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CameraWars: Indie Filmmakers Fight Back

by Anthony Kaufman
July 26, 2007 2:59 AM
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That was fast. In just days, a group of New York indie filmmakers have mobilized an organized campaign to fight against the new regulations proposed by the Mayor's Office of Film and TV (available here). They've got a name (Picture New York), a website (http://www.picturenewyork.org), slogans ("Picture New York WITHOUT pictures of New York"; "Picture New York without the pictures YOU make of New York") and a coordinated email assault.

"Dear Artist," writes activist Beka Economopoulos, "You can make a movie on a cell phone, but what if you want to use a tripod, or stay in the same spot for more than 30 minutes? New regulations from the Mayor's Office on Film set absurd restrictions that would require you to have a permit, and a million dollar insurance policy. No doubt it would be selectively enforced, AND who needs that kind of law on the books in the first place?"

"We need to fight back. With enough public outcry we can stop these regulations from becoming law. There’s a recent precedent: a ban on photography in the subways was successfully fought off in 2004-2005".

Here's what you can do before the public comment period ends next Friday, Aug. 3.

1) MAKE A VIDEO PUBLIC COMMENT.
Post your work shot in NYC or new work commenting on this issue to YouTube or Flickr.

+ Tag the video (or stills) “"PictureNewYork”" and "“CameraWars”".
+ Send the links to jcho@film.nyc.gov and to us at info@picturenewyork.org

Spoken word artist Juliana Luecking has already posted her response to the proposed rules.

2) Click here to email comments to the Mayor's Film Office and the City Council committee that oversees them.

3) Click here to sign our petition.

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