Even before that, evangelical groups protested the film after someone involved in its early financing alleged publicly and erroneously that Ms. Fanning was naked in it. The criticism began in July after Lawrence Robins, the disgruntled producer involved in the early financing, went, Ms.
The film "Hounddog" hasn't found a distributor yet, but it's already developed an audience eager to bury it before it sees the light of day. Deborah Kampmeier's independent movie about a young Southern girl who uses the music of Elvis Presley to escape a life of sexual abuse has drawn fire for putting its underage star, Dakota Fanningin situations that many call unconscionable. At the heart of the controversy is the depiction of the rape of the central character, Lewellen, by a young man who lures her with the promise of Elvis Presley concert tickets.
At a festival that features several films with sexual content, including full male nudity and a documentary about bestiality, a southern Gothic tale that includes the rape of a young girl is causing the biggest stir. She is a free spirit obsessed with Elvis Presley and has little supervision by her abusive father and alcoholic grandmother. Fanning lashed out at critics as she defended her work and the movie overall. The disturbing scene lasts a few minutes but is not graphic.
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One of the most controversial films at Sundance this year, Dakota Fanning's Hounddog, turned out to be The film contains a scene in which Fanning's character is raped by a slightly older boy, but the final cut is not nearly as explicit as initial reports were saying. Ahhh, leave it to the old rumor mill to make things out to be more than they actually are.
It is also Isabelle Fuhrman 's debut film. Penn also serves as an executive producer. It premiered in competition at the Sundance Film Festivaland was given a limited release in 11 North American theaters on September 19,
But Kampmeier, who has been cleared of child exploitation accusations by officials in North Carolina - where the film was shot, insists she took the utmost care to protect her young stars in all the scenes that have upset critics. Kampmeier tells WENN, "When you take a shot of Dakota coming in the door, her foot tripping, a boy moving towards the camera, her face saying 'stop,' and you put them together in the editing room you get a rape scene. We never rehearsed a rape scene.
The press screening for "Hounddog" elicited actual boos, not to mention eviscerating reviews. Even before that, evangelical groups protested the film after someone involved in its early financing alleged publicly and erroneously that Ms. Fanning was naked in it.