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HOLLYWOOD CREATIVE LEADERS GO TO WASHINGTON TO LOBBY FOR NATIONAL FILM DISCLOSURE ACT

 HOLLYWOOD CREATIVE LEADERS GO TO WASHINGTON
 TO LOBBY FOR NATIONAL FILM DISCLOSURE ACT
 The following is being issued by the Directors Guild of America Inc.:
 WHO: Martin Scorsese (director of "Raging Bull" and
 "Cape Fear")
 Arthur Hiller (DGA president; "Love Story" and "The Babe")
 Robert Wise (Best Director Oscars: "The Sound of Music"
 and "West Side Story")
 Elliot Silverstein ("Cat Ballou" and "A Man Called Horse")
 Martha Coolidge ("Valley Girl" and "Rambling Rose")
 Carl Gottlieb (Writers Guild of America, West)
 Haskell Wexler, A.S.C. (American Society of
 Cinematographers)
 WHAT: Three days of Capitol Hill lobbying precede testimony at
 House Judiciary Subcommittee hearing on National Film
 Disclosure Act.
 WHERE: 2237 Rayburn House Office Building
 Washington
 WHEN: Thursday, March 5
 10 a.m.
 (Arrange media interviews on Tuesday, Wednesday or
 Thursday through contact numbers below)
 WHY: American filmmakers currently have no legal recourse in
 the United States of America when their work is colorized,
 edited and otherwise defaced by technological means.
 American audiences viewing these materially altered films
 on television and videocassette mistakenly believe the
 films they watch accurately reflect the artistic vision of
 its creative authors. Almost invariably this is not the
 case.
 In order to provide some protection to both film audiences
 and artists, The National Film Disclosure Act seeks to
 amend this nation's "truth in labeling" law (Section 43-a
 of the Lanham Act) to require that labels be affixed to
 films that have been materially altered after their
 original theatrical release. Each public exhibition of a
 materially altered motion picture would contain a label
 which discloses:
 1. the fact that the motion picture has been materially
 altered from its original version and the nature of
 that alteration; and
 2. the fact that the artistic author (the film's
 principal director, screenwriter and/or
 cinematographer) objects to the alteration if he or
 she, in fact, does so.
 The Act protects films which are at least 60 minutes in
 length and which have been created for public exhibition,
 performance, sale or lease. Episodic television programs,
 advertisements and private commercial or industrial films
 remain outside its protection.
 "Material alteration" has been defined to include such
 changes as colorization, lexiconing, time compression and
 expansion, panning-and-scanning and editing.
 The bill excludes from the definition of "material
 alteration" the insertion of commercials into motion
 pictures, editing for FCC requirements, transferring films
 to videotape, preparing a film for foreign distribution or
 engaging in legitimate film preservation activities.
 This legislation is, ultimately, a recognition that the
 individual film artist speaks to the public through his or
 her films as seen. Simply, the Act would give the film
 artist the opportunity to tell us whether the voice we
 hear, in fact, belongs to the artists.
 CONTACT: Chuck Warn of Warn Communications, 818-785-6321 or (in Washington, March 2-5) 202-429-0100, for the Directors Guild of America.
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