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Film Independent Spirit Awards Press Room

Kirby Dick, Amy Ziering and Tanner King Barklow - 2013 Film Independent Spirit Awards at Santa Monica Beach - Press Room - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 23rd February 2013

Kirby Dick, Amy Ziering and Tanner King Barklow
Kirby Dick, Amy Ziering and Tanner King Barklow

GREAT British Film Reception to honor the British nominees

Kirby Dick - GREAT British Film Reception to honor the British nominees of the 85th Annual Academy Awards at British Consul General’s Residence - Los Angeles, California, United States - Friday 22nd February 2013

Writers Guild Awards (WGA)

Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering - Writers Guild Awards (WGA) - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 17th February 2013

Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering
Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering

65th Annual Directors Guild Of America Awards (DAG)

Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering - 65th Annual Directors Guild Of America Awards (DAG) Los Angeles California United States Saturday 2nd February 2013

Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering
Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering

Picture - Kirby Dick; Amy Ziering , Saturday 12th January 2013

Kirby Dick; Amy Ziering 2013 Independent Spirit Brunch held at BOA Steakhouse in West Hollywood Featuring: Kirby Dick, Amy Ziering Where: Los Angeles, California, United States When: 12 Jan 2013

Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering
Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering

Outrage (2009) Review


Grim
The documentary Outrage is toplined by a written statement that suggests that there is a conspiracy to keep gay men in government in the closet: A conspiracy that the media, the public and, naturally, the government itself have a hand in. Is it true? I don't think so, but even if I did, I certainly wouldn't cite Outrage, which is directed by Kirby Dick, to back my opinion.

Mr. Dick has been making documentaries since the 1980s, many of which are very good and successfully argued. His last film, This Film Is Not Yet Rated, was a long-overdue assault on the MPAA, an association bereft of logic, shrouded in mystery, and grossly old-fashioned. Biased as it was, Rated was urgent and fascinating because it dealt bluntly with what films we are allowed to see, how we view them, and why the group which makes these decisions is cloaked so impenetrably.

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This Film Is Not Yet Rated Review


Weak
When South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker made Orgazmo, a romp about a Mormon porn star, and submitted it to the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) for a rating, it came back NC-17. The filmmakers asked what they could do to get it down to an R, and they were told, brusquely, nothing. Years later they made Team America: World Police, which included a four-minute puppet-sex scene (including many shots they had no intention of using, just so they'd have something to cut out) that pushed them into forbidden territory. This time, however, they were provided scene-specific notes on how to make the film into an R. The difference? Orgazmo was an indie release, while Team America came from Paramount Studios. The message of this story, as relayed by Stone in the documentary This Film is Not Yet Rated, is fairly simple: The MPAA is less a responsible watchdog organization keeping the country safe from sexually explicit material than it is a corrupt industry tool, keeping the fig leaf of respectability not so firmly in place.

The MPAA was a lobbying organization that first implemented its voluntary ratings system in 1968 under the auspices of Jack Valenti, a Washington insider and LBJ confidant determined to defend Hollywood from the possibility of government regulation. Valenti argued it was better for film studios to police themselves so as to avoid having political prudes come down with a modernized Hays Code. So filmmakers must present their films to the MPAA's classifications panel (whose identities are never disclosed and are only described on the MPAA's website as "a board of parents") and then, if they don't have enough industry clout or the ability/desire to cut and resubmit their film for another pass, have to live with whatever rating is passed down. As This Film points out time and again, given that NC-17 films are shown by almost no theaters and often not carried by video rental chains, it's a system where de facto censorship is carried out by a secret nongovernmental body that seems to have a real problem with sex.

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This Film Is Not Yet Rated Review


Weak
When South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker made Orgazmo, a romp about a Mormon porn star, and submitted it to the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) for a rating, it came back NC-17. The filmmakers asked what they could do to get it down to an R, and they were told, brusquely, nothing. Years later they made Team America: World Police, which included a four-minute puppet-sex scene (including many shots they had no intention of using, just so they'd have something to cut out) that pushed them into forbidden territory. This time, however, they were provided scene-specific notes on how to make the film into an R. The difference? Orgazmo was an indie release, while Team America came from Paramount Studios. The message of this story, as relayed by Stone in the documentary This Film is Not Yet Rated, is fairly simple: The MPAA is less a responsible watchdog organization keeping the country safe from sexually explicit material than it is a corrupt industry tool, keeping the fig leaf of respectability not so firmly in place.

The MPAA was a lobbying organization that first implemented its voluntary ratings system in 1968 under the auspices of Jack Valenti, a Washington insider and LBJ confidant determined to defend Hollywood from the possibility of government regulation. Valenti argued it was better for film studios to police themselves so as to avoid having political prudes come down with a modernized Hays Code. So filmmakers must present their films to the MPAA's classifications panel (whose identities are never disclosed and are only described on the MPAA's website as "a board of parents") and then, if they don't have enough industry clout or the ability/desire to cut and resubmit their film for another pass, have to live with whatever rating is passed down. As This Film points out time and again, given that NC-17 films are shown by almost no theaters and often not carried by video rental chains, it's a system where de facto censorship is carried out by a secret nongovernmental body that seems to have a real problem with sex.

Continue reading: This Film Is Not Yet Rated Review

Sick: The Life & Death of Bob Flanagan, Supermasochist Review


Good
One of my best friends suffers from Cystic Fibrosis, so I looked to Sick with great interest.

Now Bob Flanagan is not your every-day-CF sufferer. At the time of his death at age 43, he was (and still remains, I think) the longest-lived survivor of the malady, which essentially clogs every organ in your body with mucus. In addition to disgestive problems, sufferers eventually drown when their lungs fill up with phlegm to the point of suffocation. Not a pretty sight.

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