San Diego’s Gay Bar History is a documentary by Filmmaker Paul Detwiler that traces the development of the gay bar as a community institution in San Diego. The documentary examines the role gay bars have played in community gathering and organizing during four time periods: before the birth of the modern gay rights movement, during the 1970’s, during the AIDS epidemic (1981-1990’s), all the way through their role in the present day.
Documentaries often need a variety of legal services, from hiring a crew, to copyright, fair use and licensing, to distribution agreements. New Media Rights works with a variety of documentary and fictional video creators to overcome the legal hurdles to making their productions a reality.
Filmmaker Paul Detwiler had this to say about working with New Media Rights.
"It was a pleasure to work with the capable staff of New Media Rights on this project. They worked quickly to review my film and provide a legal analysis of the materials we used, and gave clear recommendations on any issues with usage rights. Without their help, we would not have been able to obtain Errors and Omissions insurance coverage, which was necessary for the film to be broadcast on our San Diego PBS affiliate station, KPBS. The affordable legal services they provide is a boon for independent filmmakers, as well as other media content creators. I will certainly solicit their help with my future projects. Thanks NMR!"
Executive Director Art Neill said "New Media Rights is proud to have helped on the legal side to ensure that San Diego's Gay Bar History got insured and distributed. The film tells a largely unheard but important story about our region." New Media Rights legal interns Bridgitte Castro and Tyler Reddy worked with Executive Director Art Neill to support the film on a variety of legal needs.