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FLC provides individual representation to independent filmmakers and visual journalists, and offers legal resources to educate and empower visual advocates.LEARN MORE
FLC collaborates with organizations and partners around the country, hosting trainings and educational sessions for filmmakers.LEARN MORE
Targeted initiatives addressing filmmakers’ urgent needs on a range of legal issues.LEARN MORE
FLC highlights important films, by hosting panel discussions, interactive events, and post-screening Q&As.LEARN MORE
Making A Film
Bronx Filmmakers Collective
FLC’s Director Michelle Greenberg-Kobrin hosted a lecture and discussion about employment contracts in the film industry, focusing on cast and crew and non-union contracts, for members of TBxF.
The Last Blockbuster
This fun, quirky documentary tells the history of the company Blockbuster from its founding in Dallas, Texas in 1985 to its current, diminished state—with one franchised store remaining open in Bend, Oregon. The film premiered on Netflix.
Huriyyah Muhammad picked up the Producer’s Award for this powerful film about Angolan refugee Walter, who reunites with his family in New York City after an extensive exile. Our client also sold the North American film rights to IFC films.
FLC + Ghetto Film School
FLC presented an overview of its Clinic and services as part of Ghetto Film School’s “In the Know” Program and hosted a pop up legal clinic for GFS Filmmakers.
Currently streaming on HBO, Marisol addresses the BIPOC experience in America as the title character and her daughter try to survive in New York City.
Trans in America
This powerful story of a transgender six-year-old Texan—directed by Daresha Kyi—won an Emmy for Outstanding Short Documentary.
Boxers of Brule
Writer, producer, director Jessie Adler proved she was a triple threat at the Big Sky Festival, with her debut documentary on the Lower Brule Sioux Reservation’s girls boxing team.
The Black TV & Film Collective leads professional development events and workshops. These are opportunities for artists to get better at their craft by both reinforcing existing skills and developing new ones. FLC will continue this partnership in the 2022-23 academic year, to provide counsel and advice to BTFC filmmakers.
FLC, in ongoing partnership with Ghetto Film School, will continue to provide in-depth legal trainings on topics most relevant to GFS members. Past topics have included film financing, entity formation and copyright law.
FLC and NYU Production Lab have a productive partnership, providing ongoing legal training to the filmmakers NYU supports. Upcoming legal trainings will cover music licensing in film, entity formation, and other topics important to NYU filmmakers.