Competition Documentary Features
DIRECTED BY ANDREW JAMES AND JOSHUA LIGAIRI
EAST COAST PREMIERE
Does the First Amendment give moviemakers the right to have characters scream obscenities in the homes of faithful Mormon families? Ray Lines created a profitable business by scrubbing films for Utahans whose faith forbids them to partake of R-rated movies. Sex, violence, and vulgarities disappear from mainstream films and the nascent cottage industry attracts fierce competitors, all eager for a piece of the skinless trade. Despite the demand, the specter of censorship and issues of fair-use and copyright protection are raised by the Directors Guild of America. Famous filmmakers Michael Mann, Steven Soderbergh, and Mormon drop-out Neil LaBute object to the editing of their work. The courts rule. The business changes but does not disappear. And just when you think this film is a nice, cozy intellectual legal narrative about religion and art and freedom of expression, it takes a turn. Turns out the R-rated action isn’t just confined to the screen in the dark editing rooms at the back of the store. CLEANFLIX skillfully chronicles the jaw-dropping rise and fall of the controversial “clean” movement—the censorship issue doesn’t get much more entertaining than this!
DIRECTED BY MATT MORRIS
USA, 2009, 13 MIN
Vern Switzer has the gift of green. “I farm by faith as well as walk by faith,” he says. But God wants him to do more, propelling him into a new and challenging career. The new film from the director of Pickin’ & Trimmin’ (FFF 2009 Grand Jury Award for Best Documentary Short).