Congressman Brad Sherman Supports Film Production in Vancouver

Is the Congressman Unaware Supporting Freedom of Speech Is Part of His Oath of Office

Why would Brad Sherman author a letter inviting Sony Pictures CEO and co-chairman Michael Lynton to screen a movie, made by a private corporation, in the US Capitol? A movie made ENTIRELY IN VANCOUVER.

Screening The Interview will demonstrate the U.S. Congress’s support of the freedom of speech. This is about our right to live without fear, and knowing that our values will not be compromised by the idle threats of a despotic regime. Good or bad, Americans should not be deprived of the opportunity to see this movie.

Congressman Sherman Letter to Sony Pictures Entertainment 12-22-14
Congressman Sherman Letter to Sony Pictures Entertainment | Congressman Brad Sherman (house.gov)

The movie Brad Sherman has decided to offer up offer the services of the US Government to screen did not EMPLOY Americans at home.

A recent article by FilmLA details how active Sony is pursuing employing Canadians over Americans.

Extremely generous subsidies in Vancouver, British Columbia enticed Pixar Animation and Sony Pictures Imageworks to open satellite locations in the Province in 2010. While Pixar announced plans to close its 100person Vancouver facility in 2013, Sony Imageworks decided double the size of its studio space in the city and grow its Vancouver workforce from 100 people to more than 250. In January 2014, Sony Imageworks announced layoffs at its Southern California facility and that it was shifting more positions to Vancouver. As the workforce in British Columbia grows, it shrinks in California.

The Hollywood Reporter published a 2013 report on runaway production. http://bit.ly/1xMiMOp Digest this chilling statement, in light of Brad Sherman’s December publicity stunt benefiting Sony:

All sectors of California’s film industry are under heavy assault from domestic and international competitors, all eager to permanently capture a slice of the Hollywood pie. The negative economic impact for California is well into the billions of dollars on an annual basis. The speed at which runaway production is happening and the subsequent erosion of a state industry composed of over 6,000 core businesses is dizzying.


Brad Sherman will raise his hand to support the Constitution on January 6th, as a result of 7% of the citizens in his district voting him in to office for the 9th time.


Here, for the benefit of the Congressman is the First Amendment of the US Constitution,
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”


How does Brad Sherman see fit to use government resources to support a corporation actively un-employing Americans? When will this film be screened? Will Brad Sherman follow up his cozy relation to the Sony President and ask him to bring jobs back to California?


While Article 6 of the Constitution did not dictate the words of his oath, it does require him to support the Constitution. Said support of the Constitution would suggest legislators had read it, at least the pertinent parts, including the first amendment.
The oath the Congressman will take on January 6th, 2015.

“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God. “


Questions which deserve answers:
Let’s not forget “Desert Warrior” and the excerpt showed on YouTube “Innocence of Muslims” which was used as a scapegoat for Hillary Clintons mis-step and the subsequent loss of American Soldiers in Benghzai. Did Brad Sherman step up to defend “free speech” then?


Is it possible all this hoopla is a bail-out of supporters of Congressman Sherman & President Obama. Is it possible it is helping Sony profits. Is that legal? Is that ethical. It is a documented fact Sony spends $1billion dollars on film production and their profit is $500million but they want to move that up to $800million.


Hollywood’s industry publication Variety recently reported
While statistics abound that show the extent of the economic impact of locally set runaways, on another level, the issue is emotional. The Feb. 22 rally featured an impassioned declaration by Maria Elena Durazo, secretary-treasurer of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, who pledged that organized labor will back the push for an improved film incentive.


Does this mean “organized labor” will rise up in protest against the Canadian production of “The Interview”?
Perhaps the 93% of residents in the 30th Congressional district should contact Brad Sherman and ask for answers. He lives in Virginia, is registered to vote in Porter Ranch in a house where his property tax is 90% less than any of his neighbors. Cronyism abounds.