Sundance 2006 feature "This Film is Not Yet Rated" will open September 1st in New York and Los Angeles via IFC Films, the company announced Monday afternoon. Directed by Oscar-nominated director Kirby Dick ("Twist of Faith"), the IFC Television production examines the Motion Picture Association of America's (MPAA) film ratings system and takes a look at its impact on American culture. IFC Films will release the movie unrated.
IFC Films plans to screen the film at the upcoming Los Angeles Film Festival (June 22 - July 2) featuring Dick's new cut of the movie. The film, according to IFC, "asks if Hollywood movies and independent films are rated equally for comparable content, and whether keeping the raters and the rating process secret leaves the MPAA entirely unaccountable for its decisions." Along with taking a look at some controversial ratings decisions, the film also spotlights the organization's efforts to protect copyright in the name of piracy, as well as exposes the identities of the ratings board members themselves. Among the filmmakers who appear in the film are John Waters, Kevin Smith, Matt Stone, Kimberly Pierce, Atom Egoyan, Darren Aronofsky, Mary Harron and distributor Bingham Ray (former UA chief).
IFC Films has always been a home to filmmakers who crave unedited expression and we stand behind our mission to provide that voice," commented Jonathan Sehring, president, IFC Entertainment in a statement. "Not only is this an important film, it is one that spoke to audiences and critics at this year's Sundance and we believe will find an audience nationwide." The IFC network plans to broadcast the film uncut at a future date.