I got an email today from Steven Pilling who has carried the torch and on more than one occasion scorched the tail of the dog that exploited children and crew of the Dakota Fanning rape movie titled Hounddog. Pilling told me that Hounddog will not be released in theaters next week as planned. In fact he said, Over the past several months, I've been engaged in a running and occasionally heated email debate with Eric Parkinson, the head of Empire Film Group's distribution branch and the promoter of the "Hounddog" movie. This Friday, he sent me a message that was both unexpected and immensely satisfying. It seems that the theater chains slated to screen the movie on September19th have now declined to do so. Parkinson seems to credit me (incorrectly!) as a prime mover behind a threatened boycott which, apparently, caused this event. He DID specifically mention Paul Petersen, Dr. Ted Baehr and Concerned Women for America.
Hounddog was filmed in Wilmington, NC and because of that the movie makers received close to $400,000 in government incentives. (our money) I had many friends and associates working on the film as crew. Initially, right off the bat, the script came my way due to the sexual theme and subject matter which featured children in sexual scenarios, children including the minuscule prodigy Dakota Fanning who portrays a 9 year old girl who does a strip show for an adult in order to obtain tickets to see an Elvis Pressley concert. Fanning's character gets raped as she is called a "nigger lover" for having a black man as a friend and confidant.
We learned a couple of people we knew walked off the set during the rape scene due to it's disturbing graphic nature. We reported to the authorities what we believed to be the sexual exploitation of a minor because of that scene and another in which Dakota and a 10 year old named Cody Handford basically make out in a scene in which was supposedly so explicit in nature that the company had to reshoot it.
I spoke with one of the producers who was more upset that segments of the script were on our website than what we had to say about the story line.
In fact very little was said by any of the backers of the film until a rough cut was provided months after the camera wrapped, months after the initial report to authorities and just weeks before Sundance Film Festival.
The authorities found nothing criminal in the rough cut, and after viewing the rough cut, speaking with those with a financial interest in the success of the film by phone and perhaps examining the can of worms these allegations contained, deemed the film not only street legal but could be used in a therapeutic nature to "heal" the wounds caused by child sex abuse.
The hubbub garnered international attention. Those who saw this as an artistic expression free from the constraints of the law applauded the film while those child advocates who viewed this film as a foot in the door to use and abuse children in ways similar to the use and abuse of barely legal teens in Girls Gone Wild videos fought it tooth and toe-nail.
Empire Film Group's Arkansas based distribution company Hannover House deals mostly with Walmart and it looks like the DVD version will soon hit the shelves of the global discount store.
There will be no press junket in support of this film, no $5,000,000 advertising campaign, no embarrassing moments of trenchcoat wearing men hanging out on back rows of darkened theaters. No, there will be little excitement or fanfare, just the occasional Tween and Tweenophile searching the marked down bin for a movie of 9 year old girl abused by everyone in her life except those who cherish "devil music."
The rape scene may have been some of Dakota's finest work, as Dakota's agent proclaimed, but America will not be treated to what those on set witnessed being portrayed and what Dakota's mother and agent proudly said was perhaps a performance worthy of an Oscar . A little prepubescent 5 foot nothing girl being humiliated, sadistically berated and of course humped and bumped by a sexually charged 6'4 adult male. Nope America will be spared thanks to work done by Steven Pilliing, Paul Petersen, Dr. Ted Baehr , the Concerned Women for America and so many others who advocate for children all over the Country.
Well, spared that is as long as there is no director's cut to be released.
If a film is not distributed in the theaters, there is no requirement to give the movie an official rating. That means the DVD could be packaged in such a way to give those trenchcoat wearing perverts their money's worth. And to think mothers buying a copy of it because after all, the district attorney said it was okay, and it stars sweet little Dakota Fanning. To think the movie, had it been released in a theater, would have been rated R because of it's subject matter and graphic violence.
The fight is not over to do away with this film, but does look as if the good guys are ahead in points.
Keep up the good work!