THE CREATIVE COALITION EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR ROBIN BRONK TESTIFIES BEFORE CONGRESS Calls for Protection of American Creativity

THE CREATIVE COALITION EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

ROBIN BRONK TESTIFIES BEFORE CONGRESS

Calls for Protection of American Creativity

Washington, DC (September 27, 2006):  Yesterday afternoon, Executive Director of The Creative Coalition Robin Bronk testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection on “Editing Hollywood’s Editors: Cleaning Flicks for Families.”

Ms. Bronk’s remarks to the Subcommittee addressed the practice of utilizing technology to create and distribute unauthorized edited and “sanitized” versions of films.  She said, “Movies are an American art form.  It’s not just another business.  It’s not just about money.  Yet, too often, there’s a tendency to view filmmaking that way.  We don’t seem to have this same problem when discussing literature or sculpture.  Just think how different this discussion today would be if we were talking about for-profit companies censoring America’s great novels to subjectively take out material that someone found to be objectionable.  Moviemakers are artists, and the creative choices that they make are at the heart of their artistic expression.  And artistic expression is the cornerstones of American culture.”

The Creative Coalition is the leading 501(c)(3) nonprofit, nonpartisan social and public advocacy organization of the arts and entertainment community.  Founded in 1989 by prominent members of the creative community, The Creative Coalition is dedicated to educating its members on issues of public importance, primarily the First Amendment, public education and arts advocacy.  Headquartered in New York City, The Creative Coalition also has offices in Washington, DC, Los Angeles and San Francisco. The Creative Coalition does not endorse or raise funds for political parties or candidates.

For Ms. Bronk’s full testimony, please go to www.TheCreativeCoalition.org

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Barbara Horvath

The Creative Coalition
212-614-2527 (direct)
bhorvath@thecreativecoalition.org

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