Benefit Screening of "CRUDE: The Real Price of Oil" at 8 pm tonight
Our special benefit screening includes a Q&A with the film's creator Joe Berlinger and others including Morgan Spurlock and Michael Winship.
A fundraiser for Berlinger's legal defense fund.
June 22, 2010
A Message from Michael Winship, President, Writers Guild of America, East and Tom Fontana, President, Writers Guild East Foundation:
A few weeks ago, we told you about the attempt by Chevron to force documentary filmmaker Joe Berlinger to turn over nearly 600 hours of raw footage shot during the making of his documentary, CRUDE: The Real Price of Oil.
Last week, Berlinger's legal team won a stay of the Federal District Court's order to surrender his footage. As a result, the district court's May 20th order will be suspended during the pendency of the appeal. A full hearing before the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit will take place next month.
On Tuesday, June 22nd at 8pm, there will be a benefit screening of at the Independent Film Center 323 Sixth Avenue (at West 3rd Street), in the West Village, Manhattan.
Tickets are $16 and can be bought online or at the door. All proceeds benefit Berlinger's legal defense fund.
To support Berlinger's legal defense fund and shine additional light on the issues at stake, this special CRUDE screening will feature a panel discussion with CRUDE filmmaker Joe Berlinger, Berlinger's lead attorney Maura Wogan of Frankfurt Kurnit, documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock, and WGAE President Michael Winship, among others. The panel will discuss Berlinger's case and how it affects the roles and rights of documentarians and other independent journalists in today's global community.
Over the last several weeks, the CRUDE case has made headlines across the country, and Berlinger has received an outpouring of support from the film and journalism communities. Patrick Creadon and the Independent Documentary Association got the ball rolling and open letters from the WGAE and the Directors Guild, as well as a friend-of-the-court brief from leading First Amendment lawyer Floyd Abrams on behalf of 13 major media companies, followed. As articulated by many esteemed members of the press and independent film community -- from the editors of The Los Angeles Times to Michael Moore, Bill Moyers, Robert Redford and Norman Lear -- a ruling in favor of Chevron would be a grave violation of Berlinger's First Amendment rights and will undoubtedly have a chilling effect on documentary filmmakers and journalists worldwide.
CRUDE debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2009 to overwhelmingly positive reviews, held its theatrical premiere at IFC Center in September 2009, and is currently available on DVD from First Run Features and Netflix. We hope you will join us for what will surely be a thought-provoking evening exploring the future of the foundation of documentary filmmaking.
323 Sixth Ave @ 3rd Street
Subways: Take A, B, C, D, E, F or V trains to W. 4th St./Washington Square or 1 train to the Christopher St./Sheridan Square.
Tickets also available at the door.