79: Cleanflix & the Mormon Culture of Censorship

Clay, Amy and Nick talk to documentary filmmaker Andrew James about his 2009 documentary Cleanflix.  A hearty discussion about the movie, Mormon culture, sex & violence, and censorship unfolds.


Links and References


Censorship of the Carl Heinrich Bloch Painting
Censorship of the Poelman (general authority) Talk
Street Fighting Man


  1. Chuck

    Interesting. Thanks for your podcasts. Now I need to see the movie.

    Reply Sep 24, 2014 @ 09:29:40
  2. Matt

    great discussion – I remember the nude modeling debate well, my mom was one of the crazies pushing it. We lived in Springville and I think a similar thing was going on with a course affiliated with Gary Price’s studio and the Springville art museum. I think there might have been a controversial sculpture pulled out of city hall about the same time too. I was still a believer at the time but I remember feeling really embarrassed that my mom was an instigator of this.

    Reply Sep 25, 2014 @ 06:08:33
  3. William Law

    CLEAN FLIX is an authentic MORMON MOVIE
    As the Mormons say, “It’s alright to do it but don’t get caught.”
    Mormon Cinema, or Mormon Movies reach beyond their own reality to impinge upon the intellectual property and artistic integrity of all cinema for the sake of Mormon Decorum –– an acquired taste through fealty to willful ignorance.

    If Mormons want scrubbed cinema, their own film industry should deliver the punch of faith in Mormon Exceptionalism for the devout to enjoy.
    Andrew James and crew have done a smashing expose. What a film –– restores my faith in Mormon duplicity and willful bamboozlement;
    seems the Lord’s anointed will stoop as low as it takes to enforce an Imagined America on us all.
    Andrew I am impressed with your ability to wheedle your mic and camera into the psyche of group-think –– the duplicity of these delivery systems is gob-smackingly perverse.
    CLEAN FLIX is truly an authentic MORMON MOVIE
    Five Stars, Good on you Andrew. I “pray” your next film is as great.

    a great podcast good on you all.

    Reply Sep 25, 2014 @ 12:27:14
  4. mike

    there are fish women they live on the moon with quaker men, ask brigham.

    seriously i always thought it was stupid for people to wanted edited movies but agreed with there right to do it
    when cameron was suing over titanic he claimed they were tampering with a “work of art”. for the sake of argument i will give him that but once you take that “work of art” and mass produce it and mass market it, it is now a product. when people buy your product it is now their property and they can do with it as they please. if i buy a book of classical art and draw mustache on the mona lisa that is not vandalism. its my book
    i know the argument is they were having someone else do it for them but i dont see a difference. they are just adding a middleman to do something they dont have the equipment, know how, and/or time to do.
    there was a political cartoon at the time, i think in the city weekly, that showed the front and back of the store, in front the parents buying edited movies and in the back they were selling videos to kids with the sign saying ” the parts your parents dont want you to see”
    whatever did happen to all those film frames of boobies? someone check under the matress at the mtc

    Reply Sep 26, 2014 @ 00:53:11
    • Jason

      Agreed. I have an original work of art by a famous artist and I have every right to deface it any way I want whether or not it meets with the artist’s (sacred?) vision. I can’t see there being a law against modifying a work of art that you own. It’s your property. To stop people from doing that would be interfering with their free speech, a sort of censorship if you will.

      Reply Sep 27, 2014 @ 03:51:29
  5. Phil

    Loved this podcast! Great to hear Amy again. As a gay man, she gives me a real turn-on, almost transforming me into hetro! Whole panel excellent, and enjoyed watching the film, which I´d never heard of before, and finished listening to you all over again. Thanks!

    Reply Oct 01, 2014 @ 04:11:21
    • Amy R. Padgett Blosch

      :) i’m not sure how i arrived at this power Phil but if i hit my knees in gratitude would that be too confusing? :P

      Reply Oct 02, 2014 @ 10:32:43

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