FFF 2012 Teenager Perspective on the Dangers of the Upcoming Florida Film Festival

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[Editor’s Note:  I could not be prouder of Number One Daughter. She is completing her Junior year at Osceola School for the Arts where she is majoring in Creative Writing. Her goal is to one day be a professional writer, fiction and/or screenplay artist. I’ve seen her work. I know she’ll succeed! Today we’re very proud to introduce her as our newest correspondent. With that, she has decided to modify her nom de plume to become a mix of her artistic pseudonym, Ember, along with how she’s been known to fans of LanceAroundOrlando since our inception–Number One Daughter. From now on she will be known as NumberOneEmber!  She attended the FFF Sneak Preview with SunnyStefani and myself. As someone who has attended the FFF since she was thirteen, today she gives an unexpected teenage view on the “dangers” of attending the FFF. I hope you find this teenage perspective as thoughtful and eye opening as I did–LanceAround]

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I’m going to try to maintain an optimistic outlook on this year’s FFF as only an angsty teenager can, espcially since I enjoyed last years FFF so much. This means I’m obviously not going to complain about how sexually explicit some of this year’s entries look or how not even half of them look appropriate for someone my age. I’ll simply keep hoping that intriguing documentaries like First Position and thrillers like Stuck are just as amazing as many of the clean films I saw last year.

I’ve always looked forward to Short Films in the past because I found them easy to follow, quick and to the point. However, I’ve always wondered why the FFF doesn’t ask the filmmakers to put ratings or extreme content warnings before their film plays. Two years ago, I was watching Foreign Shorts with my parents and a friend. We were somewhere around the 3rd or 4th short and, so far, they were all very entertaining. Suddenly, one starts playing that is so sexually explicit that my mother has to remove my friend and I from the theatre to shield our innocent 15 year old eyes and ears. It completely ruined the experience of the FFF shorts to the point where I’m discouraged from returning to them this year.

As much as I appreciate the artwork of young film makers, I would much rather they place a small warning before the videos about its content. That way, I won’t be caught off guard again and can make sure the film I’m watching is appropriate for my age. I’ll attend the FFF this year, but I’ll choose a seat close to the exit.  Also, other parents in the audience can know if their child should be watching the next film. Until that happens, this year I’ll stick to First Position; which is a documentary about ballet dancers and NOT an explicit animation of someone’s wife cheating on her husband while he’s at work (like one of the short films I saw two years ago.)

Let’s keep it positive and clean for the kiddies like me, folks.  🙂

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