CRUDE Filmmakers Subpoenaed by Chevron

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Last Thursday, U.S. District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan ruled against us, unfortunately denying our arguments.

We are appealing this decision, as we feel it is a violation of our First Amendment rights and could have a seriously chilling effect on documentary filmmakers and journalists everywhere. We appreciate the incredible outpouring of support from people in the documentary community and allies all over the world, and we hope that this extremely troubling situation will conclude in our favor.  We will keep you posted on all developments.  Please keep checking back here for updates.

Thank you for your support.

-Joe Berlinger, May 12, 2010
Here are some recent articles about the case:

Should a Documentary Filmmaker Get a Journalist’s Privilege
By John Schwartz and Dave Itzkoff
May 7, 2010

Judge Grants Chevron Access to Film Footage
By David R. Baker
May 7, 2010

Michael Moore Says Judge’s Ruling Could Have ‘Chilling Effect’ on Documentaries
By Dave Itzkoff
May 7, 2010

Joe Berlinger must surrender outtakes from ‘Crude’ doc
Associated Press
May 6, 2010

Chevron Oil Demands ‘Crude’ Filmmaker Hand Over Unseen Footage
By Rory Carroll
April 29, 2010

Chevron’s New Tactic Called a Threat to First Amendment
By Tracy Barnett
April 29, 2010

Chevron Wants Unused Film on Ecuador Dispute
By David R. Baker,
April 28, 2010

Chevron Goes Drilling for Footage
By Dave Gilson
April 28. 2010

Documentarian Fights Oil Company’s Subpoena in Federal Court
By Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press
April 27, 2010

Chevron Vs. Filmmaker
By Dave Itzkoff
April 26, 2010

Director of ‘Crude’ Will Resist Chevron’s Request for Footage
April 26, 2010
By Dave Itzkoff

‘Crude’ Filmmakers Resist Chevron order: Oil Giant is Seeking Footage Not Included in Docu
By Ted Johnson
April 23, 2010

‘Crude’ Director Battles Chevron Over Footage
Oil Company Wants Footage for Ecuadorean Lawsuit, but Berlinger Invokes First Amendment

By Brent Lang & Sharon Waxman
April 23, 2010

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  1. [...] those of you who’ve been following our case know, Chevron recently served a subpoena on the makers of the feature documentary CRUDE in order to [...]

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