There are TWO DAYS LEFT to donate to our CRUDE FIRST AMENDMENT FUND, so if you were unable to come out to the benefit screening at IFC Center last week, you can still help us reach our new goal of $30k by midnight (Eastern) on Wednesday, June 30th by donating on our Kickstarter site!
As many of you may know and undoubtedly played a part, Team CRUDE experienced a truly incredible wave of support in the last few days. First, our special CRUDE legal defense benefit screening was a huge success, playing to a sold-out crowd and featuring a lively panel that included CRUDE’s director Joe Berlinger, his lead attorney Maura Wogan, documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock, WGAe President Michael Winship, and moderated by the one and only Thom Powers. We want to formally extend our sincerest THANKS to everybody who came out last Tuesday. We know that due to limited seating, not all who showed up at IFC were able to attend, and we hope you will continue to check back on our site for more information on possible upcoming CRUDE events throughout the summer.
In addition to the sold-out benefit screening, as recently reporter in Variety, The Wall Street Journal, and IndieWIRE among other outlets, Berlinger’s fight to defend his footage received the brilliant support of many filmmaking peers in the IDA’s amici curiae brief penned by Michael Donaldson of Donaldson and Callif on behalf of the IDA, DGA, WGA, PGA, IFP, Latino Public Broadcasting, documentary filmmakers Alex Gibney and Tia Lessin, and more.
That brief may be viewed in full HERE and has been filed in addition to leading constitutional and first amendment expert Floyd Abrams’ brief that now has the support of virtually every major media outlet including: ABC, Inc., The Associated Press, CBS Broadcasting, Inc., The Daily News, LP, Dow Jones & Company, Inc., Gannett Company, Inc., Hearst Corporation, HBO, Inc., The National Press Photographers Association, NBC Universal, Inc., The New York Times Company, PEN American Center, The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, The Society of Environmental Journalists, and The Washington Post.
To see full Abrams brief, please click here: Abrams Brief
We are once again deeply moved and grateful for the continued outpouring of support from our most esteemed peers and take great pride in trusting that it will continue regardless of the outcome of this case.
Our formal appellate hearing is scheduled for July 14th in New York City. We will continue to keep you updated on this case as it develops.
We ask once more that over the next two days, you help us REACH OUR NEW GOAL of $30k raised for our FIRST AMENDMENT FUND, and we hope you will continue to support us as we march toward our July 14th court date.