Letter to Jack Valenti and the MPAA

TO JACK VALENTI

AND THE MOTION PICTURE ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA

Many great films, and in particular films that take risks, rely on critical acclaim and, when the film is fortunate enough, Academy consideration to reach a broad audience. The MPAA decision to ban screeners irreparably damages the chances of such films: films that already have a difficult enough time finding financing and distribution. As creative artists, we stand up for these films and oppose the MPAA’s creation of an unwarranted obstacle to their reaching the audience they deserve — and of course require, in order to exist.

If riskier films can not be made, the public is ultimately left with fewer choices and the entire film community is left with fewer filmmakers whose work enriches the medium and the art.

We condemn piracy, but are unconvinced that material links exist between screeners and the illegal industry of pirating our work — and the work of our colleagues. Nor are we convinced, to the degree that a link between screeners and piracy can be made, that alternatives to combat piracy have been sufficiently or legitimately explored.

It has been said that we in the film industry are honor-bound to go along with this ban. We believe that as filmmakers, we are honor-bound to oppose it.

We ask that the MPAA repeal its decision immediately.

MICHAEL ALMEREYDA

PEDRO ALMODÓVAR

ROBERT ALTMAN

ALLISON ANDERS

PAUL THOMAS ANDERSON

WES ANDERSON

GREGG ARAKI

DARREN ARONOFSKY

MIGUEL ARTETA

SHARI SPRINGER BERMAN

BERNARDO BERTOLUCCI

JOHN BOORMAN

TONY BUI

EDWARD BURNS

STEVE BUSCEMI

JEZ BUTTERWORTH

PATRICIA CARDOSO

MICHAEL CATON-JONES

PETER CATTANEO

LISA CHOLODENKO

MARK CHRISTOPHER

JOEL COEN

BILL CONDON

FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA

SOFIA COPPOLA

DAVID CRONENBERG

VONDIE CURTIS-HALL

JOHN DAHL

FRANK DARABONT

ANDREW DAVIS

MARK DECENA

GUILLERMO DEL TORO

JONATHAN DEMME

ATOM EGOYAN

NORA EPHRON

JIM FALL

TODD FIELD

MIKE FIGGIS

JAMES FOLEY

JODIE FOSTER

STEPHEN FREARS

STEPHEN FRY

BRIAN GILBERT

TERRY GILLIAM

JONATHAN GLAZER

MICHEL GONDRY

TODD GRAFF

DAVID GORDON GREEN

ULU GROSBARD

STEPHEN GYLLENHAAL

PHILIP HAAS

LASSE HALLSTRÖM

CATHERINE HARDWICKE

MARY HARRON

PETER HEDGES

MONTE HELLMAN

CHARLES HERMAN-WURMFELD

MICHAEL HOFFMAN

MATTHEW RYAN HOGE

PETER HOWITT

JOHN IRVIN

JAMES IVORY

MICK JACKSON

JIM JARMUSCH

TAMARA JENKINS

NORMAN JEWISON

SPIKE JONZE

MOISÉS KAUFMAN

PHILIP KAUFMAN

WAYNE KRAMER

NEIL LABUTE

RICHARD LAGRAVENESE

ANG LEE

JENNIFER JASON LEIGH

MIKE LEIGH

BARRY LEVINSON

DOUG LIMAN

RICHARD LINKLATER

SIDNEY LUMET

DAVID LYNCH

JONATHAN LYNN

KEVIN MACDONALD

ALISON MACLEAN

DAVID MAMET

MICHAEL MAYER

TOM MCCARTHY

ROSS MCELWEE

SCOTT MCGEHEE

DOUGLAS MCGRATH

PETER MEDAK

ISMAIL MERCHANT

ERROL MORRIS

CHRISTOPHER MÜNCH

MIRA NAIR

MIKE NEWELL

THADDEUS O’SULLIVAN

RAOUL PECK

KIMBERLY PEIRCE

MARK PELLINGTON

ARTHUR PENN

JESSE PERETZ

MARK AND MICHAEL POLISH

SYDNEY POLLACK

SALLY POTTER

ALEX PROYAS

ROBERT PULCINI

SAM RAIMI

ROBERT REDFORD

TIM ROBBINS

ROBERT RODRIGUEZ

MARK ROMANEK

ALAN RUDOLPH

JAY RUSSELL

WALTER SALLES

NANCY SAVOCA

FRED SCHEPISI

JULIAN SCHNABEL

PAUL SCHRADER

BARBET SCHROEDER

MARTIN SCORSESE

STEVEN SHAINBERG

JIM SHERIDAN

DAVID SIEGEL

KEVIN SMITH

IAIN SOFTLEY

PETER SOLLETT

JILL SPRECHER

FISHER STEVENS

JULIE TAYMOR

JEREMY THOMAS

JOHN TURTURRO

TOM TYKWER

THOMAS VINTERBERG

JOHN WATERS

FRANK WHALEY

FOREST WHITAKER

TOD WILLIAMS

MICHAEL WINTERBOTTOM

BOAZ YAKIN

NEIL YOUNG

TERRY ZWIGOFF

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