BANNED IN OKLAHOMA, a documentary film covering the TIN
DRUM controversy, will be screened at the Oklahoma City Museum
of Art on June 12 2004 as the featured film of the Dead Center
Film Festival. Filmed over a seven year period, BANNED IN OKLAHOMA covers
each stage in the myriad of moral and legal battles involving the 1979 German
film THE TIN DRUM. Along with the major litigants, BANNED features such
notables as Gerry Spence and Anita Hill.
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The film’s writer/director, Gary D. Rhodes, will
appear in person at the screening.
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A thirty-minute version of BANNED IN OKLAHOMA is included as a Special
Feature on the new DVD release of the Tin Drum from the prestigious
Criterion Collection (available May 17 2004). The version to be
screened will be an extended edit.
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Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News "[...]
in 1996, an Oklahoma district judge decided The Tin Drum
was child pornography, and Oklahoma city police seized videotapes from
store shelves and residents' homes. The 'Twilight Zone' of what happened
next is chronicled in the excellent 30-minute documentary Banned
in Oklahoma, the best special feature in Criterion's
loaded two-disc "Drum" set. This is a rare case when you
might want to dip into the second disc before watching the main attraction.
Gary D. Rhodes' Banned in Oklahoma is up to
tackling the rich irony of banning a German film about book-burning
Nazis, an irony lost on the decency guardians of Oklahoma Children and
Families, which spearheaded the effort to purge The Tin
Drum from libraries, stores, and homes. More impressive
still, the documentary refuses to make the censors look like straw-man
Oklahoma City Gazette Cover Story, June 9 2004
The Tin Drum Revisited:
'Banned in Oklahoma,' screening at the 2004 deadCenter Film Festival,
tells story of how a rented copy of 'The Tin Drum' made headlines.
By Doug Bentin.
STILLS FROM FILM
||Col Bob Anderson of Oklahomans for Children and Families (OCAF) who
led the march against the film.
|Press conference of Michael Camfield after losing his fourth amendment
illegal search and seizure case against the three police officers who
confiscated the tape from him. To the right is his lead counsel, Michael
||Camfield at the Statue of Liberty, 2001.
|Camfield in front of his apartment in the spot where the three police
officers appeared on June 25, 1997 to confiscate his rented copy of
||Camfield in 1999 holding a copy of the TIN DRUM video shortly after
it became legal again.
|Stacks of TIN DRUM VHS copies in the New York City warehouse of Kino
Video, the distributor of the film, whose sales skyrocketed after the
||David Bennent as Oskar screaming in a famous moment from the 1979
|David Bennent as Oskar with his ever-present tin drum.