Re: [Videolib] Trying again, "When the Levees Broke" PPR

Jessica Rosner (jrosner@kino.com)
Tue, 09 Jan 2007 13:50:09 -0500

It is very probable that she is.
There has been a longstanding issue with HBO in particular on PPR
The problem has to do with guild contracts etc
Public Performance has the legal equivalent of theatrical and non theatrical
showings. To the best of my knowledge this film did not play theatrically
It would cost more for the producers to clear these rights and they
generally have little incentive to do so in terms of financial gain
This is very similar to thousands of films out on VHS or DVD but which you
can not without either an insane amount of money or time get PPR on
Again I can NOT be certain this is the case with this film but it would not
be surprising.

On 1/9/07 11:44 AM, "Marilyn Huntley" <mhuntley@hamilton.edu> wrote:

> Hello all,
> This movie, "When the Levees Broke," was a 2006 HBO production,
> directed by Spike Lee. I've been asked to find out about PPR. When
> Matt Bailey asked this same question on Videolib in November, he says
> he didn't receive any positive answers.
>
> The DVD has been released and is available from HBO themselves,
> Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble, etc., but those are home-use copies.
> The woman I spoke with at the HBO online store today didn't sound
> entirely certain when she told me there's no public-performance
> distributor. Should I believe her? If anyone has recent information
> (positive or negative) about PPR, I'd greatly appreciate hearing from you.
>
> Thanks in advance.
> Marilyn Huntley
>
>
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