A friend of Cinedelphia who you may know (she’s one of the Bravissimo Burlesque gals and a fixture of the local film production scene) is starting work on a new project, featured below, and thus she logically submitted a casting call to the Philadelphia Film Office’s website. Here’s the response that she received:
I’m sorry but your notice isn’t appropriate for film.org. I see that you say this isn’t porn but nudity and simulated sex comes under the banner of stuff we choose not to post. Sorry, and we’re happy to help next time on a project that is more appropriate for us.
And thus interesting questions are raised. Should our city’s Film Office refuse to support local productions based on their content? Should they have the right to deem certain projects more appropriate than others? Where else can the Philadelphia-area’s independent productions turn for help in the event that their film contains nudity and simulated sex (remember Shadowboxer)? Are these questions unnecessary since we already know that the Film Office only supports certain kinds of independent productions? Discuss.
Watch the project’s pitch video below and visit their Kickstarter page here.
Greater Philadelphia Film Office director Joan Bressler (no relation, my last name has one “s”) just sent us the following message:
I am responsible for choosing not to post the hotline notice referenced on your site. For the last 20 years, I have carefully tried to determine, with the MANY notices I receive every day, what is in the best interest of the community. Apparently my judgment was not good on this one. The Film Office does not stand behind my decision. Censorship is not acceptable to any of us; we are simply trying to serve the community in the best way that we can. I’ve been instructed to move into 2012 and lighten up, which I am happy to try to do. So, please, no backlash about posting notices that are deemed exploitative. We receive those as well. I obviously can’t please everyone but will continue to try. I am asking the filmmaker to please accept my apology and resend the notice. I will post it.
Please share this information with your readers.
And I’ll just leave it at that.
Author: Eric Bresler
Eric is the Founder/Site Editor of Cinedelphia.com whose additional activities are numerous: Director/Curator of the Philadelphia Mausoleum of Contemporary Art (PhilaMOCA), founder of Tokyo No Records, the brain behind Video Pirates, and active local film programmer including the Unknown Japan screening series. He’s served as a TLA Video Manager, Philadelphia Film Society Managing Director, and Adjunct Professor in Cinema Studies at Drexel University. He is shy and modest. Email Eric.