Clearance & Copyright Author Releases Much-Anticipated Follow-Up

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Donaldson + Callif Publish Independent Filmmakers Legal Bible

Authors and entertainment attorneys Michael C. Donaldson and Lisa A. Callif release the much-anticipated The American Bar Association's Legal Guide to Independent Filmmaking, the follow-up to Donaldson's Clearance & Copyright: Everything the Independent Filmmaker Needs to Know, which is used as a textbook in over 50 college and university film schools across America.

The American Bar Association's Legal Guide to Independent Filmmaking is the authoritative handbook that leads independent filmmakers through the legal morass of producing an independent film - from inception, through financing, development, principal photography, distribution, and the too-often overlooked subject of delivery. Each chapter contains a general road map for a particular phase of filmmaking, including the relevant forms. The book also includes a CD-ROM complete with the contracts, employment agreements, nondisclosure agreements, and licensing deals needed for the independent filmmaker.

"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

The book is now available for purchase at:

About the authors:
Michael C. Donaldson is an entertainment attorney who has been fighting for independent filmmakers for over 30 years. In addition to representing writers, producers and directors, he serves as General Counsel to Film Independent (home of the Independent Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival) and the Writers Guild Foundation. Michael is a founding partner of the Beverly Hills-based entertainment law firm Donaldson & Callif, where he is the industry's go-to attorney for fair use and other clearance-related issues. In appreciation for his tireless work on behalf of documentary filmmakers, the International Documentary Association (IDA) recently presented to Michael its Amicus Award, an honor granted only two other times in the IDA's 25-year history.

Lisa A. Callif is an entertainment attorney whose primary focus is on representing independent filmmakers in all aspects of their moviemaking, including financing, production and distribution. As part of her practice, Lisa does a significant amount of clearance work for documentaries as well as being one of the few attorneys in the entertainment industry to represent live theaters. Lisa has worked on such films as "This Film is Not Yet Rated," Haskell Wexler's "Who Needs Sleep," "I.O.U.S.A.," "Bigger, Stronger, Faster - The Side Effects of Being American" (all of which have premiered at the Sundance Film Festival), "The Art of the Steal," and the Oscar-nominated "Most Dangerous Man In America: The Dan Ellsberg Story." Lisa is currently working with Oliver Stone, Lawrence Bender, Davis Guggenheim and Lesley Chilcott on their documentary projects.

Marlan Willardson, MWPR


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