Stone Fined For Filming Interview With Castro
The Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control has disclosed that Oliver Stone's Santa Monica, CA-based Ixtlan production company and four unidentified individuals had agreed to pay $6,322,20 to settle allegations of violations of the Cuban embargo that occurred while Stone was filming a documentary about Fidel Castro between Feb. 2002 and May 2003. An OFAC statement described the production as dealing "in services in which the government of Cuba or a Cuban national has an interest." The settlement, disclosed in a terse news release that mentioned other fines against individuals who had recently traveled to Cuba (including an unnamed man who went there to purchase cigars), was brought to light by the online indieWIRE, which focuses on independent film productions. Stone's Looking for Fidel did not receive a theatrical release but was presented on HBO in 2004.