Article in Fort Collins Now

Hey everyone! We just got a nice big write-up in Fort Collins Now! Look for it in the upcoming issue, or check it out online now! You know what would be a good way to help us promote without needing to do any real work? Click the “recommend” link at the top of the article.

Overall I’m very pleased by the article, although I’m not sure why they chose that picture instead of one of our crew shots. I guess when you give a media outlet free reign over a comprehensive electronic press kit with lots of photos, you have to be prepared for them to make… interesting choices when it comes to selecting photos to print.

But yeah, this was a fun interview and I’m thrilled at the coverage, and I don’t think either Ethan or I said anything too boneheaded, although there are those remarks about TriMedia:

“We made an executive decision that the TriMedia Film Festival should only have films with at most a PG-13 rating,” festival director Carol Van Natta said. “We are community-based and we have gotten feedback that members of the community and our sponsors—we are a nonprofit—would rather not be associated with something that is too graphic.”

That’s a stance that Gingerich said is too limiting.

“I don’t want to burn any bridges here … (but) that means there is no way in hell that our movie, which is a fantastic movie, and I don’t think I’m being arrogant when I say that, would be shown. They won’t show it because we say the f-word and that’s bad because apparently (Fort Collins) can’t handle dangerous ideas,” Gingerich said. “It’s a real disappointment to me. I would love to show this at TriMedia, but their by-laws say it’s a no-no.”

First off, as the parentheses indicate, I didn’t actually say that Fort Collins can’t handle dangerous ideas, nor do I think that the word ‘fuck’ is necessarily a dangerous idea. I got caught in a web of hyperbole right there and couldn’t escape. I do, however, stand by my comments. I think that TriMedia is being short-sighted and has no doubt turned down many a fantastic film because of strong language or objectionable thematic elements.

There are a lot of bad movies out there that put in lots of sex and violence in hopes of concealing the fact that the acting, writing, directing and production quality are all crap. I’ve even worked on a couple of those. But the difference is that those are bad movies. Call me old-fashioned, but I’d rather have my films judged by their merits rather than by how many times the protagonist drops an f-bomb, and I think that the entire concept of “family-friendly” entertainment is overly puritanical and, if nothing else, dangerously pedantic.

I bring this up because I really believe in TriMedia and can’t be thankful enough for the attention it’s brought to the film community in Northern Colorado, and it really is a disappointment to me that we can’t show 16 Heads there.

Gratuitous anything in movies is a bad thing, but none of the violence or strong language in this movie is gratuitous. My policy when including a swear word or shot of violence, is to evaluate the entire scene as it stands in relation to the film, ask myself “What does this mean?” and “Why is this necessary?” and only if I can give good responses to both those questions does the element in question even make it into the shooting script. Then the process is repeated when the scene is actually shot, and again during editing. There’s plenty more blood and swearing from 16 Heads that you won’t be seeing in the final cut because it didn’t serve the best interests of the film.

Anyway, time to climb down off my bully pulpit and get back to After Effects.

2 thoughts on “Article in Fort Collins Now

  1. I’d have to agree that I don’t see why they used that picture. Granted it’s a nice picture, but it doesn’t say much about the movie. Meh. Also, nice article. You two sound very nice and professional (and thanks for the Ministry of Playwrighting plug in the sound interview).

  2. I could rant for days about how mutually exclusive film ratings are with morality, artistic merit, and any number of other things. I could also rant on ‘appropriate vs gratuitous’ sex, violence, blood, etc. But it would probably just get us all riled up. It’s just unfortunate that Carol and Tri Media have created a little suite of bureaucratic policies that will ultimately paint them into a corner. Still, the old adage holds that any publicity is good publicity.

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