Acclaimed Documentary About the Porn Industry to be Offered Free to College Campuses in Response to Maryland Controversy

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Dr. Chyng Sun
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Acclaimed Documentary About the Porn Industry to be Offered Free to College Campuses in Response to Maryland Controversy

WASHINGTON - The
way filmmakers Chyng Sun and Miguel Picker see it, the cure for bad
speech is more speech. That's exactly why they've come up with a plan
to get their hard-hitting documentary film about the porn industry
screened on as many college campuses as possible.

In response
to the national controversy surrounding the screening of a hardcore
porn film at the University of Maryland this week, Sun and Picker have
cut a deal with their distributor to do exactly what Digital
Playground, the makers of the porn film in question, are doing with
their film: make it available at no charge to any campus that wants to
show it.

"This is a great opportunity for this film to reach a wider audience,"
Sun, a professor of media at New York University, said of her
documentary, The Price of Pleasure.
"Especially given that male college students were our target audience
going in. We did numerous focus groups to find the right tone and
approach to speak to them."

The Media Education Foundation (MEF), one of the nation's leading
distributors of educational films on media and social and cultural
issues, has announced that it will send a free copy of Sun and Picker's
devastating expose of the porn industry to faculty and students who are
willing to screen the documentary on their campus.

MEF is asking those interested in setting up a screening of The Price of Pleasure to visit http://www.mediaed.org/wp/price-of-pleasure-press. Once there, they can watch a trailer and request a free copy of the film, on three-week loan.

"The reason we're making this film available to screen for free is
simple," said MEF Executive Director Sut Jhally. "What's needed on this
issue is more discussion, not less, and this film is a perfect vehicle
for achieving this. If faculty and students who supported the decision
to show the porn film at the University of Maryland are serious about
their defense of free speech and open debate, they'll fight to make
sure this documentary is shown as well."

The firestorm at the University of Maryland ignited when students
decided this week to screen a $10 million-dollar, 2 1/2-hour hardcore
porn film called Pirates II: Stagnetti's Revenge,
which is being offered to campuses around the country for free by
Digital Playground as part of an innovative marketing strategy. When
state legislators tried to stop the screening, students on the College
Park campus fought back, claiming their free speech rights were being
threatened by overly moralistic politicians.

According to University of Texas journalism professor Robert Jensen, who is featured in The Price of Pleasure,
one of the central aims of the documentary is to move the debate about
pornography beyond precisely these kinds of predictable, and
distracting, arguments about morality and free speech.

"The film tries to move the discussion beyond a clash between a rigidly
moralistic position and the irresponsibly individualistic free-speech
response we hear so often whenever the issue of pornography comes up,"
Jensen said. "Instead of asking important questions about what a
relentlessly sexist and routinely racist pornography genre says about
our culture, conservatives try to assert control and liberals try to
assert independence. Complex questions about contemporary pornography
are too often derailed by a debate that never gets past First Amendment
arguments."

The Price of Pleasure
intervenes in this debate by taking a sustained and often disturbing
look at pornography itself, placing the voices of producers,
performers, industry critics, and anti-porn activists alongside candid
observations from men and women about the role pornography has played
in their lives.

Campus organizers who request a free copy
of the film will also be able to download a number of other resources,
including materials to help promote their screenings and a study guide designed to help viewers navigate the troubling issues the documentary explores.

More info on The Price of Pleasure | View a trailer

You may buy the dvd for your school's permanent collection if you prefer.
Free Study Guide also available!

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