In response to the United States supreme court’s draft majority opinion to overturn Roe v. Wade, movie studio NEON has launched an online shop featuring pro-choice artwork from Akiko Stehrenberger, and other products from films distributed by NEON, which include Portrait of a Lady on Fire and The Worst Person in the World.
In a statement on their social media platforms, NEON said the following:
“Access to safe and regulated abortion is a human right. We will not stay silent about the attacks on this right.
Film is our best form of protest. Our films and filmmakers inspire us to resist oppression and raise funds in support of independent grassroots organizations that are committed to protecting the rights and safety of people in the United States. These organizations are critical to ensuring those who need medical support can receive it regardless of the state they live in.
We all have a role to play in the fight for reproductive freedom. We hope you will join us.
Additionally, in a press release, NEON expanded on its statement and said that the studio “believes that universal access to safe abortions is a human right and we are inspired by those who continue to speak out and stand up for these rights. We hope that the Pro-Choice campaign inspires others, within the entertainment industry and beyond, to take part in helping these critical organizations.”
You can view the campaign at https://neonaction.com/
Any purchase made on the website and/or for screening events will result in a 100% donation of its net proceeds to the National Network of Abortion Funds.
Source: NEON (Press release)
This highlights one of the dangers of letting a tiny handful of megastudios like Disney and Warner Bros colonize so much of the industry.
Publicly-traded billion-dollar corporations trying to please the widest possible consumer base can’t afford to take a stand on anything but the most anodyne “Can’t We All Just Get Along?” sentiments. A privately owned, mid-sized film production/distribution company with a smaller but more loyal audience like 30WEST (and all of its subsidiaries like Neon) can.