Thursday, July 05, 2007

Cinéma Vérité Dealt a Blow in NYC

Oh, boy. You may need a permit now to shoot on public property, including sidewalks, in New York City. The paranoia is really mounting.

Quote from the June 29, 2007, NYTimes article (full post here):
New rules being considered by the Mayor’s Office of Film, Theater and Broadcasting would require any group of two or more people who want to use a camera in a single public location for more than a half hour to get a city permit and insurance.
What kind of insurance? $1,000,000 liability insurance.

Of course you know who this is going to be aimed at - the indie documentarian whose political views are perceived to be contrary to the status quo. No more Michael Moore, hey.

Thankfully the New York Civil Liberties Union is taking notice. And you should, too. Email your comments to Mayor’s Office of Film, Theater and Broadcasting.

If you don't, your style could really get cramped.

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2 Comments:

Blogger Traycee06 said...

Utterly ridiculous! They're trying to control everything we do. What ever happened to free speech? I guess that's getting pushed to the side like everything else. Sheesh, what's next? A permit to use a porta potty???

10:56 PM  
Blogger Don said...

Thanks, traycee06. Sad but true, if we let it happen.

11:05 PM  

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