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This Film Is Not Yet Rated

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Please Note: We will release reserved seats 10 minutes before all programs begin if registered attendees have not yet arrived.

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This Film Is Not Yet Rated, a breakthrough film from Oscar-nominated director Kirby Dick (Twist of Faith), is an unprecedented investigation into the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) film ratings system and its profound impact on American culture.

Please note: this film is rated NC-17 for some graphic sexual content. Attendees need to be prepared to show valid ID which provesthey 17 years old or over.

Come to this Chicago premiere and find out what you are NOT seeing at the movies. Kirby Dick will visit the Public Square for questions and answers with the audience directly following the 7:00 P.M. showing of the film.

The MPAA, a lobbying organization for the movie industry, maintains a ratings system first implemented in 1968 by longtime president Jack Valenti. This system, with its age based content classification using letter grades G, PG, PG-13, R, and NC-17 (formerly X), has become a cultural icon. But behind its simple façade is a censoring process kept entirely secret. Board members are anonymous; deliberations are private; standards are seemingly arbitrary. As a result, the trade organization for the largest media corporations in America also keeps a trademarked lock on content regulation over our most unique and popular art form.

This Film Is Not Yet Rated asks whether Hollywood movies and independent films are rated equally for comparable content; whether sexual content in gay-themed movies are given harsher ratings penalties than their heterosexual counterparts; whether it makes sense that extreme violence is given an R rating while sexuality is banished to the cutting room floor; and finally, whether keeping the raters and the rating process secret leave the MPAA entirely unaccountable for its decisions.

Filmmakers who speak candidly in the film include John Waters (A Dirty Shame), Kevin Smith (Clerks), Matt Stone (South Park), Kimberly Peirce (Boys Don’t Cry), Atom Egoyan (Where the Truth Lies), Darren Aronofsky (Requiem for a Dream), Mary Harron (American Psycho), actress Maria Bello (The Cooler) and distributor Bingham Ray (co-founder, October Films and former President, United Artists).


IFC Films is a leading theatrical film distribution company bringing the best of independent and specialized films to theaters. IFC Films releases approximately 10 films per year, building its slate of titles from an aggressive acquisitions program and selected in-house productions. IFC Films is part of IFC Entertainment, which also consists of IFC Productions, InDigEnt (a digital production arm) the new IFC Center in Greenwich Village, and the day and date label, IFC First Take.

Upcoming 2006 IFC films include Patrick Creadon’s Wordplay, Lou Pepe and Keith Fulton’s Brothers of the Head, Bent Hamer’s Factotum and Adrien Shergold’s Pierrepoint and Susanne Bier’s After the Wedding. IFC Films executive produced Night Listener with Hart Sharp.

For more information, call 312.422.5580.