[Craft Series] Sex, Drugs, and Violence Onscreen: The Ethics of Entertainment

Hosted by Miguel Valenti
Independent Producer

We all know words have power. From the earliest days of storytelling to modern big budget movies, the content and language writers choose has an affect on the people consuming these stories. In this webinar, Miguel Valenti explains just how much power a writer truly has on a mass audience as well as our culture. Breaking taboos and dealing with tricky subject matters is all a part of many writers’ scripts, but how do we approach these things tactfully?

Valenti will break down the effects of drugs, violence, and stereotypes on screen as well as the influence media has on the world, leaving you with some great food for thought when writing your next script.

This 90 Minute Webinar Covers:

  • Why ethics are important in film
  • Creator intention vs. audience interpretation 
  • The use of stereotypes 
  • Connotations, coding, and context 


About Your Host

Miguel Valenti is an active independent motion picture and television producer, an entertainment attorney and an advisor on media and entertainment-related issues. He is also the Founding Director of the West Coast campus of highly acclaimed Quinnipiac University, home of the Quinnipiac Poll. He was formerly the Lincoln Professor of Ethics and the Arts at Arizona State University, and the creator of ASU’s film school.

Valenti produced THE LOST SKELETON OF CADAVRA, a loving send-up of the 1960’s Roger Corman low-budget sci-fi motion pictures, for a micro-budget in 2000. This motion picture went on to be released theatrically by Tri-Star Pictures/Sony Entertainment nationwide in 2001 and worldwide in 2003. He then executive produced three successful sequels. He also produced VIG (aka THE MONEY KINGS) written by award-winning screenwriter/poet/playwright Paul Hapenny, starring Peter Falk, Lauren Holly, Timothy Hutton, Freddie Prinze, Jr., Tyne Daly and Colm Meaney (Barbra Streisand’s Barwood Films & LionsGate Entertainment, Executive Produced). Other producing credits include ABRACADABRA, and MASTER OF THE MANOR, a short that Valenti also co-wrote with 2004 Pulitzer Prize Winner for Fiction Doug Wright (QUILLS), and co-directed, and which earned a Cine Golden Eagle as well as top awards at major film festivals and was distributed internationally. Finally, he has produced over 50 spots, commercials, promos and films for Arizona State University, its administration, faculty and students, local organizations, charities and so on.

Valenti’s book, More Than a Movie: Ethics In Entertainment (Westview Press; October 2000) urges members of the creative community to examine the ethical choices they make on a daily basis, and to consider how such choices affect their worldwide audience. The book features contributing articles from filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich, critics Annette Insdorf and Les Brown, and interviews with Producer David Brown (JAWS), producer Christine Vachon (BOYS DON’T CRY) and other notable voices from motion picture production and scholarship. The book is currently in its sixth printing, having sold out its first run in less than eight weeks. Valenti has been a guest on CNN and a number of regional and national radio broadcasts, and lectures on the topic of ethics in entertainment nationally. He also serves as a consultant to producers and organizations interested in the topic.

What To Expect

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If you have any questions or any trouble accessing the recording, email our Director of Education Alexandra Davies at alex@roadmapwriters.com!

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