The UCI Intellectual Property, Arts, and Technology Clinic is pleased to announce that our client’s film Sands of Silence has been completed and is securing support for outreach and distribution. The filmmaker, Chelo Alvarez-Stehle, has worked for many years to create a documentary inspiring survivors of sexual violence to speak out and share their stories.
She is currently launching a campaign to raise distribution funds for the documentary, and the money raised will make it possible to bring Sands of Silence to audiences around the world. It is important to spread awareness of the issue and end the shame that surrounds survivors of sexual abuse, exploitation, and trafficking.
It would be great if you could take a minute to go to this link to support and learn more about this wonderful film.
Today, together with the UCI CED Clinic, we visited the UCI Institute for Innovation where Carolyn Stephens, Director of Strategic Marketing and Operations (and all-around Rock Star) shared with us the visionary approach of the Institute and gave us a tour of its amazing space, The Cove. We look forward to working with the Institute this fall and beyond!
Yesterday, the independent filmmaking world breathed a sigh of relief when the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed an earlier ruling in Garcia v. Google, the infamous “Innocence of Muslims” case. The case concerned whether an actress who appeared onscreen for five seconds in the notorious anti-Islam film has a copyright interest in the picture. This question is important to filmmakers because it’s often not possible to get a release from everyone in the picture. So the IPAT Clinic participated in drafting an amicus brief in the case, explaining why such a ruling could be devastating to independent filmmakers. And the court listened! “As filmmakers warn,” the court wrote, “low-budget films rarely use licenses…. And filming group scenes like a public parade, or the 1963 March on Washington, would pose a huge burden if each of the thousands of marchers could claim an independent copyright.”
On April 29 Professor Lerner will be in New York for the Association of Commercial Stock Image Licensors 2015 Footage Expo. Professor Lerner writes: “I’ll be on a panel talking about ‘Intellectual Property on the Move,’ in particular the problems that filmmakers and producers face when creating projects that use a lot of footage. I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to discuss the issues with some of the best legal minds in the country, including Anne Atkinson, Cathy Carapella, Jay Fialkov, Bob Stein, and the one and only Matthew White.”