Congratulations to our clients who have won awards at SXSW this years!

With the festival being canceled this year, let’s give our SXSW award-winning clients an extra big round of applause!   NARRATIVE FEATURE COMPETITION Special Jury Recognition for Directing Topside Directors: Celine Held, Logan George   DOCUMENTARY FEATURE COMPETITION Special Jury … Full Story

  Congrats to Our Clients at 19th Annual Tribeca Film Festival!

Congratulations to all of our clients who are apart of the Tribecca Film Festival lineup this year! A Glitch in the Matrix, directed by Rodney Ascher Brian Wilson: Long Promised Road, directed by Brent Wilson Dear Mr. Brody, directed by Keith … Full Story

  Click here to see a list of our clients’ soon-to-be-released works!

3/25/20 | Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution 3/20/20 | Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness 2/03/20 | McMillions  CRIP CAMP: A DISABILITY REVOLUTION Directed by Nicole Newnham and James Lebrecht In the early 1970s, teenagers with disabilities faced a future shaped by isolation, discrimination and … Full Story

  Lisa Callif and Dean Cheley Named to Variety Dealmakers Impact Report 2016

Partners Lisa Callif and Dean Cheley were recognized by Variety as part of the 2016 Dealmakers Impact Report. Lisa was highlighted for her work securing funding for documentaries that bring awareness to social issues, while Dean was spotlighted for his … Full Story

  Fairly Simple: Michael Donaldson and Lisa Callif Featured on Cover of Los Angeles Lawyer

Fair use has existed as a court-created concept since the 1800s, and has been in the U.S. Copyright Act since 1978. However, the four nonexclusive factors listed in the Act can be hard to understand, and challenging to apply in … Full Story

  Donaldson + Callif Clients Featured as Best Documentary Features At Sundance 2016

 As featured in Indiewire, Sundance has published a list of the best documentary features released at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, and Donaldson + Callif is proud to announce that eight of the top ten documentaries listed are films Donaldson … Full Story

  Librarian of Congress Could Reform the DMCA: Michael Donaldson Speaks with the San Francisco Chronicle

Few have heard of the Librarian of Congress, but the person holding this office not only oversees the U.S. Copyright Office, but also decides what content deserves copyright protection. The position is currently vacant, and this has created enormous opportunity … Full Story

  Michael Donaldson and Lisa Callif Named Top Entertainment Lawyers by Daily Journal

The Daily Journal named partners Michael Donaldson and Lisa Callif as Top Entertainment Lawyers in 2015 for their success in representing independent filmmakers. Michael has established himself in the entertainment industry for his understanding of the fair use doctrine, a … Full Story

  Daily Journal Publishes Christopher Perez on Filmmakers’ Right to Fair Use

Daily Journal published Partner Christopher Perez’s article, “Filmmakers must be free to exercise fair use rights,” addressing the Copyright Office’s pending exemption to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), granting access to certain materials to all filmmakers. Due to an … Full Story

  Christopher Perez Appeals to U.S. Copyright Office for Exemption to DMCA

Partners Michael Donaldson and Christopher Perez have been working with the Intellectual Property Clinic at the UC Irvine School of Law, led by Jack Lerner, to appeal to the U.S. Copyright Office for an exemption to the Digital Millennium Copyright … Full Story