Pencils Down! The 100 Days of the Writers Guild Strike (Available Now)
Documentary /USA/ 2014
Director: Brian S. Kalata
Starring: Alan Rosenberg, Justine Bateman, Patric Verrone, John Bowman, Harlan Ellison, Howard Rodman, Christopher Knopf, Ken LaZebnik, Jonathan Fernandez, Kai Bowe, Jason Ross, and Peter Hankoff
In 2007 the Writers Guild of America (WGA), the screenwriters union, hit an impasse in their contract negotiations with the Studios. At the center of the dispute was jurisdiction over the Internet. Unable to make progress, the WGA called a strike which brought Hollywood film and television production to a halt for 100 Days.
Pencils Down! The 100 Days of the Writers Guild Strike chronicles the events leading up to the writers decision to strike, events that occurred during the strike, and the impact the strike has had on the entertainment industry even today.
A blend of ground level strike footage, one-on-one interviews with key industry figures, and historical Hollywood footage, the film not only explores the historical components surrounding the decision to grind Hollywood to a 100 day standstill, but also examines the issues in terms of the relevance for today’s entertainment workers and those coming into the industry in the future.
Co-Producer: Sherri L