["We've been using violence as a storytelling device for decades but
we've only just begun to use sex that way instead of as simply something to
shock."]It should also be remembered that these are low budget
films. Sex is cheaper to put in a film than violence. Because of this, films at
Sundance have often dealt with sexually explicit themes, the main difference
this year is there are more with big names attached.
Sundance does not reflect the values of the Utah community. Indeed, it seems to
go out of its way to denigrate and belittle Utah values.Sundance
truly has become little more than a venue for promoting unrestrained, wanton
sexuality. In fact, a majority of its movies this year portrayed sex as a purely
recreational activity, with no consequences whatsoever. These movies even go so
far as to advocate the participation in sex with any person at any time, as long
as it provides instant gratification.The time has come for Utah to
end its relationship with Sundance once and for all. Not onemore cent of tapayer
money must go to support this festival of filth.
Utah shouldn't be funding porndance. There should be other venues for
airing adult-content movies, and all these sex-shocker movies should be put
there, because they really destroy the artistry of the festival.
JCS: "In fact, a majority of its movies this year portrayed sex as a purely
recreational activity, with no consequences whatsoever."The
Sundance program guide lists about 117 full length films plus another 50-plus
shorts. By your reckoning, there are at least 60 features ("a
majority") meeting your criteria. Please list the titles of any twenty of
them so we can tell that you are not just making "facts" up out of whole
cloth. Be sure to specify how the participants escaped any consequences (in the
films I saw, there WERE consequences, often severe-- try being murdered for
being gay in the documentary "God Loves Uganda"). Extra points if your
assessment of content is based on firsthand observation of the films.As today's DesNews op-ed on the gun control debate noted, discussion of
important these days is often clouded by casual use of statistics and anecdotes
passing as evidence. Let's maintain a high level of commentary here and be
able to back up our "factual" claims with actual facts. Be ready to
cite your sources and substantiate your claims.