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  • Description
    Innovations in technology and digital filmmaking has resulted in a proliferation of independent films, often produced on a shoestring budget by filmmakers who are fairly ignorant of the many legal and contractual issues involved. Led by attorney and author Thomas A. Crowell, this course will explain how to protect a filmmaker’s property and negotiate contract provisions, publicity rights, actor agreements, music licensing and other aspects of independent filmmaking and release.
  • Instructor Bio

    Thomas Crowell

    Thomas A. Crowell, Esq. is a partner in the law firm of Lane Sash and Larrabee, LLP, in the firm's New York office. He is also the Director from Practice, emeritus, of The Indie Film Clinic at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. Mr. Crowell counsels clients on a wide range of entertainment law and intellectual property rights issues, in practice areas that range from film and television to comic book publishing, music, and the graphic arts. He is the series editor of the Focal Press "Pocket Lawyer for...." series of legal guide books and author of both "The Pocket Lawyer for Filmmakers" (Focal Press, 2ed. 2011) and the first dedicated legal guide for the comic book industry: "The Pocket Lawyer for Comic Book Creators" (Focal Press 2014). Mr. Crowell received his JD from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where he graduated cum Laude, Order of the Coif. He is admitted to the bars of New York, New Jersey, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

    www.thomascrowell.com
    tcrowell@lanesash.com
    @lawcrow