Re: student work and lab regs

From: DOMINIC ANGERAME (email suppressed)
Date: Mon Apr 19 2010 - 13:28:25 PDT

I have also run into this problem with one of my students. The former Forde Lab in Seattle refused to print anything with frontal male nudity. They printed one of my films that has female nudity and never said anything. Yale lab in LA (not sure they are still there) used to do the same thing. I guess it is within the lab's right to print or not to print what they see fit. Best to just go somewhere else, because you know will probably do a poor job on the work.

So this is not so uncommon.

Dominic Angerame

--- On Fri, 4/16/10, Joan Hawkins <email suppressed> wrote:

From: Joan Hawkins <email suppressed>
Subject: student work and lab regs
To: email suppressed
Date: Friday, April 16, 2010, 9:28 AM

HI all, I've run into a problem this term and I guess I'm wondering how common it is, and how you handle it.
I teach film history and criticism courses, but in my avant-garde classes I always allow students to do a film as part of their final project. In the past, I've never had any problem, even whencontent as well as style was provocative and edgy. This semester one of my students, who is also enrolled in advanced production, sent footage--enough for two class films' worth of shots-- to a lab for processing and printing.  The lab processed the film but refused to print it because they found the material objectionable.  

As a caveat, I haven't SEEN the film yet, so I don't know what the footage actually looks like, but the description I got from boththe student and my colleague make it sound like stuff you could see any night on cable.  Thanks for any suggestions you can send. Joan
The published lab caveat is as follows: 
We realize that the artist has full and total choice of expression. However, we reserve the right to refuse service to anyone. As a policy, we do not and will not process, print, repair, or transfer any film containing: nudity, pornography, sexual acts (either real or simulated), lewdness, satanic, occultic, religiously blasphemous, exploitative of children, debasement of women, containing S & M, anything illegal, or in any way extremely offensive to us. Nor will we participate in the desensitization of or the glorification of killing, rape, violence, gore, suicide, torture, profanity, etc. whether in visual or audio form. "

Joan Hawkins
Indiana University
Dept of Communication and Culture
800 E. Third St
Bloomington, IN 47405
office phone 812-855-1548
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