Filmmaker sues USNPS over fees charged to film inside NPs
A Virginia-based independent filmmaker says it's unconstitutional for the government to charge fees for commercial shoots in national parks, according to a lawsuit filed Monday in D.C. federal court.
Gordon Price is suing U.S. Attorney General William Barr, Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt and Deputy Director of the National Park Service David Vela. In late 2018, two NPS officers issued Price a violation notice for filming without a permit in public areas of the Yorktown Battlefield in Colonial National Historical Park in Virginia for Crawford Road, a feature about an area in York County that is home to unsolved murders and is rumored to be haunted. The government dropped its criminal case (more on that below), but now Price is moving his fight to civil court.