February 4, 2015

New Mexico’s State House honors George RR Martin for screening “The Interview” at his Santa Fe theatre

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Santa Fe author George RR Martin‘s Game of Thrones series made him famous around the world.   But he’s been in the spotlight lately not for his writing, but for wading into the international drama surrounding screening of “The Interview.”

As the owner of the Jean Cocteau Cinema in Santa Fe, Martin was among the first to suggest that local theaters like his should defy North Korea and screen the film.

Today, the New Mexico House of Representatives passed House Memorial 29, honoring Martin’s efforts to bring the movie to the public movie screen.

The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Bill McCamley (D-Mesilla) read the memorial on the floor.  It passed unanimously, 70-0.

From the bill:

HOUSE MEMORIAL 29

52nd legislature – STATE OF NEW MEXICO – first session, 2015

INTRODUCED BY

Bill McCamley

A MEMORIAL

HONORING GEORGE R.R. MARTIN FOR SCREENING “THE INTERVIEW”.

WHEREAS, George R.R. Martin, a resident of Santa Fe since 1979, is one of the city’s most recognized residents; and

WHEREAS, George is best known as the author of “A Song of Ice and Fire”, which is the basis for the popular television hit series, “Game of Thrones”; and

WHEREAS, George is a prolific writer, with literary forays into science fiction, fantasy and horror; and

WHEREAS, George has received several Nebula and Hugo awards for his writing, as well as a Bram Stoker award for his first novel, and has been a television screenwriter; and

WHEREAS, George is also a staunch supporter of the Santa Fe cultural scene, reopening the Jean Cocteau cinema as an alternative film and performing arts space in 2013; and

WHEREAS, in addition to screening first-run, offbeat and cutting-edge films, the Jean Cocteau cinema also hosts live performances and interviews with authors, actors and filmmakers; and

WHEREAS, in December 2014, Sony corporation pulled distribution from major theaters of the film “The Interview”, a comedy about a plot to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong Un; and

WHEREAS, Sony corporation withdrew the film in reaction to terrorist threats that the United States government attributed to North Korea; and

WHEREAS, George was one of the first independent film houses to book “The Interview”, with showings that began with sold-out crowds on Christmas day; and

WHEREAS, on his online blog, George championed free speech, decried censorship and praised other independent movie theaters for having the courage to show “The Interview”;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE STATE OF NEW MEXICO that George R.R. Martin be honored for screening “The Interview” when Sony corporation withdrew distribution of the film; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that George R.R. Martin be recognized for his passionate support of free speech; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this memorial be transmitted to George R.R. Martin.

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The New Mexico Political Report talked to Martin before the honor.

Watch that video here :