Welcome! Login | Register
 

Do You Get “Do-Overs” in Politics?—Sunday Political Brunch - July 22, 2018—Do You Get “Do-Overs” in Politics? -- Sunday…

The Portland Trail Blazers Won! With A Bunch Of NBA Players…—The Portland Trail Blazers Won! With A Bunch…

McCain Calls Trump’s Meeting & Press Conference With Putin “Disgraceful”—McCain Calls Trump's Meeting & Press Conference With…

The Politics of Finesse, 2018 Style - The Sunday Political Brunch - July 15—The Politics of Finesse, 2018 Style - The…

Trump Names Kavanaugh To United States Supreme Court—Trump Names Kavanaugh To United States Supreme Court

You CAN Stop Emotional Eating – Here’s How—You CAN Stop Emotional Eating – Here’s How

The Best Running Gear You Can Buy—The Best Running Gear You Can Buy

“Come See About Me” - The Supreme Court Picks—Sunday Political Brunch July 8, 2018—“Come See About Me” - The Supreme Court…

The Politics of Civility - or the Lack Thereof—Sunday Political Brunch July 1, 2018—The Politics of Civility - or the Lack…

Guest MINDSETTER™ York: Toxic Social Media Influencers As A Catalyst For Violence—Guest MINDSETTER™ York: Toxic Social Media Influencers As…

 
 

NEW: Portland Filmmaker: Sony Gives Into Tyranny of Internet Hackers

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

 

James Franco and Seth Rogen, the stars of The Interview

It’s the best press a film production company could ever hope for, according to one Portland film maker.

Sony’s decision to cancel its release of the controversial film “The Interview” comes after cancellations by both Regal Cinemas and AMC, following threats from hackers.

A Portland screening Dec. 18 was cancelled Wednesday.

The show, from comedy powerhouses Seth Rogen and James Franco, centers around a CIA plot to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Over a terrabyte worth of Sony emails (just under 80 iPhone 6’s worth of data) leaked by anonymous hackers generated buzz in the lead-up to screenings country wide.

“It’s a horrible precedent they’re setting,” said Portland Film Festival Executive Director Josh Leake. “Letting the tyranny of crazy internet hackers determine what we can watch.”

Leak emphasized the plot is a comedy, “not like somebody is trying to communicate their honest feelings.”

Although ultimately a business decision, the move brings the issue of free speech into question, Leake says.

“For us as movie makers its unfortunate that an anonymous person can halt the screening of a film,” he said.

He said a corporate entity should not view the threats as a real danger to the public.
“Personally if I was the producer of this film, I would stick it up on VOD (video on demand),” he said. Still, Leake is urging consumers not to bootleg the film.

Follow meetup.com/portlandfilm for updates on the launch.

Read Sony's full statement here: 

 

Enjoy this post? Share it with others.

 

X

Stay Connected — Free
Daily Email