2015 Schedule
Interactive: March 13–17  •  Film: March 13–21  •  Music: March 17–22

Can A Film Be Banned In the US?

Sunday, March 15
1:10PM - 1:25PM

Austin Convention Center
Room 15
Austin Convention Center

Most people assume that freedom of speech rules in the US, but if government censorship doesn’t exist in America, corporate censorship very much does: Hollywood has long censored itself to avoid government intervention but cinema chains often take that a step further by not wanting to exhibit certain kinds of movies – usually films made exclusively for adults, with an NC-17 rating. The move by theatre chains to get teenage dollars has incentivized Hollywood to shun making movies for grown-ups, as BBC Culture deputy editor Christian Blauvelt will explain in a presentation that questions whether a free market can lead to free expression.


Christian Blauvelt

Deputy Editor/Culture


Christian Blauvelt is Deputy Editor-Culture of BBC.com in New York. He commissions and edits stories related to film, TV, music, art and books, helps to manage a team of writers, and makes frequent...

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