We are holding a rally to support legal action to help end the current subsidy race that is damaging the Visual Effects and Film industries. These subsidies are a form of corporate welfare used by Hollywood producers to game various governments against each other. These actions have led to a bidding war between governments that maximizes the amount of free taxpayer money for Hollywood productions that end up making billions of dollars. At the same time, this has unknowingly cost taxpayers billions.
This has also heavily distorted the playing field for work in the industry and has injured many of the businesses and the professionals who work behind the scenes. Many businesses have had to close or move to subsidized locations. Many professionals have suffered job loss, cycles of displacement, bankruptcy and foreclosures as they have been forced to chase work around the world.
We have attained the help of a Washington DC-based law firm that specializes in international trade to challenge subsidies in the US Court of International Trade. If the panel of judges and Department of Commerce agrees with us that we have the support of the domestic visual effects industry and it is indeed being harmed by international subsidies, a mandatory duty will be levied against producers who utilize these harmful subsidies. This would discipline the system and level the playing field. Presidential or Congressional approval is not needed.
You can read more about our legal findings here.
Parking: There are many metered and paid parking locations in the area.
Subway: The Hollywood and Vine stop can easily be accessed from the Metro Red Line.
Carpool: Want to share a ride to the rally? Visit this google document to join a rideshare.
Twitter: Keep track of the latest updates by viewing the official twitter hashtag for the event: #VFXMarch
Facebook: Invite your friends and colleagues to the rally and post photos.
Photos: You can view and use photos from today's event here. Please contact and credit Aaron Kupferman: aaron AT electricreality DOT com