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Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to USC School of Cinematic Arts, Dean Elizabeth Daley, Vice Dean Akira Lippit, Cinema and Media Studies Chair Anikó Imre

Remove Bryan Singer's Name from the USC School of Cinematic Arts

We, the students of the USC School of Cinematic Arts, are formally requesting that Bryan Singer’s name be removed from our Division of Cinema and Media Studies. It is completely unacceptable that this prestigious department within our school still carries the name of Bryan Singer, a man accused multiple times of sexual harassment, assault, and pedophilia. Despite Singer’s philanthropic work for SCA, having his name attached to a division of the School of Cinematic Arts gives the impression that we, both as an institution and as members of the entertainment industry, value his financial contributions over the safety, respect and future of students. It sets a precedent of lenience for sexual criminals and further undermines the visibility and respect that victims of harassment and assault deserve. Sexual harassment and assault are prevalent issues in Hollywood, the entertainment industry, and the American workplace as a whole, and they require action to catalyze change, little by little. By continuing to associate Mr. Singer’s name with our university, USC is openly supporting a man who has been publicly accused of reprehensible sexual misconduct. As USC students and alumni, we hold ourselves to a standard of respect, and the SCA administration’s actions are not representative of that standard. We applaud USC and SCA for refusing Harvey Weinstein’s donation; however, this division name change is overdue, and it is a gross administrative error that it has been allowed to remain. It is only consistent with our institutional morality to make this change.   As students of the USC School of Cinematic Arts, we implore Dean Elizabeth Daley and the appropriate administration to change the name of the Bryan Singer Division of Cinema & Media Studies to simply the SCA Division of Cinema & Media Studies. Our university should promote education, respect, and consent, as well as prepare its students to be model members of the USC and entertainment communities, and this continued relationship with Mr. Singer publicly negates those values. With all due respect, The Students of the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California.     Adrian Vega-Albela Osorio, Division of Film and Television Production Emily Halaka, Division of Animation and Digital Arts           Ben Montez, Division of Cinema and Media Studies Jennifer Smart, Division of Cinema and Media Studies Tara Shivkumar, Division of Writing for Screen and Television Carolyn DiLoreto, Division of Media Arts + Practice Bartow Weiss, Division of Interactive Media and Games  

Emily Halaka
4,425 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to City Of Cleveland, John Kasich, Board of Greater Media Development Corporation, Mayor Frank Jackson

Elect Emmy Winning Alex Michaels the New Cleveland Film Commissioner

No doubt many of us have “Stars in our eyes” from seeing Bruce Willis and Matthew McConaughey in town. As Cleveland Cinema Czar, I definitely welcome them and any other stars and Hollywood productions here. Yet, let’s look at a more lasting relationship. While it is nice to have a pair of movies shooting in Cleveland, make no mistake, this is not creating an industry here. Some of us who depend on their over a $100K a year salary from the city in terms of grants and taxpayer money will no doubt point to this as their crowning achievement. Of course, Cleveland being a location for Hollywood movies, does bring attention here, but the jury is still out on the number of jobs it creates. Yet, if the Man in the Ivory tower at WKYC had ever produced a movie, he would know that you need to have more than tax incentives to “create an industry.” Our tax incentive pales in comparison to these places which also support studio and independent producers.  Looking down on low budget producers is not going to win one any awards either. All producers at one point and time, even the Russo Brothers, were low budget producers. There is a lot to be learned from making a movie and that is where I feel I have more skill at knowing how to create an industry here. Even if my budgets have been no or low, there is still knowledge acquired from actually producing a movie instead of just providing locations for one. I won’t ask the city for over a hundred thousand dollars a year, but I will ask for support in building a real industry here that benefits all the local filmmakers and also welcomes incoming Hollywood and indie productions from all over who can see the benefits of shooting here. I am definitely dedicated to my hometown and I have done what I can to make things happen here. Of course, the city of Cleveland is more than welcome to continue paying six figures a year for Hollywood to come here, close down some streets and if we are lucky as a crew, get a few days of work or as an actor get to be an extra (which I have done a few times). Although everyone who acts knows, another name for extras is “BACKGROUND” and that is what Cleveland has been to the Movie Industry. We are just a Background location. We want more. We can offer more. We will not get it the way we are going with some people in charge. It is time, we step out into the light. I am here. The question is, Cleveland, are you willing to support one of your own? Sincerely Alex P. Michaels

Alex Michaels
39 supporters
Update posted 3 months ago

Petition to Creative Artists Agency Los Angeles, Bryan Lourd, Alex Mebed, Paul Thomas Anderson

Bring Paul Thomas Anderson to Emerson College

I'll keep this short and simple. Paul Thomas Anderson (Boogie Nights, Magnolia, The Master) is one of the greatest auteurs of the 21st century. He's a six-time Oscar nominee and is the only person to win directing awards at all the top international film festivals (Cannes, Berlin, and Venice). His 2007 film There Will Be Blood was recently ranked by the New York Times as the best film of the 21st century so far. If for some reason you're unfamiliar with his work: Before PTA began directing features, he spent a year studying English at Emerson College and was even taught by David Foster Wallace. However, he left once Wallace left and used the money he saved to make his short film Cigarettes & Coffee. It was a hit at the 1993 Sundance Film Festival and launched his career. 25 years later, Paul Thomas Anderson's films are constantly in discussion amongst Emerson students. He has a pure sense of focus, emotion, and energy, unlike any other director. He creates characters and worlds that stick with the audience well after viewing. He also takes risks: making frogs fall from the sky, harmoniums appear out of nowhere, and even getting Mark Wahlberg to expose himself. Overall, he expresses himself and impacts his viewers in a way that all filmmakers aspire to. Emerson College already hosts bi-weekly screenings of independent films followed by discussions with the filmmakers, known as the Bright Lights Film Series. I speak on behalf of the student body in saying that we welcome Paul Thomas Anderson to join this series and come back to Emerson to host a screening/discussion of one of his films. Whether it be one of his classics or his new film set to release this Christmas, we'd love to have him share his experience, knowledge, and passion with the young artists at Emerson. If Paul Thomas Anderson or his management at Creative Artists Agency Los Angeles gets notice of this petition, please contact Anna Feder ( She is the Director of Programming in the Visual Media Arts department at Emerson College and curates the Bright Lights film series. Thank you, and please share this petition with other Emerson students and alumni!   *Cover photo is property of Port Magazine, photographed by Stefan Ruiz: *

Daniele Sestito
107 supporters