Re: [Videolib] Film Censorship

Jessica Rosner (jrosner@kino.com)
Tue, 18 Jan 2005 14:37:28 -0500

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The best part is remark that " There are plenty of other places to see that
kind of stuff"
NO THERE ARE NOT. These people forget that libraries should provide
access to materials
NOT otherwise available.

Jessica

Proud Resident of a BLUE STATE

Jessica Rosner
Kino International
333 W 39th St. 503
NY NY 10018
jrosner@kino.com
212-629-6880

From: "Cecilia Hurt" <cecilia.hurt@flower-mound.com>
Reply-To: videolib@library.berkeley.edu
Date: Tue, 18 Jan 2005 12:51:04 -0600
To: <videolib@library.berkeley.edu>
Subject: [Videolib] Film Censorship

Hello, everyone!

Please see below a current film censorship story. At this time, I do not
know of any actions being taken to reinstate the film in the collection.

On a related note, for this year's Banned Books Week, the Video Round Table
will be creating an attractive banned/challenged/censored film handout. It
will be made available on the VRT web site. We are in the information
gathering stage of development. Does anyone have suggestions for titles that
should included?

Thank you,
~Cecilia

Official cancels viewing of film

By Jean Weaver

Special to the Star-Telegram

ARLINGTON - Interim City Manager Fred Greene canceled the showing of a movie
with sexual overtones Thursday that the Arlington Public Library had planned
to show at its independent film festival this month.

Falling Angels, based on a novel by a Canadian writer, contains female
nudity, sex scenes, adultery, adult language and situations, incest
overtones and unwanted pregnancy set in the 1960s.

The library had been planning to launch an independent film festival at the
George W. Hawkes Central Library, 101 E. Abram St., with three movies
scheduled from Jan. 29 through March. The other two films, Buddy and
Witnesses, are being reviewed.

"The film has been pulled," Arlington Mayor Pro Tem Ron Wright said. "The
librarians were given strict content guidelines by Greene, which are based
upon the information that if a film cannot be shown to someone under 17,
then it would not be appropriate for the city libraries of Arlington."

The Canadian film was released in U.S. theaters Oct. 31. It was not rated by
the Motion Picture Association of America. However, a recommendation on the
back cover of the video says it should not to be shown to people under 17.

Adults-only films have never been shown at the Arlington libraries, said
Starr Krottinger, public services administrator for the Arlington Public
Library System. Reference librarian Linda Seitz said that she has previewed
half of Falling Angels and is aware of the content.

The films were aimed at college-age people, she said.

Library patron Carlos Medina, 23, of Arlington said the library wasn't the
place for the film. "There are plenty of other places to see that kind of
stuff," Medina said. "They don't have to show it at the library."

The film is no longer available for checkout.

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Re: [Videolib] Film Censorship The best part is remark that " There are plenty of other places to see= that kind of stuff"
NO THERE ARE NOT.  These people forget that libraries   shou= ld provide access to materials
NOT otherwise available.

Jessica


Proud Resident of a BLUE STATE

Jessica Rosner
Kino International
333 W 39th St. 503
NY NY 10018
jrosner@kino.com
212-629-6880


From: "Cecilia Hurt" <cecilia.hurt@flower-mound.com>=
Reply-To: videolib@library.berkeley.edu
Date: Tue, 18 Jan 2005 12:51:04 -0600
To: <videolib@library.berkeley.edu>
Subject: [Videolib] Film Censorship


Hello, = everyone!

Please see below a = current film censorship story. At this time, I do not know of any actions be= ing taken to reinstate the film in the collection.

On a related note, = for this year's Banned Books Week, the Video Round Table will be creating an= attractive banned/challenged/censored film handout. It will be made availab= le on the VRT web site. We are in the information gathering stage of develop= ment. Does anyone have suggestions for titles that should included?

Thank you,
~Cecilia

Official cancels viewing of film

By Jean Weaver

Special to the Star-Telegram

ARLINGTON - Interim City Manager Fred Greene canceled the showing of a movi= e with sexual overtones Thursday that the Arlington Public Library had plann= ed to show at its independent film festival this month.

Falling Angels, based on a novel by a Canadian writer, contains female nudi= ty, sex scenes, adultery, adult language and situations, incest overtones an= d unwanted pregnancy set in the 1960s.

The library had been planning to launch an independent film festival at the= George W. Hawkes Central Library, 101 E. Abram St., with three movies sched= uled from Jan. 29 through March. The other two films, Buddy and Witnesses, a= re being reviewed.

"The film has been pulled," Arlington Mayor Pro Tem Ron Wright sa= id. "The librarians were given strict content guidelines by Greene, whi= ch are based upon the information that if a film cannot be shown to someone = under 17, then it would not be appropriate for the city libraries of Arlingt= on."

The Canadian film was released in U.S. theaters Oct. 31. It was not rated b= y the Motion Picture Association of America. However, a recommendation on th= e back cover of the video says it should not to be shown to people under 17.=

Adults-only films have never been shown at the Arlington libraries, said St= arr Krottinger, public services administrator for the Arlington Public Libra= ry System. Reference librarian Linda Seitz said that she has previewed half = of Falling Angels and is aware of the content.

The films were aimed at college-age people, she said.

Library patron Carlos Medina, 23, of Arlington said the library wasn't the = place for the film. "There are plenty of other places to see that kind = of stuff," Medina said. "They don't have to show it at the library= ."

The film is no longer available for checkout.



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