LOS ANGELES – A 10-year-old boy who directed a short film starring Kevin Bacon sued a woman who helped finance the movie, saying she unfairly demanded creative control and distribution rights.
Dominic Scott Kay, a child actor who was the voice of Wilbur the pig in "Charlotte's Web," claims in a lawsuit filed on his behalf Thursday that he came up with the story for the short film "Saving Angelo."
The movie is based on Kay's real-life effort to nurse an abandoned, badly injured dog back to health.
The lawsuit filed in Superior Court alleges that Conroy Kanter, who sunk about $11,000 into the project, demanded creative control, including the right to decide where the film can be shown.
She "has threatened to sue Kay (a 10-year-old!) if he finishes editing the film ... without her consent," the lawsuit says.
Kanter's lawyer contends she gave the money as a charitable contribution and that the lawsuit stems from a dispute between Kanter and Kay's mother over who should benefit from the film.
"Unfortunately a child had to be dragged into this," attorney Michael Stoller said.
The lawsuit seeks a jury trial and a court declaration that Kanter has no right to creative control, or the distribution or promotion of the movie.