An experiment testing the power of social media to explore and influence corporate content rating systems.
BRETT AND MELANIE: BOI MEETS GIRL is the seventh in an ongoing series of films from award-winning director Tony Comstock. All footage has been shot and the unrated director's cut of the film has been completed.
The Boi Meets Girl Meets the MPAA project will submit BRETT AND MELANIE to the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA.org) and on the basis of the MPAA's feedback, we will produce a multi-angle DVD showing the exact difference between the Unrated, NC-17, R and PG-13 rated version of the film.
Monies raised will go to covering MPAA submission fees, re-editing costs, and DVD authoring.
Videos of each rating version of the film will also be uploaded to popular video sharing sites, such as YouTube, Vimeo, Daily Motion, etc to see how various MPAA-rated versions are treated by the vagaries of Community Guidelines is TOS agreements.
Project backers will be asked to undertake Social Action Initiatives to register their support for the film in various social media platforms.
We're undertaking this project because kerfuffles over ratings generate a lot of anger and publicity, but they don't seem to leave anyone any better informed about the rating process, and we'd like to change that.
By taking BRETT AND MELANIE through the MPAA process, we'll be able show just what sort of alterations were required to achieve various ratings. And once we have those ratings in hand, we can test the MPAA's content rating system and level of transparency against places like YouTube and Facebook.
For more information about my background in this work, I'd like to invite you to read my article at The Atlantic, "How the X-rating came to mean porn and the death of moving making for grownups."
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
pledged of $8,500 goal
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Funding Unsuccessful This project reached the deadline without achieving its funding goal on May 9, 2011.
Mar 9, 2011 - May 9, 2011 (60 days)
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WE'RE JUST FRIENDS level backers will receive an onscreen acknowledgement in the credits of a special MPAA-rated edition BRETT AND MELANIE: BOI MEETS GIRL
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RELAX, IT'S ONLY LUNCH level backers will receive the above, plus a Video iPod compatible digital download of BRETT AND MELANIE: BOI MEETS GIRL
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DINNER AND A MOVIE level backers will receive of the above, plus an invitation to a special screening of BRETT AND MELANIE: BOI MEETS GIRL in New York City
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LET'S SPEND THE NIGHT TOGETHER level backers will receive all of the above, plus DVD copy of BRETT AND MELANIE: BOI MEETS GIRL, signed by filmmakers Tony and Peggy Comstock
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LET'S GO STEADY level backers will receive all of the above, plus a personalized on screen thank you from Tony and Peggy Comstock in the theatrical and DVD release of the MPAA rating edition of BRETT AND MELANIE: BOI MEETS GIRL
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SLAVE TO LOVE level backers will receive all of the above, plus a complete Comstock Films DVD library – our six previous films, plus an autographed copy of BRETT AND MELANIE: BOI MEETS GIRL