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NY Times: Filmmakers and Others Petition Against Smithsonian’s Showtime Deal

NY Times: Filmmakers and Others Petition Against Smithsonian's Showtime Deal

As the recent coupling between the Smithsonian Institution and Showtime Networks continues to roil the documentary film world, more than 215 filmmakers, television executives and academics have signed a letter demanding that the Smithsonian, a publicly financed museum, not only reveal financial details of the joint venture but also abandon it. The signers of the letter, delivered yesterday to a Smithsonian official, include the filmmakers Michael Moore (“Fahrenheit 9/11“), R. J. Cutler (“The War Room“) and Alex Gibney (“Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room“); the actress and writer Anna Deavere Smith (“Twilight: Los Angeles“); the law professor Lawrence Lessig; and Jacoba Atlas, a senior PBS executive. Lorne Manly reports.

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