sins of commission

 

 
 
about the film sins of commission

Posts Tagged ‘United States Constitution’

California Coastal Commission- Sins of Commission- What’s At Stake

Sunday, June 21st, 2009

These are my thoughts on something very un-American… Censorship.

The California Coastal Commission is demanding I produce a work print and raw footage from a film not yet finished. I say this is a violation of the First Amendment.

I wrote my guild, The International Cinematographer’s Guild, the American Society of Cinematographers, the Writers Guild of America, the Directors Guild of America, the Producers Guild of America, and Screen Actor’s Guild alerting them to the gravity of my situation.

What world our world be like if the government censored ON THE WATERFRONT

or FAHRENHEIT 451 -


or any other controversial film.

What happens to the least of us inevitably happens to the most of us - over time.

The suppression of free speech through intimidating legal efforts such as serving you with a subpoena and demanding a copy of a film … and additionally requesting all of your production records is an interesting story of overreaching abuse of power on their part. This story needs to be told to the largest possible audience. It appears that another chapter in the Sins story is being written.

-Jim L

It is vitally important to a free American process that controversial films like SINS OF COMMISSION exist.

The California Coastal Commission doesn’t think so - especially when they are the focus of investigation. Why? because they don’t want you to connect the dots like we did to a crumbling California economy due to fires like the Santa Barbara Fire, and other destructive, anti-people policies.

They don’t want the people of  Californians to ask questions like, why hasn’t anyone taken a weed-wacker to the overgrown brush?

They don’t want you to find they play a big role in destroying infrastructure along the coast,  because if we improve water lines, and sewers, or put in a new high school in Half Moon Bay for instance, that would mean more people might move there.

Can it be that the California Coastal Commission doesn’t want people to live along the coast?

It will be interesting to see if California Coastal Commission trumps the United States Constitution or not.

Given California courts record involving the Triple C and recent attempt to go squash the filming of an inspection by a commission on private property - jury is out on this one as they say.

I’m intending to vigorously defend our right to free speech, and free press - and invite everyone to join me.

I believe the CALIFORNIA COASTAL COMMISSION’s request is unconstitutional and believe I have a right to politely, and firmly refuse to comply on the basis of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.

Support SINS OF COMMISSION, documentary film, and Freedom of Speech with a tax-deductible donation to our fiscal sponsor the International Documentary Association, a 501 c3 non profit foundation dedicated to promoting and preserving documentary film.

California Coastal Commission - Dastardly Villains Strike Again

Wednesday, April 8th, 2009

Dan and Denise Sterling plus their four children have been living in a mobile home since buying their land a decade ago, while attempting to secure a building permit for an approximately 6,000 square-foot home.

From a legal perspective, what the Coastal Commission is demanding is flat-out unconstitutional

-David Breemer, Pacific Legal Foundation

The Commission should abide by the United States Constitution. The Supreme Court’s doctrine on this issue has been well-settled for 20 years, when PLF beat the Coastal Commission in Nollan.

The Coastal Commission seems determined not to give us a fair shake. We spent two years trying to do everything the staff of the Coastal Commission asked, but nothing was enough. What’s really happening here is that we’re being forced to give this land over as a park or open space for the community, but we still pay taxes on it, and are still responsible for the other liabilities of property ownership

-Dan Sterling

The U.S. Supreme Court has clearly said that governments can’t use the building permit process to extort property from the permit applicant.

The Commission is exploiting the Sterlings’ permit application as an opportunity to seize property from the Sterlings - without paying a penny for the vast agricultural easement the Commission wants - and that’s illegal.

-David Breemer, Pacific Legal Foundation



 
 
Subscribe for Updates
First name
E-mail
 
facebook international documentary association imdb youtube