Film Insight Season 2 – Episode 10 – Barry Freeman

Ratings are a tricky and often overlooked subject for filmmakers.  It’s an area that is far too often shrouded in mystery.  This week, Randy and Ben talk to Barry Freeman, who spent 10 years on the ratings board at the MPAA, appeared in This Film is Not Yet Rated, and currently makes his living as a ratings consultant for independent filmmakers.

As we all know, geting an NC-17 rating can be the kiss of death for a movie, and even an R Rating when your target audience is younger can greatly impact your film’s profitability.  Knowing how the ratings system works, and how to go about getting the rating you want is an important part of making a commercial film, if you’re seeking traditional theatrical distribution.

If you would like to contact Barry about his work as a ratings consultant, you can do so through any of the following mediums.

Follow Barry on Twitter

Connect with Barry on LinkedIn

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Film Insight is Hosted and Produced by Ben Yennie (@TheGuerrillaRep) and Randy Hall (@RandyHall)

Edited by Alex Nigro