamped with bills, with Pachard unable to work.
Amber was the instigator, first calling Kernes after reading his story online, then meeting with AVN founder Paul Fishbein who helped get Vivid's Steven Hirsch attached to the project.
Once word got out about what Lynn was doing, she said, "everybody started calling." She and Protecting Adult Welfare (PAW) founder Bill Margold, another longtime Pachard friend, made a "bridal list" of what they needed for the production. Every item, from the soundstage to the refreshments to the services of the crew, was donated.
"Paul Thomas told me to leave no stone unturned," Lynn said. "This is not some ordinary guy we're dealing with."
Wicked Pictures got behind the project when Steve Orenstein approved the participation of directors Randy Spears and Brad Armstrong.
The movie will have five segments, each with its own director and stars. The first scene to be filmed was a girl-girl B&D with Amber being dominated by fellow legend Porsche Lynn. (Ginger Lynn was also scheduled to participate but illness forced her to bow out.)
Lynn said the scenes were conceived as tributes to some aspect of Pachard's filmmaking - like his often outrageous toilet scenes. Which is what she set up for Evil Angel owner John Stagliano to shoot.
She got Moxxie Maddron to sit on a toilet in a chain-link enclosure, or cage, outdoors. Stagliano brought along as male talent Manuel Ferrara, who told Amber he had always wanted to work with her.
Although Lynn and Stagliano had never collaborated before, they were soon making up for missed opportunities, with him shooting the threeway encounter in his classic Buttman style.
Lynn did her first anal sex in five years with Ferrara and just for this occasion made an exception to her personal condoms-only rule. It wound up with Amber's head in the toilet. "I had to!" she laughed. "Nobody else wanted to go there."
Stagliano told AVN that although he was never directed by Pachard, "I always thought he was the most polite, enthusiastic, nicest person to meet at shows or events. He always had something interesting to say and was very supportive even though we were competitors."
As for the scene, "I thought [it] went very well-how can you miss with Manuel as the actor with Amber? And Moxxie was great too. The visuals Amber helped create by putting Moxxie in a cage outside worked very well."
Wicked's Armstrong based his scene on a story Pachard once told him about first encountering his wife Deloras, then an actress, on a movie set. Armstrong turned their meeting into a romantic fantasy with Spears playing a Hollywood-style Director, in jodhpurs and riding boots, and Jada Fire as a glamorous, retro-attired Actress.
They mimed falling in love with each other (followed by oral sex) as a porn couple, Holly and Troy Halston, had energetic sex nearby and former Wicked Girl Stephanie Swift masturbated with a dildo. One of the cameramen was industry regular Ralph Parfait - a.k.a. Jason Sullivan, one of Pachard's sons.
Between the sex scenes, and tying them all together, will be interludes set in a bar where Margold, as The Historian, moderates a lively debate between an Angel and a Devil, played respectively by legends Georgina Spelvin and Ron Jeremy. Jeremy was also scheduled to direct himself in a "DILF" sex scene with two young girls, Anna Mills and Candy Hart.
The climactic scene that day was to be a party, with "everyone who's ever known Pachard." It included a "big orgy scene" with about 30 people, according to Lynn. Everyone was interviewed about their relationship to the director for BTS footage.
On the set already were several Pachard friends and industry veterans: the ever-vivacious Cara Lott, a glowing Ona Zee, now a happily retired Westside matron, writer Raven Touchstone, who contributed the movie's script, and director Roy Karch. More stars, former stars and friends were on the way, as well as Pachard himself, who had also been on set briefly the day before.
According to Margold, Pachard "is overwhelmed by this."
The movie will conclude with the appearance of Larry Flynt, in essence playing God and creating "the world of porn." Flynt agreed to let Lynn film him in his Beverly Hills office.
The one remaining sequence is to be shot by Paul Thomas on July 1, after he finishes work on Vivid's Deep Throat remake.
Thomas told AVN that as an actor he was frequently directed by Pachard, most notably in such classics as Public Affairs and the four-part Taboo American Style. "I was his star in New York, in the ‘80s. When he came to L. A. I was his producer. I started him out as a director out here. I introduced him to everyone...."
Thomas will be directing Penny Flame and Tom Byron in an extension of their AVN award-winning scene in Layout-same characters-and "it involves a toilet, absolutely." Also participating will be Vivid Girl Meggan Mallone, with Vivid owner Hirsch in a brief cameo.
Thomas echoed what others in the "Pachard project" must be feeling when he concluded, "God bless Amber for putting out the energy and pulling this all together and getting it done."
Pictured: John Stagliano, Amber Lynn, Manuel Ferrara. Photo: Chris King.