In May, the rumor was that the film was falling apart. Julia-Levy and the private financer of the film parted ways, it appears.
The documentary “Revelations of the Mayans 2012 and Beyond” has descended into disarray, with its executive producer accused of fleeing with two dozen hard drives and 10 computer towers containing the film’s footage, according to documents obtained by TheWrap.
The documents allege that San Francisco-based philanthropist and author Elisabeth Thieriot filmed without a valid permit on federal ground in Mexico and fled with the footage.
The whole subject was already confusing, considering the claims about the film, but it just got more confusing. Thieriot filed suit against TheWrap for defamation.
Thieriot then sued TheWrap for defamation, but last month, an LA court dismissed the claim on anti-SLAPP grounds, noting that Thieriot failed to show that the statements made in the original article were false, or that the statements were made maliciously. The failure to prove that the statements were false is pretty much the end of any defamation claim, and the anti-SLAPP process makes it quick and easy… and opens up Thieriot to the possibility of having to pay TheWrap’s legal fees.
The factual information was reported by another website but she demanded a retraction as the piece was in a mocking tone.
Thieriot apparently decides that, despite having already lost a SLAPP suit, that she’s going to threaten this other blogger for writing about the fact that she lost her SLAPP suit.
Frankly, I can’t make heads or tails out of what is true or untrue. Whatever is going on behind the scenes, it does not bode well for the film. It’s already October…
Tip: Tim Farley