The SXSW 2007 Emerging Visions Audience Award Winner, Bill Haney’s The Price of Sugar, seems to have created a little controversy in Denver. According to the blog of the Denver Film Society’s Brit Withey, the organization (which operates the Starz Film Center multiplex) has received a letter regarding the Oscar-shortlisted documentary. The doc will open, as scheduled, this weekend. From Brit’s blog:
This morning our office received a letter from the law firm Patton Boggs informing us that a lawsuit was underway against Bill Haney and his production company Uncommon Productions by Grupo Vicini asking to cease and desist any further screenings of the film. Included was a copy of a cease and desist letter from Patton Boggs to Bill Haney and copies of 24 pages of the complaint filed against Haney and Uncommon Pictures in the United States District Court of Boston. The legal action has been reported earlier this year by The Los Angeles Times (among other stories which can be read here and here.)
Just to be clear, the letter from Patton Boggs isn’t asking us to do anything, but is apparently just letting us know that they and their clients feel that the film is defamatory, inaccurate and intentionally misleading.