Sex and violence are elements in many films today, but an Arizona State University professor hopes people attending this week’s conference on "The Ethics of Entertainment" will question using those elements in film and other arts.
"What we want people to come away with is how powerful media and entertainment are in our lives," said F. Miguel Valenti, an ASU professor at the Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics. "Sometimes that influence is good and sometimes that influence is not so good."
The three-day conference begins tonight at the Tempe Mission Palms Resort. It includes workshops and discussions with experts in various areas of the arts, including novelist Clive Cussler, who will talk about turning a novel into a film, and New York Times photojournalist Peter Howe, who wrote the book "Paparazzi." He will be on a panel discussing the celebrity business.
Other speakers are Neil Malamuth of University of California Los Angeles, who will talk about the effects of pornography, and Harry G. Frankfurt, a Princeton philosopher who has written books on cultural issues.
Several films will be screened over the course of the conference, such as "Runaways" and "Casting About." Some filmmakers will be available to talk about their work.
Also at the conference, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor will receive the Joan and David Lincoln Award for Public Virtue.
The event is free for ASU students and faculty. Others must register to attend and pay for passes that range in price from $100 to $350. Tickets for a single event, "Art Collides with Fashion: Runway Show" are selling for $15 to $150.
Proceeds go to the ASU Foundation.
ASU film conference
When: Today through Sunday
Where: Tempe Mission Palms Hotel, 60 E. Fifth St.