CRUDE benefit screening NYC June 22!!!

This is a really important cause. Joe is an excellent film maker. The proof of that is Chevron suing him. They must be quite frightened by what he has to say. Please go to the screening. Buy the movie. See for yourself. If you "enjoyed" My Brother's Keeper, Paradise Lost, Iconoclasts, Some Kind of Monster, or Ten Days That Unexpectedly Changed America please support the producer that brought you these thought provoking films.

Special CRUDE Benefit Screening in NYC Next Tue, 6/22!

2 Weeks Left to Donate to First Amendment Fund! WE NEED YOUR HELP!

Dear Friends,

As many of your may have seen in the press, Chevron recently served a subpoena on the CRUDE filmmakers in order to obtain nearly 600 hours of raw footage accumulated during the making of this film. In May, a US District Court ruled for Chevron and ordered CRUDE's director, Joe Berlinger, to produce the footage. In an effort to protect the footage, his sources, and his process, Berlinger immediately appealed. On June 8th, Berlinger's legal team won a stay of the District Court's order. As a result, the District Court's May 20th order directing Berlinger to produce the footage 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 in July.

As our legal bills continue to soar through the duration of this appeal, and our initial goal was only a small fraction of our total cost, we truly NEED YOUR HELP NOW. The LAST DAY to donate to the fund is WEDNESDAY, JUNE 30th.

To further support our fund, next Tuesday, June 22nd at 8 pm at the IFC Center, a very special CRUDE screening, co-sponsored by the IDA and WGA, will feature a panel discussion with Joe Berlinger, his lead attorney Maura Wogan of Frankfurt Kurnit, documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock, and WGA, East President Michael Winship among others. The panel will discuss our case and how it affects the roles and rights of documentarians and other independent journalists in today's global community. Please click here to purchase tickets. We hope you will join us for what will surely be a thought-provoking evening exploring the future of the foundation of documentary filmmaking.

For a compilation of recent articles on the case, please visit THE CRUDE BLOG.


June 22nd
8 pm
IFC Center
323 Sixth Avenue (@ W. 3rd Street)



CRUDE FIRST AMENDMENT FUND (ends June 30th, 2010)


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