By Rosemary Pollock
New Provo School Video Policy Puts Entrepreneur's Business At Risk
PROVO, UTAH -- Provo High School alumnus Ryan Clark may be out of the movie
business after the school board decided to ban R-rated films on campus.
Family Flicks, Clarke's brainchild, shows edited versions of hit screen
movies. Violence profanity and nudity are removed. It seemed like a good
idea until last week when the Provo School Board approved a video policy
that prohibits showing any clip from an R-rated movie, edited or not. Clark
had been renting school space to show the films.
The new policy requires teachers to notify parents five days in advance if
they are planning on showing a PG or PG-13 rated film in class. "As I read
and understand this policy, it shouldn't have anything to do with me," Clark
said. Most members of the school board agree that the new policy doesn't
have anything to do with Family Flicks because the films are not shown
during school hours.
Assistant Distric Superintendent, Patti Harrington, told two school
principals that Clark should not show his edited movies at their schools.
Clark insists that these implications have cost him a weekend's worth of
screenings. "I was out $700," Clark said.
The board is currently checking with an attorney to see if the new policy
covers Family Flicks. Clark has been showing films such as "The Green
Mile," "The Patriot" and "The Matrix" for the past six months. He charges
$5 admission and gives a $1 discount with a student ID.
Clark shows films that are edited by the movie companies. These are the
same films that are edited for television and airlines. Part of the
business deal is that Clark cannot advertise the screenings. Speaking of
his business Clark says, "It is small, but it's growing." "I just hope it
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