Support Documentary Filmmakers Against Chevron

The makers of the documentary CRUDE, The Real Price of Oil, 2009, have recently been issued a subpoena instigated by Chevron to obtain their more than 600 hours of footage from the filmmakers.  The film depicts a complex, legal battle with all its participants over Chevron’s (recently merged with Texaco) actions in Ecuador.  The film has screened to audiences at Sundance, has won numerous awards, and has taken a stand in getting information out to the greater public.  We need to support other filmmakers and investigative journalism, as it seems that filmmakers and other individuals are the ones pursuing truth, while the American media largely has been sacrificing truth and the pursuit of investigative journalism in exchange for profit.

The official trailer from the film



A few weeks ago, Joe Berlinger and I, as well as the “Crude” production companies, were served with subpoenas by Chevron, demanding that we hand over our 600 hours of outtakes, speculating that somewhere in our dailies they would find material that would help them in their lawsuit in Ecuador. We opposed the subpoena, and on May 6th, a judge ruled against us. We are appealing the decision, and many in the documentary community as well as other journalists have rallied to support us. The IDA issued an open letter which has been signed by an extraordinary number of heavy-hitters of the doc world, from Michael Moore to Bill Moyers, Alex Gibney to Morgan Spurlock:

Support filmmakers, artists, their property, 1st Amendment rights and People, against giant corporations trying to work the legal system. Can we please get back to the notion of We the People?

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