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Movies in the Classroom. MPAA Film Censorship Secret Cartel rates films for the past 80 years.

Motion Picture Association of America rates films


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Kirby Dick's provocative documentary investigates the secretive and inconsistent process by which the Motion Picture Association of America rates films, revealing the organization's underhanded efforts to control culture. A Censorship Secret Cartel ruled by America's movie censors who were named in the film.
These ratings actually have an impact on ticket sales and a film-maker's ability to market his own work successfully. An R-rated movie automatically has its potential audience reduced by age limits, which is a choice the film-maker appealing to adults must make. The NC-17 rating, is the worst rating used as a weapon against independent movies, never the studios' product. The MPAA is a business association backed by the seven major studios. Dick exposes how studios get preferential treatment and how the MPAA views sex and violence.

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Motion Picture Association of America rates films, revealing the organization's underhanded efforts to control culture. Only the CIA and the MPAA is secret.
The MPAA is a Secret Cartel and a Licensing System ruled by America's movie censors who were named in the film. In 1952 did the Court finally recognize that movie censorship violated the First Amendment, in Joseph Burstyn Inc. v. Wilson.)

Martin Garbus, Esq. First Amendment Attorney and Filmmakers Representative at Appeals, says that he'd actually rather have a government movie rating system than that of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA).

Martin Garbus, Esq. explains there are No Rules, No Guidelines, No Questions allowed. See MPAA-v-2600

The Supreme Court last addressed a type of government movie rating system, in 1987 and upheld it.

The 1987 case that upheld a government movie ratings system was Meese v. Keene, and the Court's split was 5-3 (with Justice Scalia taking no part in the case). Justice John Paul Stevens - usually more liberal than this decision indicates - not only joined the majority, he wrote on its behalf.

2011 A. ROBERT PISANO President and Interim Chief Executive Officer also represents the views of The Directors Guild of America, Inc. (“DGA”), the Independent Film & Television Alliance (“IFTA”), the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (“IATSE”), and the National Association of Theatre Owners (“NATO”), as well as the MPAA and its member companies, Paramount Pictures Corporation, Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc., Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, Universal City Studios LLLP, Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc., which represent perspectives from all corners of the motion picture industry.
Gamble on Films - Market Manipulation
The proposed contracts, which are sponsored by Media Derivatives, Inc. (“MDEX”) and The Cantor Futures Exchange L.P. (“Cantor”), serve no public interest and, to the contrary, can significantly harm the motion picture industry and impose new, substantial costs that do not exist today. A Cantor affiliate currently operates a website known as The Hollywood Exchange that lets users of the site engage in make-believe, non-monetary bets on the success of particular mo-tion pictures. The request for CFTC approval of the proposed futures contracts is a transparent device to convert such make-believe, online betting into a for-profit wagering service, thereby circumventing the criminal proscriptions of the federal Wire Act.
The CEA, however, does not authorize the CFTC to license gambling contracts that fail to serve the public interests required for every lawful futures contract. And, in light of the exist-ing significant strains on the CFTC's scarce resources in regulating legitimate futures and deriva-tives markets, those resources should not be diverted now to policing gambling on motion pic-ture box office numbers.

Jack Valenza ran the MPAA but retired, now Dan Glickman runs this Cartel in 2011.

Valenza worked in the white house and then became it's lobbyiest for the film industry who has been censoring films since the Talkies.

Why Be Good: Sexuality and censorship go hand in hand.
How sexuality brought forth the Hays Code and then the Production Code, as well as others, who tried to act for everyone by pushing their morals. The documentary covers shorts from as early as the 1890s all the way up to the Hays Code being put into place.

Violence Sells and they target their best customer demographic [ 17 year old boys ] which is the most at risk demographic in society.

Violence is just fine. Sex is not.
Movies that show violence in context of war must be approved by the military board who glamorize violence guns, guts, blood and death and whose movies are mostly seen by their target demographic - at risk kids - who are hurt most by the film content and are the easiest to be brainwashed by watching it.


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Media Literacy as a Violence-Prevention Strategy:
A Pilot Evaluation Theresa Webb, PhDSouthern California Injury Prevention Research Center, UCLA School of Public Health at Los Angeles, California, twebb{at}

  • A Guidebook to Strategy Evaluation - Evaluating Your City's Approach to Community Safety and Youth Violence Prevention, Southern California Injury Prevention Research Center (SCIPRC), UCLA School of Public Health.
  • UCLA researchers show PG-13 films have been proven unsafe for children.
    In a study done by Theresa Webb and other researchers at the Southern California Injury Prevention Research Center at UCLA's School of Public Health, it was found that in a review of 77 movies, there were 2,251 violent acts combined. The reasoning is the type of violence depicted in the films. PG-13 films depict "safe" violent acts, which generally do not show harm or consequences for harmful actions or death.
    With homicide being the second leading cause of death among those aged 15 to 24 years, it is obvious that violence is commonplace among youth. Movies and media that depict violent acts are helping to teach these acts to children whether it is intentional or not. Exposure to these acts is causing children to have "increased aggression, fear for their own safety, and a desensitization to the pain and suffering of others."

Jack Valenza hired Joan Graves
who then hires
everyone else.

The lie is that there is a voting process. Everyone votes but the truth is Jack controls the rating as he likes. The raters can overturn Jack's rating during the appeal process but that process will not stop the "chairman" from giving the rating no matter what the vote.

The Militiary, The Church, The Movie Theatre Distributors, and Media Corporations are complicit in the cartel and keeping the process secret.
The Military and the Studio's have colluded for 50 years. The Pentagon gets a copy and sends it to Admirals and Generals to see if they agree with the film.


In 1983, fifty corporations dominated most of every mass medium. This chart reveals only a small fraction of the media outlets that these six behemoths actually own. There are only 2 or 3 corporations that control all the information in the country, who own all the ways to access to our culture. These corporations spend money on lobbyiests and politicians campaign funds to make sure they protect their cartel position.



Joan Graves hired 8 raters:

  • Anthony "Tony" Hey - 61 - separated - age of children: 16, 28, 30
  • Barry Freeman - 45 - married - elementary school aged children
  • Arlene Bates - 44 - married - age of children: 15 and 23
  • Matt Ioakimedes - 46 - divorced - age of children: 17 and 20 (had served as a rater for 9 years as of 2005)
  • Joan Worden - 56 - married - age of children: 18 (twins)
  • Scott Young - 51 - married - age of children: 22 and 24 (next-door neighbor of Mrs. Bates)
  • Joann Yatabe - 61 - married - age of children: 22 and 25
  • Howard Friedkin - 47 - divorced - no children (aspiring screenwriter)
  • Kori Jones - deceased

The Appeals Board
is Secret.

The "Appeals" Process involves the following:

Appeals Board

  • Richard Heffner Former Rating Board Chairman [P] 212-224-1368 from 1974 to 1994 he served as Chairman of the Board and Administrator of the motion picture industry's voluntary film classification and rating system. He explains that there are No Experts Hired as Raters because experts would provide the real information as to the damage done to adolescents at risk and interfere with making money.

Moral Censors Always There - The Catholic Church and the Episcopalian Church

  • James Wall, United Methodist Church minister representative, National Council of Churches
    Jim Wall (left), former editor of the Christian Century, who serves as "our man in Hollywood" on the Motion Picture Ratings Review Board.
    National Council of Churches Lobby

  • Harry Forbes, representative, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
    2011 Vatican warned Irish bishops not to report abuse 1997 letter from the Vatican, obtained by Irish broadcasters RTE shows a1997 letter from the Vatican warned Ireland's Catholic bishops not to report all suspected child-abuse cases to police — a disclosure that victims' groups described as "the smoking gun" needed to show that the church enforced a worldwide culture of covering up crimes by pedophile priests. The newly revealed letter, obtained by Irish broadcasters RTE and provided to The Associated Press, documents the Vatican's rejection of a 1996 Irish church initiative to begin helping police identify pedophile priests following Ireland's first wave of publicly disclosed lawsuits.

"Confession: A Roman Catholic App" $1.99, is not a replacement for confessing in person with a priest, but instead helps to keep track of all the evil things you have done since the last time you confessed by ticking off some of the most common failings. Pedophiles like Deviants Priests get the opportunity to add their own, bespoke, sins as they go.

Catholic Church's "Confession App" Meets Film/TV Sci-Fi!


"Computerized Religion" Pope Benedict said that Catholics should make "good use of their presence in the digital world." First to mind is the potential law enforcement bonanza whenever searching for Catholic criminals, especially in states like California where the California Supreme Court has recently granted authorities access to smartphones and other devices' contents without even needing a search warrant. Brief clips displaying views of how the future of religion might transpire. First, let's observe a scene from George Lucas' "THX 1138" (1971).


According to the investigation done within the film, the following people (as of 2006) have been named as members of the MPAA appeals board:

* Matt Brandt, President, Trans-Lux Theaters
* Pete Cole, film buyer, The Movie Experience
* Bruce Corwin, chairman and CEO, Metropolitan Theatres
* Alan Davy, film buyer, Regal Entertainment
* Mike Doban, president, Archangelo Entertainment
* Steve Gilula, CEO, Fox Searchlight Pictures
* Frank Haffar, COO, Maya Cinemas
* John Lodigian, vice president of sales, Sony Pictures
* Michael McClellan, vice president and film buyer, Landmark Theatres
* Milton Moritz, CA/NV chapter president, North American Theatre Owners
* Len Westenberg, VP of operations, west coast division, Loews Cineplex Theatres
* Jonathan Wolf, director, American Film Market

Insurance for documentary
'fair use' Coverage

to enable
free use of
film clips

Kirby Dick's provocative documentary use of film clips to make his points in 'This Film Is Not Yet Rated' has intrigued others and helped spawn an insurance policy.

"Documentary films are an important source of education, commentary and criticism," said Leib Dodell, prexy of Kansas City-based Media/Professional Insurance. "Rigidly requiring licenses or releases in all cases does not give filmmakers the flexibility to take advantage of 'fair use' in appropriate situations. This initiative makes 'fair use' work in the real world of independent filmmakers."
Media/Professional, the nation's largest provider of media liability insurance, developed the new coverage in partnership with the Stanford Law School Fair Use Project and several local intellectual property attorneys including Michael Donaldson, general counsel for Film Independent and the Intl. Documentary Assn. The additional coverage would probably range from several hundred to several thousand dollars, execs said Thursday at a media briefing.
Donaldson said at the event that there are two key questions for filmmakers wanting to employ "fair use": Is the material needed to tell the story, and did the filmmaker use only what was needed. He also admitted he was somewhat surprised that no studio's threatened to sue over Dick's employing "fair use" for the clips on "Not Yet Rated."



2013 The Harvard Film Archive's records are now searchable through HOLLIS (Harvard OnLine Library Information System). This covers over 23,000 films and videotapes, while the previous number of catalogued records was only a fraction of that.

2012 Straddling academia and the art house, Mr. Castaing-Taylor and his associates and students at the Sensory Ethnography Lab at Harvard have been responsible for some of the most daring and significant documentaries of recent years, works that — not incidentally — challenge the conventions of both ethnographic film and documentary in general. The founder of Harvard's Film Study Center (which Mr. Castaing-Taylor now directs), the best films to have emerged from the lab are potent reminders that documentary and art are not mutually incompatible. As Mr. Castaing-Taylor put it: “What does it mean to try to produce an artwork after months of doing field work and when you get really close to people? What kind of art can be generated by that?” The answers are as striking as they are varied.

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Internet Movie Database
A remarkably comprehensive searchable movie database online,this is the place to find information about feature films, and TV films. The site also includes feature articles, games and contests, a
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offering full-length movies delivered over the Internet, and for the most part free.

Film Sound Design and Theory
This in an excellent collection of resources and links for anyone interested in film sound. Here one can find excellent articles, demonstrations, bibliographies, and weblinks.

The Art and Analysis of Film Design

Early Cinema
An introduction to the first decade of cinema "This site focuses on the early pioneers of this new art form and the prehistory of cinema, with experiments carried out by Eadweard Muybridge and Etienne Marey. In addition, you can also find out about the technology which helped shape film history with many standards and processes which are still in use today." Timeline; pioneers of the technology; essays; resources; and more...