Monthly Archives: February 2013

  Judge blocks “Central Park Five” footage subpoena

“Preservation of the journalistic privilege for documentary filmmakers in spite of how they initially find out about a story and in spite of how passionately they advocate for their subjects is essential to documentarians being able to work effectively.” Full Story

 
  The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Class of 2013

Donaldson added, “Preservation of the journalistic privilege for documentary filmmakers in spite of how they initially find out about a story and in spite of how passionately they advocate for their subjects is essential to documentarians being able to work effectively.” Full Story

 
  Judge rules for Ken Burns in ‘Central Park Five’ suit

The case drew the attention of the documentary community, which filed an amicus brief written by Michael C. Donaldson and Andrew Cielli. Full Story

 
  Ken Burns Wins Fight Against New York City Over ‘Central Park Five’ Research

“Documentary filmmakers gather and disseminate information about significant social and political issues,” says Michael C. Donaldson, an attorney who filed an amicus brief in the case on behalf of the International Documentary Association, NAMAC and Film Independent. Full Story

 
  Congratulations to our clients in the 2013 SXSW Conferences & Festivals

Lords of Salem – Jason Blum, The Short Game – Delirio Films, I am Divine – Automat Pictures, Inc., Twenty Feet From Stardom – Tremolo Productions, Soundcity – Roswell Films, Unhung Hero – Green Sky Films, Inc., Medora – Beachside Films, LLC, The Wait – Sammy Films, LLC, We Always Lie To Strangers – My Country Home, LLC (A. J. Schnack) Full Story

 
  Showbiz Tax Provision in Fiscal-Cliff Bill has Fans, Foes

Another attorney, Michael Donaldson, who reps independent filmmakers, says, “Anybody who doesn’t use it is crazy.” He takes a different view: “It really, all of the sudden, makes independent film investments rather than attractive.” Full Story

 
  RealScreen – Paying for Archive Footage: Fair’s Fare?

Michael Donaldson, a founding partner of law firm Donaldson & Callif who worked with Quinn on the DMCA renewal, also worked with the filmmakers of Room 237 to help them clear the whole film under fair use. Full Story