Two Animated Shorts Censored by iTunes at Sundance Online - IMPORTANT UPDATES!
Friday February 01st 2008, 3:18 am
Filed under: Festivals

New developments in this controversial situation are in the bold brackets below:

Teat Beat of Sex, Signe Bauman’s widely acclaimed take on sex exclusively from a woman’s point of view, and Because Washington is Hollywood for Ugly People, directed by Kenneth Ti and Kin Hung have been censored by iTunes from their Sundance Film Festival on-line shorts program. [NOTE: This is still true, but Sundance is in discussion with iTunes to try to change this situation]

Both animated films were screened at Sundance 2008 where they were invited to be part of Sundance Online which is a great opportunity for short filmmakers to get their films out to audiences and make a little money. In the middle of the festival the filmmakers were notified that their films would not be part of the package deal because i Tunes found Teat Beat of Sex too explicit and Because Washington is Hollywood for Ugly People is too political (read too anti-Bush).

Teat Beat of Sex
Teat Beat of Sex

Sundance Film Festival has expressed that they are very upset about the censorship, but that there is nothing that they can do. This was initially a package deal with iTunes, Netflix and Xbox but the two films cannot be downloaded from any of the three services. [NOTE: It turns out that the two films were not online earlier with Netflix and Xbox due to technical glitches and not due to any censorship issues(?)]

I intend to let Apple/iTunes know how I feel about this kind of censorship. You can also contact them with your feedback at http://www.apple.com/contact/feedback.html [Sundance has written Signe to tell her that in their opinion, it is “harming” their relations with iTunes and their ability to get them to change their position]

Here are the links to Sundance Online to view the short films (now with the two animation shorts on Netflix and Xbox):http://www.netflix.com/sundance , http://www.itunes.com/sundance , http://www.xbox.com/sundance



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