Petition to LucasFilm, The Walt Disney Company, Kathleen Kennedy, Rian Johnson
Lucasfilm, Please Give Carrie Fisher Top Billing in Star Wars: Episode VIII
Dear Kathleen Kennedy, Rian Johnson, and Star Wars Episode VIII Producers at Lucasfilm, There are few words to adequately express the grief most of the world is feeling in the wake of Carrie Fisher's passing. As you know to many people she was much more than a character, but an inspiration. An extremely talented and complicated woman on more levels that can be represented here. As Kathleen Kennedy so elequently herself stated: “Carrie also defined the female hero of our age over a generation ago. Her groundbreaking role as Princess Leia served as an inspiration of power and confidence for young girls everywhere.” What is evident in this challenging era of recognizing equal pay and representation for women in Hollywood and in other professions around the world is that Carrie Fisher, and the character she portrayed meant so much to so many people. Yet Carrie herself was always given less of a billing than her male co-stars. Even when her role was more substantial and encompassed more lines and work involved. Case in point: Carrie Fisher has always received third billing in Star Wars. In Episode VII it was behind both Harrison Ford and Mark Hammill even though Ford and Hamill's billings were reversed from their original trilogy order. However, despite having no dialogue and being in the film for only one scene Hamill still received second billing over Fisher. With Ford out of the saga, that leaves both Hammill and Fisher as the only two remaining of the original trio of actors to headline Star Wars: Episode VIII. There is a unique opportunity for Lucasfilm to right this wrong. To set an example that lives up to both Carrier Fishers legacy, and to honor the gravity and importance of the beloved character she has portrayed. On behalf of Star Wars fans everywhere I humbly request that Kathleen Kennedy, Mark Hammill, and Rian Johnson, do something unprecedented in Star Wars history: Please honor Carrie Fisher by giving her Top Billing in Star Wars: Episode VIII, her final film.
Petition to US Embassy in Tirana, US Department of State, Ministria e Kultures, Hollywood Industry
New modern movie in Hollywood for Albanian National Hero, George Kastriot Scanderbeg.
“We are pleading to the U.S. Embassy in Tirana, to support our initiative directed to the cinematographic companies in Hollywood, in requesting them to produce a modern movie for our national hero, George Kastriot Scanderbeg, on the occasion of the Jubilee Year, 550 years from his death. Recall, that the only movie for Him, produced by the Soviet Union (our ex-fellow), dates 64 years before.” “I lutemi Ambasadës së Sh.B.A. në Tiranë, të mbështesë nismën tonë drejtuar kompanive kinematografike në Hollywood, për t’ju kërkuar prodhimin e një filmi bashkëkohor për heroin tonë kombëtar, Gjergj Kastriot Skënderbeut, me rastin e Vitit Jubilar, 550 vjet nga vdekja e tij. Kujtesë, që i vetmi film ndaj Tij, prodhuar nga (ish-miqtë tanë) Bashkimi Sovjetik, daton 64 vite më parë.”
Petition to Richard L. Gelfond, Greg Foster, IMAX , Edwards Irvine Spectrum 21 IMAX & RPX, Regal Entertainment Group
Help Save the IMAX 70MM Film Projector at 'Edwards Irvine Spectrum'!
Hello, I am an aspiring film editor who is inspired greatly by IMAX. 'Edwards Irvine Spectrum 21 IMAX & RPX’ has been the home of a true 8 Story Tall IMAX 70MM Film screen and projector ever since it’s grand opening in 1995. I remember my first movie going experience was in that theater in IMAX while watching Disney’s “Fantasia 2000” on IMAX 70MM Film when it opened in 1999; and ever since then I have never looked at going to the movies the same ever again! I bring up this pressing issue because I’m very close with the IMAX division at the theater and I have heard that by the end of 2018 the IMAX 70MM Film projector will be completely disassembled and discarded out of the this historic theater; reason being that staff feels in training new hires with the skills required to thread and project film is a waste of time. Case in point, I've helped out at certain IMAX installations at this location through my love of the format and experience in my filmmaking career. Only two members at the location know how to thread and properly set up IMAX 70MM Film Prints and honestly, through my eyes, have just come to be lazy about it. It's very disappointing for me to have learn about this, as I'm sure it is for you the reader. The IMAX Theatre at ‘Irvine Spectrum’ has been the hotspot to the biggest movie going events and openings of all time. With the release of “The Dark Knight”, the first commercial Hollywood film to shoot select sequences with IMAX 70MM Film Cameras, this theater in particular made people aware of IMAX’s true potential and the most incredible way to watch movies; when shot with an IMAX 70MM Film Camera. And ever since then, IMAX 70MM Film releases (such as “The Dark Knight Rises”, “Interstellar”, “Star Trek: Into Darkness”, “Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol”, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”, “Dunkirk”, and much much) more saw filmgoers driving from the Los Angeles and San Diego areas for these true IMAX screenings. ‘Edwards Irvine Spectrum 21 IMAX & RPX’ has even hosted guests who have traveled from out of state to experience the biggest films shot with IMAX Cameras. Los Angeles houses an IMAX 70MM Film Projector at ‘AMC At Universal City Walk’. But the issue with that location is that it’s IMAX screen is almost half the actual size and it does not give an audience the true geometry of the IMAX Experience. IMAX was founded upon the principle of filming and presenting IMAX captured films to its truest and highest quality form; even if shot with a digital IMAX camera or simply an IMAX DMR conversion. With all of these digital IMAX or ‘LieMAX’ screens taking over the industry, these new generation of moviegoers are being cheated out of experiencing the truest and most beautiful way to experience movies in IMAX. As a filmmaker myself, I can truly relate to my fellow filmmakers who really appreciate celluloid film, especially IMAX 70MM Film, and how beautiful and rich an actual celluloid film presentation is. IMAX 70MM Film is still scientifically the highest resolution you can film and present movies in; even beyond the state of the art digital presentations. I’ve been very lucky to obtain some very special IMAX 70MM Prints over time and I have to tell you all that it’s a true privilege to preserve these beautiful pieces of art that these theaters and employees treat the IMAX format as if it's a waste of time and irrelevant. Myself, my fellow filmmakers, IMAX fans, and especially the O.G. employees at IMAX, know the importance of preserving IMAX 70MM Film for generations to come! So please stand with me and don’t let one of the very few last true IMAX 70MM Film projectors and screens be taken away from arguably the most famous IMAX theater in Southern California; and from an audience that truly respects and appreciates it’s majesty! Please sign and share; and please help prevent this horrible incident from occurring in the cinematic and moviegoing community!
Petition to Viacom, CBS
Boycott all Sony products and media productions and save Spider-Man
Disney and Sony have fallen out of their agreement regarding creative control and Spider-man films as they relate to the Marvel Studios "Cinematic Universe". It is up to the fans to vote with their dollars on what content we wish to purchase, and we have shown that the Marvel Studios being a the leader of the creative process resulted in Spider-man Homecoming and Spider-man's presence in both Infinity War and Endgame to be fantastic as portrayed by Tom Holland. If you wish for Sony to renegotiate with Disney so that Kevin Feige and the team at Marvel Studios can continue on the path of including Spider-man in the MCU, please sign this petition and pledge yourself to BOYCOTT ALL SONY PRODUCTS and productions until a contract reflecting our desire as consumers is inked. Thank you. Please feel free to share on social media and within the discussion on Change.org Petitions of the same topic. Link: http://chng.it/XcgX27NR
Petition to Royal film commission
Ban Kabreet production in Jordanمنع شركة كبريت للانتاج الفني من التصوير في الاردن
في الاسابيع الماضيه و بعد اطلاق مسلسل نيتفلكس الاصلي "جن" عصفت مواقع التواصل الاجتماعي بالمنشورات المندده والسلبيه بالمسلسل الذي احتوى مشاهد مثيره للجدل و لا تنسجم مع المجتمعات العربيه المحافظه. و لسوء الحظ قامت الشركة اللبنانيه "كبريت للانتاج الفني" متمثله بكل من كريستيان بو شعيا و لوسيان بو شعيا و ميرجان بو شعيا و التي تولت انتاج العمل في الاردن بتجاهل و عدم احترام المجتمع الاردني بشكل خاص والعربي بشكل عام في المنتج النهائي. مما سبب الاستياء الشعبي و العاصفه التي لا تزال اثارها واضحه على مواقع التواصل الاجتماعي و على ارض الواقع تجاه العاملين في مجال صناعة الافلام, تلك الصناعه التي كانت الملاذ الامن للكثير من شركات الانتاج العالميه و الافلام التي حازت على الكثير من الجوائز, كما و شجعت السياحه على مختلف الاصعده, كما هو الحال مع افلام مثلTransformers و The Martian و Aladdin والكثير غيرها من الافلام التي ادرت على الاردن بملايين الدولارات و وفرت فرص عمل و الدخل للعاملين في مجال صناعة الافلام و المجتمع المحلي.تصرف شركة كبريت الذي لا يقال عنه غير انه كان ساذج و غير مسؤول ادى الى سلسله من ردود الفعل السلبيه و الساخطه في الاردن في مجال صناعة الافلام و على صانعوا الافلام الاردنيين مما سبب حالة من الركود في صناعه دامت اكثر من 35 عام. الكثير من التقارير و الشكاوي ارتفعت بسبب اهمال هذه الشركة الدخيله و من اهمها ما يلياولا: انعدام الثقه بين المجتمع المحلي و صانعوا الافلام بعد سنوات من التعامل و التعاونفيما بينهم و خاصة في منطقة جنوب الاردن في وادي رم والبتراء والذان يشكلان 70% من المواقع التي يتم التصوير فيها للافلام العالميه.ثانيا: اصبح هناك سلسله طويله من الاجرائات المعقده لمنح اذن للتصوير مما يعيق و يعقد عملية الحصول على تصاريح التصوير في المواقع الاثريه و التي تشكل 70% من المواقع المستهدفه للتصوير في الاردن كما ذكرنا سابقا.ثالثا: بعض التقارير تفيد انه تم فرض مبالغ ماليه مهوله على المنتجين المحليين كتأمين في حال حصول اية مخالفات في هذه المواقع الاثريه تحديدا او مواقع التصوير عموما, و يأتي هذا التأمين على شكل شيك يتم توقيعه من قبل المنتج المحليرابعا: الكثير من المشاريع حاليا يتم الغائها او تأجيل تصويرها في الاردن كردة فعل للتعقيدات المذكوره سابقا مما يؤثر سلبا على العاملين في المجال, حيث يعتمد صانعوا الافلام على هذا الموسم كمصدر لدخلهم و قوت اسرهم على مدار .السنه و لخوفنا و حرصنا على المحافظه على هذه الحرفه والتي تعد عمله نادره في المنطقه و حفاظا و حمايتا للعاملين في مجال صناعة الافلام في الاردن و لضمان عدم المساس بكرامتهم ولا قوت يومهم, نطالب الهيئه الملكيه للافلام بمنع شركة كبريت من العمل او التصوير في الاردن في المستقبل, و يأتي ذلك ردا على الضرر و الاذى الذي الحقته هذه الشركه في مجالنا في الاردن, مع العلم ان الشركة ذاتها الحقت الكثير من الاضرار خلال فترة التصوير في العام الماضي بالعاملين في صناعة الافلام الاردنيين بسبب افتقارها لابسط مفاهيم الحرفيه و الاحترام في هذه الصناعه و العاملين فيها و ثقافة الشعب الاردني العظيم. In the past few week after the release of Netflix’s original show, a social media storm took over Jordan spreading lot’s of hate and negativity against the show for containing controversial scenes and ideologies that people didn’t agree with. unfortunately the Lebanese company “Kabreet productions” represented by Christian Bou Chaaya, Lucien Bou Chaaya, Mir-Jean Bou Chaaya who Produced the show, didn’t respect the Jordanian culture or traditions in the final product and that sparked the social media and national anger toward the film making industry in Jordan, an industry that has been established as a safe haven for blockbuster productions and film making tourism for many films such as “Transformers, The Martian, Aladdin” And has resulted in millions of dollars in taxes, income to local communities and crew, and generating hundreds of work opportunities for the Jordanian youth. “Kabreet productions” irresponsible actions have led into a chain reaction in the community and the industry that if not addressed will create a huge set back in an industry that has served the film making world for over 35 years. lots of reports and complains has been raised in the film making community such as: - Local communities losing trust and faith in film makers after years of cooperation in south of Jordan specially in Petra and wadi rum which forms more that 70% on the locations scouted and desired for most blockbuster production. - New paperwork and procedures have been created that is slowing down and complicates the process of applying for location permits for Touristic locations. - Some reports claim a new system that requires the local producers who are asking for the permits to sign a check with unrealistic numbers as an insurance to secure permits to Touristic locations. - Lot’s of productions are canceling or postponing filming in Jordan due to the difficulties they are facing, that have affected the local crew and industry as they count on this high session as the main income throughout the year. Out of fear over our local film making industry and to protect our local crew, we call out to the royal film commotion to the ban/blacklist of “Kabreet productions” from operating and filming in Jordan in the future as a response to the hurt and damage been caused by them, knowing that the same said company also created lot’s of problems and losses to the local crew last year due to their lack of working ethics and respect to the Jordanian film making industry and culture.
Petition to Kevin Heffernan and Steve Lemme, TruTV
Shoot Tacoma FD in Tacoma WA and not LA. (And hire local talent/crew)
FILM IN WASHINGTON! Washington State has plenty of talent and crew and AUTHENTICITY! The Seattle/Tacoma area has a lot to offer to the show with its own quirkiness and style. We are asking Tacoma FD to shoot in Tacoma Wa! Put Tacoma on the map! See article here: https://www.thenewstribune.com/news/local/article226148945.html Thank you, Amanda Drewniak, EP Ardor Creative Media
Petition to WarnerMedia
Keep FilmStruck Alive
FilmStruck is a streaming service dedicated to preserving film history and providing an outlet for film lovers all over the world to open their eyes and experience films they may never have experienced otherwise. With a master team of curators and presenters, they have gotten to showcase films that will likely never find a home on any other streaming platform, with incredible "Star of the Week" and "Director of the Week" selections, exploring the cinema of genres and movements around the world, and, most recently, they've curated invaluable series of films directed by women and LGBT filmmakers. They have given cinephiles an indispensable resource for appreciating cinema, and provided so much joy to all those who thought that many of these movies would never see the light of a streaming platform. And on November 29, 2018, just two years after they opened up shop, they are going to be shut down. FilmStruck was always advertised as a "niche market," but this goes beyond mere demographics and streaming numbers. This was not about creating the next Netflix or Hulu, this was about preserving the art of film from all walks of life through the years. As physical media slowly dies off, film lovers all over the world wonder what's going to happen to their favorite classic films, their favorite rare art-house wonders, and their favorite international movies. FilmStruck was a welcome breath of fresh air from the homogeneity of all other streaming services, and made us think for a brief while that perhaps these films would be able to have a home on streaming. The decision of large corporations to shut out large parts of their film library to the general public, whether through discontinuing DVDs, letting film prints rot in a basement somewhere, or removing them from streaming services, has massive ramifications for the future of preservation. Right now, there are archives all over the country racing to digitize hundreds of thousands of films before they break down and are inevitably lost forever. But if there is no place to share these films, what good will it do? Warner Bros. has one of the most storied histories in all of Hollywood. They single-handedly brought an entire industry to its knees with its unwavering faith in sound, they made tough, realistic pictures during the Depression, and gave us some of the most legendary screen idols from Bette Davis to Humphrey Bogart. If they don't preserve their own history and keep their legacy alive for future audiences, what hope is there for any of the great films of previous generations? FilmStruck is not just a niche market, it is a massive archive dedicated to keeping art of the past alive, much in the way a museum keeps artists from centuries ago alive. It deserves to live, not only to provide an outlet for film lovers of the past but also to create new fans through the next several generations, and perhaps open some more eyes along the way. #SaveFilmStruck