CLEVELAND – The cancelation of Sony’s movie “The Interview” has stunned local filmmakers.

“It does mean that the terrain is changed,” said Dr. Evan Lieberman, a Cleveland State University professor of film. “The landscape is different.”

Dr. Lieberman and a group of other filmmakers and teachers discussed the news that Sony canceled the release of “The Interview” because hackers threatened to attack theaters where it would play. The film depicts the assassination of North Korea’s leader. The U.S. government said the hackers are North Korean.

The group, who met at Cleveland State Wednesday evening, said the power that hackers have exercised over a major motion picture company like Sony is history-making.

“All of a sudden, we find film to be at the forefront of this extremely volatile, political situation,” said Dr. Lieberman.

Dr. Lieberman said the incident is a teachable moment to his students in which he will stress that media, culture and society all interact in very direct ways.

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