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Director Kirby Dick Rates the MPAA

As far as documentary film topics go, I thought it would be a while before anyone topped 2002's "Stone Reader," which chronicled Mark Moskowitz's quest to track down the obscure author of his favorite novel. But I think Kirby Dick has done it. According to The Hollywood Reporter, his film "This Film Is Not Yet Rated" is a penetrating look inside the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), and apparently the picture it paints is none too flattering. Expect the film to expose the MPAA's preference for studio fare over independent work as well as standards that are generally homophobic and sexist.

Considering that Dick is also the man who brought us "Sick: The Life & Death of Bob Flanagan, Supermasochist," it's easy to imagine that ratings and censorship are somewhat dear to his heart. The film's official Web site explains that the major goal of "This Film" was to uncover the identities of the highly secretive MPAA's ratings board members, which forced the filmmakers themselves to adopt a low-profile existence for the year-plus of research the project demanded. Several high-profile people agreed to be interviewed for the film, including John Waters, Kevin Smith and Matt Stone.

"This Film" premieres at Sundance this month and will air on the Independent Film Channel in fall 2006.--Pete Mesling

Posted by Pete on January 22, 2006 8:05 PM
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