A three-judge panel for the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in New York has granted Joe Berlinger, director of the documentary Crude, a stay on a subpoena order that would have Berlinger turn over 600 hours of footage to oil company Chevron. The three-judge panel ruled that the stay would last until the expedited appeal hearing, for which arguments are expected to take place in July. Chevron is currently embroiled in a legal battle with representatives for indigenous Ecuadorians who allege that Texaco (now owned by Chevron) polluted their water, and the company maintains there is material within the footage that is relevant to its case. Meanwhile, in an op-ed in the Huffington Post, Robert Redford added his voice to the chorus of support for Berlinger coming from the documentary community and beyond.
- WCSFP ’18