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.
PAUL THOMAS ANDERSON
SHARI SPRINGER BERMAN
FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA
GUILLERMO DEL TORO
DAVID GORDON GREEN
MATTHEW RYAN HOGE
JENNIFER JASON LEIGH
MARK AND MICHAEL POLISH