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Media Policy

| Print Media | Film, Video, & Television | 

The Wilhelm Reich Infant Trust's Policy for the Print Media

Based on years of considerable experience and disappointment with the print media, we have come to the following conclusion:

It is unreasonable, unrealistic and foolish for us to expect accurate and intellectually honest representations of Reich's life and work--in newspapers, magazines, books, journals and periodicals--that are written by people under tight deadlines, or who are unfamiliar with Reich's writings, or who rely largely on secondary and Internet resources that are too often unreliable.

Consequently the alarming number of writers and editors who misrepresent Reich's life and legacy impels us to the following, more stringent approach to the print media:

  1. Our intention is not to censor writers and editors, or to squelch their individual creative voices and perspectives. Our sole intent is to ensure that they have and use the correct facts about Reich's life and work.

  2. Writers requesting our assistance or participation will sign an agreement guaranteeing that we be allowed to fact check their work prior to publication.

  3. We recognize that writers and editors will always have the final decision as to whether to correct any factual errors even after being presented with accurate information.

  4. To reiterate: we will no longer assist or participate with writers who refuse to allow us to fact check their work prior to publication.

  5. Factual distortions and slanderous statements about Reich's life and work are damaging not only to the historic truth, but to the reputation of The Wilhelm Reich Museum and to The Wilhelm Reich Infant Trust whose mission is to safeguard the truth about Reich's legacy. Therefore, we will continue to challenge harmful distortions and slanders about Reich's life and work that result from writers and editors willfully ignoring factual information that is presented to them. For example: in Reich's publications, he clearly states that he cannot cure cancer with the orgone accumulator, nor can patients achieve "orgastic potency" by using the orgone accumulator.

We also recognize that there are many intellectually honest writers, editors, journalists, and researchers striving for factual accuracy when writing about Reich. But Reich's life and work are complex, the amount of detail is staggering, and too often people writing about Reich are not sufficiently familiar with Reich's own writings, or with basic verifiable facts about his life. Furthermore, time constraints often preclude people from conducting the significant research into primary materials that's necessary to ensure the correctness of basic facts.

While we are always happy to answer questions about Reich's life and work, and to help people acquire a deeper understanding of Reich, the responsibilities and daily workload of the Trust and Museum are considerable. Consequently when people contact us, requesting our assistance on their projects, we can no longer afford to invest significant amounts of our time, knowledge and effort in those projects without being fairly compensated for our time, knowledge and effort.

To those whose projects require substantial research involving primary resources and historic materials, we will offer consulting, researching, and writing services. We are currently working out pricing and fees for these services. 

The Wilhelm Reich Infant Trust's Policy for Film, Video, & Television

Our past experience with filmmakers impels us to the following set of guidelines:

  1. Our property, facilities, and conferences are not material for anyone's personal or professional films/videos, other than our own. In fact, we generally consider today's ubiquity of film and video cameras to be intrusive. Consequently, we do not allow film or video cameras into our facilities and conferences.

  2. We are not interested in assisting or participating with anyone in developing "their" screenplay about Wilhelm Reich. We have our own screenplay: it's called Sparks of Life. And if anyone can help us get it to any of the names on our list of Hollywood and European directors, producers, and stars, we would be grateful.

  3. We are currently seeking funding sources and/or a partnership with a credible documentary production company to expand Man's Right to Know--our half-hour biographical video about Reich--into a full-length (90-100 minute) documentary.

  4. We always remain open to assisting credible documentary filmmakers if we feel their projects are honest, well-researched representations of Reich's life and work that might reach a wide audience and have significant positive impact on public perception of Reich's life and work.

  5. In determining whether to assist documentary filmmakers, among the questions we will ask are:

    • Can we see a current proposal, a treatment, an outline, a prospectus, an actual script, or a "rough cut" of the project?

    • Is Reich's life and work the major thrust of this project or merely tangential to other themes and concerns?

    • What books or other writings by Reich have you read?

    • What books or other writings about Reich have you read?

    • What books and other writings by Reich or about Reich do you intend to read?

    • Are you relying on Internet sources for your information? If so, what specific sites?

    • What other research (i.e. interviews, libraries, archives, organizations etc.) have you conducted or intend to conduct?

    • Who are your researchers and scriptwriters? What have they read by Reich or about Reich?

    • Who is the audience for your film or video?

    • In your estimation, how do you think your project overlaps with our mission [The Wilhelm Reich Infant Trust's] to safeguard the truth about Reich's life and work?

    • Will we be allowed to "fact check" various rough-cuts of the project, as well as the final cut?

  6. In determining whether to assist documentary filmmakers, the time constraints of our daily workload and responsibilities will also be a major consideration

We recognize that there are many intellectually honest film and video producers and researchers striving for factual accuracy in projects about Reich. But Reich's life and work are complex, the amount of detail is staggering, and too often producers and researchers are not sufficiently familiar with Reich's own writings, or with basic verifiable facts about his life. Furthermore, time constraints often preclude people from conducting the significant research into primary materials that's necessary to ensure the correctness of basic facts.

While we are always happy to answer questions about Reich's life and work, and to help people acquire a deeper understanding of Reich, the responsibilities and daily workload of the Trust and Museum are considerable. Consequently when people contact us, requesting our assistance on their projects, we can no longer afford to invest significant amounts of our time, knowledge and effort in those projects without being fairly compensated for our time, knowledge and effort.

To those whose film, video, and television video projects require substantial research involving primary materials and historic materials, we will now be offering consulting, researching, and writing services. We are currently working out pricing and fees for these services.



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