Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Quiet On The Set

The tongue in cheek moment in the upcoming film, "This Film Is Not Yet Rated" happens when one of the movie's makers calls the MPAA.
He asks the receptionist how to get a rating for the movie as it is essentially writing itself. Clever concept for a documentary of the Michael Moore caliber.

Let's go back in time four years ago : a documentary covering the issue of American violence is released. A snappy title and a well-versed and at times exploitative essay complete with a myriad of footage and interviews of folks from all different areas on the subject. A formula is born.

Who can blame them? Find an executive of some high-brow, already established production company willing to finance and anyone can have a low-budget special interest film. It's better than reality television. You can make your own hours.

Let's go back to 2006. "This Film Is Not Yet Rated" delves into the constraints of censorship filmmakers infamously have to put up with. The Motion Picture Association of America, a quasi-governmental entity gets officially audited with no real manipulative direction. The dialogue is real and within context.

The film explores their pointed agenda to prioritize censorship on racy and suggestive film content while ignoring movies with dark and violent themes.
Is this something for movie-goers or filmmakers? The answer is yes.