This post tracks developments in “No Safe Spaces,” a forthcoming documentary on the subject of political correctness and controls on free speech on university campuses. It will star comedian Adam Carolla and radio talk show host Dennis Prager.
12-16-19 | Number One Political Documentary Of 2019
Per Hollywood Glee, No Safe Spaces just crossed the mark to $1 million in sales, making it the #1 political documentary of the year. “A week after expanding to just 200 screens in more than 30 markets, the free speech docudrama No Safe Spaces crossed the million-dollar mark. Starring podcast king Adam Carolla and radio talk show host Dennis Prager, No Safe Spaces took in an additional $107k this weekend bringing its total box office take to just over $1 million. That box office success came despite a widely reported incident in which fans in California were subjected to two masked men who ran into a theater carrying duffel bags, prompting some fans to flee the theater.”
12-14-19 | Rotten Tomatoes 44%/99% Spread Strongly Positive
The current rating on Rotten Tomatoes is 44% critics approval and 99% audience member approval. That kind of spread, where the audience vote is strongly more favorable than the critics, usually suggests a film of strongly favorable to libertarian or conservative sensibilities. We knew it, of course, but nice to see it confirmed the data.
12-11-19 | Masked Moviegoers Interrupt Showing In CA
Per Fox News, “Police officers in La Habra, California responded to a call on Friday when Adam Carolla and Dennis Prager’s free speech film, No Safe Spaces, was allegedly interrupted by two masked men who some customers felt were looking to intimidate moviegoers…’After all of the previews and ads were over and the movie was just starting, two thugs sporting hoodies, masks, sunglasses and carrying huge duffel bags ran, not walked, up the aisle and sat at the back of the theater right behind us. They looked like bank robbers, home invasion criminals… they were trying to act scary,’ a moviegoer named Vanessa, who asked for her last name not be used, told Fox News.”
11-20-19 | Variety Gives Film Favorable Review
Per Variety, “Should [free speech] be banned? A lot of us — most of us — would say no. So why are our campuses, which are supposed to be about the free exchange of ideas, saying yes? No Safe Spaces is a smart, vital, urgent, and provocative exploration of that question.”
11-4-19 | National Review Recommends Film
Per National Review, “If the Left does not want ‘common sense’ to become an exclusively conservative epithet, it ought to heed the lessons of this rangy tour of today’s free-speech wars.”
11-4-19 | No Safe Spaces Theater List Expands
11-4-19 | Film Sales Second Only To Terminator
Per Fox News, the film scored box office sales close to that of the blockbuster Terminator: Dark Fate in its limited distribution in Denver and San Diego theater complexes over the weekend.
10-25-19 | Film Threat Reviews No Safe Spaces
Per Film Threat, “If we cannot return to respect one another or engage in civil public debate, then we’re lost, and we will ultimately become the same monsters we accuse the other side of being. The documentary may make you angry at times (or throughout), but that’s actually a good thing. We can talk about that too.”
10-7-19 | Film Opening Tickets Available At Harkin Theater, Phoenix
9-4-19 | Film to Open In Phoenix, October 25th
Per the film’s Indiegogo page, “We are very excited to announce the theatrical release date of No Safe Spaces. The plan is to start strong, and grow the release from city to city, starting with Phoenix on October 25, 2019. We will expand to additional screens in various cities over the course of the following weeks, building to a nationwide release in November. The better the film does in the early weeks of release will determine how many screens the film will show on nationwide.”
9-4-19 | Filmmakers Dispute MPAA’s PG-13 Rating
Per The Hollywood Reporter, “a scene where ‘Firsty’, a talking animated embodiment of free speech, gets shot led to the MPAA giving the film a PG-13 rating.” The way MPAA ratings are arrived at is oblique. “Under the Classification and Rating Administration rules, the rating board maintains confidentiality and does not comment publicly about the details of the rating process for a particular film.”
7-20-19 | Wins Grand Prize at Anthem Film Festival
Per Anthem Film Festival, “No Safe Spaces, directed by Justin Folk and produced by Mark Joseph, won the Grand Prize at the Anthem Film Festival in Las Vegas, Nevada, July 20. Now in its tenth year, Anthem is part of a larger conference called FreedomFest, which meets annually in Las Vegas with over 250 speakers and over 2,000 attendees to discuss and debate economics and finance, history and politics, science and technology, health and wellness, art and literature.”
6-23-19 | Filming Completed — Expected Release in Fall
Per their Indiegogo page, “Filming is wrapped on No Safe Spaces, and we are just weeks away from finishing post-production. As our team adds the final touches to the film, the distribution plan is coming together and will include a theatrical release in cities across the country. Although an official release date has yet to be announced, the film will come out this fall when America is back at work and at school.”
5-24-19 | Denied Facebook Ad
Per the Hollywood Reporter, “Facebook’s policy is said to be preventing a California charter school from [advertising] a documentary movie about free speech unless the school and its CEO, Matt Beaudreau, ‘identify’ themselves as partisan politicos, which they refuse to do.” So Facebook is saying free speech is a *partisan* dirty libertarian position? What an admission of which side they are on.
8-21-18 | Dangerous Documentaries Releases Interview Clips
“Filmmakers will occasionally screen what is called a ‘work in progress.’ This is what Adam Carolla and Dennis Prager chose to do with their film titled No Safe Spaces, at the Anthem Libertarian Film Festival.”
6-14-18 | IMDB Adds Official No Safe Spaces Page
The Internet Movie Database (IMDB) has created a page to track developments of this upcoming documentary, usually a good sign that a film is progressing.
4-25-18 | Trailer Released
A new teaser trailer has been released for the upcoming documentary No Safe Spaces. Per the film’s YouTube description, “Adam Carolla and Dennis Prager confront the alarming trend of suppressing free speech at colleges and beyond in No Safe Spaces. Coming soon to theaters nationwide. What happens on campus doesn’t stay on campus.” Per the film’s website, it is expected to be released in the Fall of 2018.
Per the Hollywood Reporter, “Comedian and podcaster Adam Carolla and radio host Dennis Prager have been filming their movie about political correctness at universities for several months. Now they have launched a crowdfunding campaign to pay for the documentary.”
“A funny thing happened to some right-leaning filmmakers trying to make their case that conservatives aren’t welcome on college campuses: They weren’t allowed on a college campus.” So says the Hollywood Reporter, regarding the new documentary No Safe Spaces, currently being filmed by comedian Adam Carolla and radio-host Dennis Prager.
California State University, Northridge claims it won’t let the pair film for “logistical” reasons, but the filmmakers aren’t buying it. According to The College Fix, “The duo’s lawyer fired off an accusatory letter to the administration claiming that it ‘may have caused damage by committing unlawful content-based discrimination’ in blocking them from filming on campus at the end of a reservation process.”
After the recent election, the University of Pennsylvania created a “safe space” for students, complete with coloring books and puppies. Other universities followed suit. It’s that sort of intellectual infantilization that the film aims to document and challenge. Commenting more broadly on the state of things at universities, Carolla remarked “When did everyone become such a colossal pussy? Having your beliefs challenged is as American as apple pie.”
Per the Hollywood Reporter: “‘College campuses are supposed to be where diversity of opinion is celebrated, not silenced,’ said Carolla, who will star with talk-show host Dennis Prager in a film called No Safe Spaces.” The documentary also has a homepage.