IFC will distribute MPAA doc before cable
Director Kirby Dick’s docu “This Film Is Not Yet Rated” will be seen on the bigscreen after all, instead of playing only on the IFC cable net.
IFC Films will unspool the pic uncut Sept. 1 in Los Angeles and Gotham.
Film attempts to expose the notoriously secretive methods of the Motion Picture Assn. of America ratings board.
There had been concern that a theatrical release would overshadow its bow on IFC, considering it was IFC Television that produced the docu with Chain Camera Prods. and in association with Netflix.
But IFC Television VP and general manager Evan Shapiro ultimately decided it was important for the film to play in theaters, and approached IFC Films about releasing it. It will debut on the IFC net at a later date.
IFC Films said the docu will be released without a rating. When previously submitting the film for a rating, Dick was told it would likely receive an NC-17 classification for graphic sexual content, since it shows contested clips from other movies going through the ratings process.
“The film embodies everything that our ‘TV.Uncut’ brand stands for, namely, the promise that we will support filmmakers and help them bring their unfiltered artistic visions to the public, regardless of how controversial those visions might be,” Shapiro said.
Dick’s pic was a hot ticket at Sundance. He has since done a new cut that will play at the upcoming Los Angeles Film Festival.
An MPAA spokeswoman declined comment on IFC Films’ decision to release theatrically.
Generally speaking, MPAA officials have reacted to “This Film Is Not Yet Rated” with something between a shrug and a dismissal. The docu makes a few valid points against the ratings system, they acknowledge, but not enough to justify the wholesale critical tone.
Internally, the org has examined those points, but so far has been silent on whether it will do anything more than that. Publicly, MPAA officials have called the docu “disingenuous” and “unfair.”