The second day of the Santa Clarita International Film Festival brought out a deep spat between festival holders and one local business. Both argued that expletives, gratuitous commentary and rambunctious behavior could be seen and heard, one from a sense of artistic justification and the other from a decorous perspective on good behavior.
As an outsider looking in, this squabbling is an exemplar of the Santa Clarita Valley’s perception to the rest of Los Angeles County: prudish, barely bucking tradition and desiring civility while also catering to the lowest common denominator in a community bristling with spirited artistic endeavors, albeit muted by the powers that be. Lisa DeSouza raised strong points on the prevalence of art bursting through barriers, but a community long suggested of being milquetoast should go full Gorbachev and tear down its walls of perceiving art as “fun for the whole family” if you want to appeal to more people than just young families and folks just out of after-church brunch.
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