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The American Bar Association's Legal Guide to Independent Filmmaking

Co-sponsored by the ABA Forum on Entertainment and Sports Law
The American Bar Association's Legal Guide to Independent Filmmaking
Product Code: 1620457
Authors: Lisa A. Callif, Michael C. Donaldson
Publication Date: October 2010
ISBN: 978-1-61632-044-7
Page Count: 220
Trim Size: 7 x 10
Sponsoring Entities: ABA Book Publishing, Forum Committee on Entertainment and Sports Industries
Topics: Entertainment & Sports Law, Management / Organizational Skills, Reference
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About The American Bar Association's Legal Guide to Independent Filmmaking

The American Bar Association's Legal Guide to Independent Filmmaking is the authoritative handbook you need to lead you through the legal morass of producing an independent film, from the moment you get the crazy idea to do such a thing, through financing, development, principal photography, distribution, and the too-often overlooked subject of delivery. Each chapter contains a general road map for the phase of filmmaking covered by that chapter, including the relevant forms and contracts, which come with plenty of explanatory info and some select negotiating tips.

This Legal Guide to Independent Filmmaking is perfect for entertainment and intellectual property lawyers; art, design, trade, and law schools; and burgeoning artists with an idea, in need of a guide to get them to inception. Its a practical, prescriptive form book for legal professionals and burgeoning filmmakers and includes a CD-ROM with all the contracts, employment and nondisclosure agreements, and licensing deals you'll need.
What Others Are Saying...

"Donaldson & Callif helped us navigate the tricky waters of getting "I'm Still Here" made and insured so we could secure distribution. They know every corner of entertainment law, every shade of grey."
-Casey Affleck, Actor/Director

"This invaluable and detailed guide is such a perennial resource, you'll want to thank the book for not charging you by the hour."
-Eddie Schmidt, President, International Documentary Association / Producer ("This Film Is Not Yet Rated")

"Every filmmaker needs a copy of this book, because it solves problems before they start. Thank you, Michael and Lisa!"
-Pat Aufderheide, University Professor, School of Communication, American University

"Donaldson & Callif really helped me and my team get through a lot of complicated legal issues on "Countdown to Zero." Much thanks to you!"
-Lawrence Bender, Producer ("Inglourious Basterds," "Kill Bill," "Inconvenient Truth")

"I love working with Donaldson & Callif. They take a really practical approach to resolving legal issues, which is reflected in this book."
"Adrian Grenier, Actor/Director

"I highly recommend this book to all filmmakers. It's filled with really useful forms and negotiating tips."
-Jason Blum, Producer ("Paranormal Activity")

"This book makes clear what can be awfully daunting for any filmmaker. And - in a time when taking control of the destiny of one's film is more critical than ever - this book can be a filmmaker's lifesaver."
-Dawn Hudson, Executive Director, Film Independent

"Short of hiring Donaldson and Callif, this book is a filmmaker's best way to learn all the varied legal strategies involved in making movies; as such it is a veritable road map for both the novice and the experienced professional who requires up-to-date legal facts and forms, as well as expert professional legal advice. "
-Frank P. Tomasulo, Ph.D., Adjunct Full Professor, Independent Film, City College of New York, City University of New York