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Student director: "What did they think we were going to produce? Citizen Kane, Jr.?

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Just a few short months after the opening of Point Loma High School's film production facility, the program has been suspended pending the results of an internal investigation. At issue is the studio's first feature, which is reported to contain pornographic content.

Point Loma High School senior Chad Penwiggle, the film's director, spoke to SD on the QT off the record. Here is what he said.

"I'm not going to get into an argument with the administration about what does or does not constitute 'pornography,'" he began. "Is it a film for everyone? No. Do we push some boundaries? Sure. But everyone got a consent form signed by their parents before shooting began, and our stars were both 18 throughout the filming."

Besides, he said, there were multiple legitimate factors behind the decision to make Point Loma Lesbian High School.

"First, I considered the economic realities. After spending $3.6 million in taxpayer dollars on the studio itself, how much do you suppose the school had left over for a production budget? That's right - next to nothing. We had to figure out how to get the most bang for our buck. Did we have the budget for a car chase? No, we did not. Did we have the budget for realistic gunfire effects? Again, no. Did we have the budget for awesome explosions? Hell no. You know what we had the budget for? A used mattress, 10 feather pillows, 25 cans of whipped cream, and a bunch of lingerie from TJ Maxx."

"Second, I considered the talent. Suzie Adler is a great girl, and everybody loved her singing in last year's stage production of The Music Man. But the camera is a lot less forgiving than the stage, and it quickly became apparent that she's not exactly an actress. What she is is smoking hot. You can call it exploitation of a barely legal teen. I call it recognition of her gifts on the part of her peers. Ditto for Stephanie Grimes. These girls saw their chance to shine on screen, and they went after it."

Finally, there was the question of marketing. "When Spider-Man wanted to cast someone to play the teenage Peter Parker, did they cast a teenager? No. They cast Andrew Garfield, a dude in his late twenties. That's what people want to see when they watch movies about teenagers. Except of course, in porn. In porn, they want their teens to be teens. We had to play to our market."

In light of Penwiggle's account of his actions, film studies teacher Grady Lear awarded him an A+ on his project, pending the outcome of the investigation. "He clearly internalized every lesson I taught him. And there's no denying the production value on the finished work. Um, not that I've watched it."

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Comments

Visduh April 17, 2013 @ 4:27 p.m.

Well, this COULD have happened at that high school. Something like it may happen sooner than anyone thinks. High schools are edgy places in this new millennium.

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Javajoe25 April 17, 2013 @ 6:58 p.m.

As they should be.

It's the colleges that are surprisingly sleepy these days. There are so many issues now that should be confronted by some strong, militant protest, but all I hear is silence. I don't understand it. The administrators are taking millions home while the tuition just keeps going up, and there are loads of social issues that should have someone raising hell, but I don't hear a peep.

Maybe these high school kids will bring it to the colleges. I sure hope so.

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Joaquin_de_la_Mesa April 18, 2013 @ 10:40 a.m.

Maybe not, Javajoe. To me this whole film studio thing feels like an imitation of the college gestalt. At one time, colleges and high schools and colleges had fairly set curricula, with a few electives in the last year or two. Now, everyone declares a major as 18-yr-old freshman -- as if they had any real idea what they want to do.

And now, they want to push that mentality into high schools.

The worst thing about this, maybe, is that some taxpayers in the area had their taxes raised so high schoolers could make movies. It's loony.

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CluelessConservativeCarl April 22, 2013 @ 4:40 p.m.

WOW. OH MY GOSH. I CAN'T BELIEVE THIS HAPPENED. SEE THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU LET A BUNCH OF SNOT NOSED BRATS LITERALLY PLAY AROUND WITH 3 MILLION IN TAX PAYER MONEY. THEY REVERT TO THEIR UNHOLY, UN-NATURAL, ANTI-BIBLICAL PRIMITIVE NATURE. AND MAKE WHAT? GROSS SMUT. I'M ASHAMED WITH OUR YOUTH.

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Walter Mencken April 22, 2013 @ 5 p.m.

Clueless Conservative Carl, IT IS SO GOOD TO HEAR FROM YOU! BUT I'M A LITTLE WORRIED. WHEN YOU SAY YOU ARE "ASHAMED WITH OUR YOUTH" INSTEAD OF "ASHAMED OF OUR YOUTH," IS IT BECAUSE YOU SHARE THEIR SHAME? AND IF SO, IS THAT BECAUSE YOU WATCHED POINT LOMA LESBIAN HIGH SCHOOL PRIOR TO POSTING HERE?

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Justin Powell April 22, 2013 @ 7:53 p.m.

If this "student work" is of any good quality, perhaps these teen auteurs will use their movies to get into USC Film School. They are showing initiative by making good use of their new facilities. Director Chad Penwiggle has a porn name, not that I know that much about it.

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LisaMcDonnell April 23, 2013 @ 11:20 a.m.

I can't believe that you would actually post such a false story -- even in your "Almost Factual News". Don't you realize that people can search things with only a few words on the internet and may not see the very light, small print at the top that calls it "almost factual"? This can really put a bad mark on a wonderful facility and school.

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