- Associated Press - Friday, February 20, 2015

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A Utah filmmaker is suing the makers of an Oscar-nominated film, accusing them of copying his movie.

Richard Dutcher says in court documents filed Thursday that the 2014 Jake Gyllenhaal movie “Nightcrawler” violates the copyright on a film he made in 2007. Both are about freelance video journalists in Los Angeles trying to make a career filming crimes.

Dutcher says he screened his movie titled “Falling” in Salt Lake City and Los Angeles and distributed a few DVDs. Lawyers say the movies are strikingly similar, with turning points about a murder caught on tape.

“Nightcrawler” writer and director Dan Gilroy is nominated for best original screenplay.

Dutcher is suing Bold Films Productions, Open Road Films and NBC Universal Media. The Salt Lake Tribune reports (https://bit.ly/1Ezc9id) that the defendants could not be reached for comment.

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Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune, https://www.sltrib.com


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