[Edits: 03/05/12.] I’m sorry to report the news today that filmmaker Dan Cross has died. He was a production manager, producer and director for All Worlds Video for two decades and the driving force behind hundreds of blue movies. Mr. Cross was the secret weapon for studio founder Rick Ford and AWV. A fastidious and hyper-organized producer, he came to the rescue of many fledgling directors, including me. Dan Cross was my first producer, and served as my mentor and guide. I spent the morning reminiscing with Jerry Douglas, and spoke via email with Wash West; both filmmakers voiced similar sentiments. Mr. Cross was 65 and had been battling lung cancer. He passed away late Saturday night, March 3, in Palm Springs with several close friends at hand. As you can see from the comment below, a memorial and celebration of his life has been set for March 24. Contact me for specifics. More details to follow.