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Thursday, January 26, 2006

Sundance Film Festival - 01/25/06

Did a little more wrapping out of the HD House this morning after getting shut out on the wait list line for Special .

Wandered about Main Street and did a little shopping, picking up some Park City souvenirs. Posted yesterday's entries from the Alpine Internet Café.

Next wait list shut out came at Eccles for the 6pm screening of The Darwin Awards. There was a huge wait list crowd for this film. I'm not sure if it was the draw of Joseph Fiennes and Winona Ryder or news of the death of Chris Penn, who is also featured in the film.

Later I wait listed for the 9:30pm screening of This Film Is Not Yet Rated and this time I actually got a ticket. The film, directed by Kirby Dick, is an expose of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and the veil of secrecy that surrounds the members of the ratings board and its proceedings.

This is a really fantastic film. The best thing I've seen at the festival. I believe it already has distribution, but regardless of that, if you are at all interested in filmmaking, you should see this movie.

It goes over facts that many already are aware of: Sex is rated more harshly than violence, sexual pleasure for women is rated more harshly than the same for men, gay and lesbian sex is rated more harshly than hetero sex, and independent films are rated more harshly than studio productions. The nice thing about it is that he brings together all of these facts and illustrates them well, all in one place.

A big part of the film is Dick's desire to uncover the identities of the ratings board members, who wield so much power of films and filmmakers and how much each might ultimately earn.

One of the most enjoyable moments is when he announces that he will be submitting his film, which names both the members of the ratings board as well as the members of the appeals board, to the ratings board.

I don't want to ruin too much more, so I'll just reiterate that everyone should seek out this film.

When I got back to the condo, I got a call from Neal over at Rabbit + Crow about doing an interview podcast on the festival. That interview, conducted from the condo's hot tub as snow fell can be found at Rabbit + Crow. Enjoy.

Movies: This Film Is Not Yet Rated

Sightings: none

Weather: Still cold, though it snowed in the afternoon and evening.


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