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Movie Censorship: Then and Now - How Hollywood fought state censors to win...

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Maggiano’s Little Italy

189 The Grove Drive

Los Angeles, California 90036

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Speaker: Jeremy Geltzer

Please join us for an evening of risqué business as we focus on the history and current state of film censorship with Jeremy Geltzer. While many industry attorneys are immersed in the mechanics of production and distribution, few appreciate how Hollywood played a vital role in expanding civil liberties and the legal interpretation of First Amendment rights.

From the earliest days of movie making, kissing couples, scantily clad boxers, and liberated female-flappers aggravated moral authorities. Today’s censorship impacts unfavorable political speech (i.e., Citizens United v. FEC), Ag Gag (i.e., Animal Legal Defense Fund v. Herbert (9th Cir., 2017)), tax credits (Machete Prods. v. Page (5th Cir., 2016)), and more. On the international stage, content regulations in China, India, and the EU even more directly impact filmmaking at major studios.

Jeremy, a long time member of the Copyright Society, has worked in house at Paramount Pictures, and on extended contracts at ABC, Amazon Studios, Lionsgate, and Warner Bros. Prior to his legal career he wrote and produced interstitial documentaries at Turner Classic Movies, interviewing classic stars such as Robert Mitchum, Jane Russell, Charleton Heston, and Ann Miller. Jeremy is the author of several books, including “Dirty Words & Filthy Pictures: Film and the First Amendment,” “Film Censorship in America: a State-By-State History,” “Latino Hollywood,” and “Race Films: Independent African American Filmmaking.”

A life long lover of movies, Jeremy promises to deliver passion for film, edgy and controversial discussion, and thought provoking legal context to First Amendment issues affecting the business of filmmaking.

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189 The Grove Drive

Los Angeles, California 90036

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