During MonsterFest, a user submitted a film with a highly offensive title and little to no redeeming content, other than the fact that it sparked an interesting and worthwhile debate on whether the mods should or shouldn't reject films from screening in the fest based on their content.
The original thread fell victim to my attempt to move it out of the Monster's Lair (where the user films are located) and I accidentally deleted it instead. It's contents are unretrievable and I apologize sincerely for being such a bonehead.
Hopefully, we can continue that great discussion here, civilly and respectfully, knowing that we all want what's best for this community and this festival.
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11-04-2009 02:39 PM
11-04-2009 02:50 PM
Hehe... you know you just killed the beast right?
11-04-2009 02:51 PM
Zak is one of the best mods we've ever had. Great temperment, active, out there on the bleeding edge of indie filmmaking, generates tons of helpful content for memmbers, comes up and impliments so many great ideas behind the scenes ... I wish I could say this little (and hilarious tension breaking boo boo) made me feel slightly less inadequate, but nah, he still kicks ass.
Now where were we
11-04-2009 02:52 PM
zak feels bad... so, try not to give him too hard of a time Truth be told, we were both moderating the thread at the same time (trying to move it)... I was just moving the entire thread in my typical lazy way, and zak was parsing it up to separate the discussion from the actual film thread in his typical very thorough and thoughtful way, and our paths got crossed and it accidentally got axed in an unrecoverable way...
Tis a pity, but ah well... was good for a laugh
11-04-2009 02:58 PM
Having never seen the original thread I'll throw in the first thing that comes to my mind.
I believe that if an individual makes a film it should most definitely be allowed into the festival if it meets all the criteria. Zak, your film "I F*cking Hate You" also has an extremely offensive title (not to me, but I can understand how others might feel) but of course that short was excellently done. That film wasn't rejected because it had "redeeming value."
From the description you gave I don't know if the entire film this user posted was offensive, or if it was just the title that was offensive but the film itself was just poorly done. Either way, I feel like the success of the film will and should be determined by the community. If it is a badly done piece, the voting and feedback (civil!) will support that, but I do believe it should be given a chance to be judged by the viewers/voters.
Now if the entire film was offensive to watch that is a different beast entirely.
Edit to add: Also I think the decision needs to be reached as to whether these fests are on the path to evolve into more traditional "film festivals" with a screening period for entry or not. If not, then rejecting a film based on content no matter how bad I would view as unfair.
11-04-2009 03:11 PM
the film is not currently publicly available, but if anyone would like to view it for the purposes of open and honest discussion on this general topic of to censor or not to censor films based on content moving forward, please feel free to pm me, and I will provide you with a link to it.
It's interesting some folks response to the thought of censorship before and after viewing.
From the mods general perspective, while we do have forum etiquette guidelines that we strongly enforce, we distinguish that from the fests and what we feel as a privilege of freedom of artistic expression within the fests.
DVXFest has always been unique from other fests in that it is a: if you put in the time, and meet our basic guidelines, you will be viewed and have the opportunity to be rated and responded to. So, if we start censoring films based on content, it will completely go against the grain of the uniqueness of what the fests are at their very core. and, a whole lot of subjectivity comes in to play at that point. For example, Barry has stated strongly defended NOT censoring the films. And, he has also said that if we were censoring films based on content (beyond our hard r rating) that there are a good many films that would never have seen the light of day b/c of his own personal objections to their content. Some of those films have done very well in the fest, and have created other opportunities for the filmmakers. It's a big nasty can of worms if you go down that road... I don't know that there really is a happy middle ground. It seems (as of now) that you either don't censor films based on content, or you do, and it's completely subjective at that point, so there is no hard line once you start doing it.
This film has raised quite an interesting debate that was bound to happen sooner or later under this format and as the fests continue to grow. So, the side effect of this film is that we are now having this debate.
I just hope that folks very seriously consider the potential ramifications of a decision either way, as I do not feel it is a clear cut thing. An, obvious right thing to do.
Personally, the mods are all unified in the idea that we do NOT want to censor films based on content. That being said, we also fully acknowledge the increased likelihood that someone will now come along and use that "freedom" against the fest to make some kind of point, or just to see how far they can push it. So.... anyways... We're very interested in everyone's thoughts on this issue.
My own personal thoughts at the moment are... if you poo poo with us and take advantage of the artistic freedom that we provide in these fests, while your film may (or may not) screen, we most certainly will banish you from this community and all things Landmine for ever and eternity as someone who is hostile to the site and to the integrity and good intentions of what the fests are meant to be. Likewise, I hope that the members would appreciate that artistic freedom that they are afforded in DVXFest, champion it, and defend it with fervor, and brand anyone who seeks to destroy it as such, and approach veryyy cautiously the idea to want to begin censoring *any* film based on content b/c of something like this happening.
Those are kinda my personal thoughts anyways.
11-04-2009 03:15 PM
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Take a poll. Not saying to go buy the results but you'll know where the majority stands.
11-04-2009 03:18 PMAlso I think the decision needs to be reached as to whether these fests are on the path to evolve into more traditional "film festivals" with a screening period or not. If not, then rejecting a film based on content no matter how bad I would view as unfair.
anyways, it is semi-related to this discussion, b/c if we do go down the road of censorship of content, then dvxfest could very likely begin to head in the direction of a more "traditional" style film festival. Personally, I'd like to see us have both at the very least, and not a one or the other.
11-04-2009 03:44 PM
But what if the next Lloyd Kaufman or Trey Parker was to enter into the fest? Hmmm. Of course you could argue that it depends on the venue you are choosing to show your work. You wouldn't show a gore flick at a Christmas fest and expect to get good results. So maybe it is a question of just what is dvxfest? Hehe.
11-04-2009 03:48 PM