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HOLLYWOOD FILM ARTISTS SUPPORT FILM DISCLOSURE ACT

 HOLLYWOOD FILM ARTISTS SUPPORT FILM DISCLOSURE ACT
 WHO: Elliot Silverstein
 -- The director of "Cat Ballou" and "A Man Called Horse"
 and chairman of the Directors Guild of America (DGA)
 President's Committee will testify on behalf of the
 DGA in support of the National Film Disclosure Act.
 Roger L. Simon
 -- Supporting the legislation for the Writers Guild of
 America, west, will be the Oscar-nominated writer of
 "Enemies, A Love Story"; Simon's other credits include
 "Scenes from a Mall," "The Big Fix" and "Bustin'
 Loose."
 Jack Lemmon (on film)
 -- The Oscar-winning actor hosts a new 22-minute
 documentary look at film defacement titled "What's
 Wrong With This Picture?" (Presented by the Artists
 Rights Foundation, the Senate subcommittee screening
 will be the film's world premiere.)
 WHAT: U.S. Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Patents, Copyrights
 and Trademarks (Chairman Sen. Dennis DeConcini (D-Ariz.))
 hearing on S. 2256, the Film Disclosure Act.
 WHERE: Room 226, Dirksen Senate Office Building, Constitution
 Avenue and First Street N.E., Washington.
 WHEN: Tuesday, Sept. 22, 10:30 a.m.
 WHY: American filmmakers currently have no legal recourse in


this country 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 Film Disclosure Act seeks to amend the U.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 prohibits 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, 818-785-6321, or Myrna Baron, 212-677-1747, for the Directors Guild of America.
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