The Center for Inquiry, an international nonprofit organization headquartered in Amherst, has sent a letter to Sony asking for permission to air "The Interview."
Sony pulled the release of the movie after backlash from the North Korean government and a hacking incident.
The letter from the atheist organization reads in part, "We were disappointed when news broke that all of your film "The Interview" were to be canceled across the country. While we certainly understand the desire to keep moviegoers and theater employee safe, total blackout of the film is an overreaction and sends a troubling message that even mighty international corporations will sacrifice the right to free expression in order to avoid offending a small number of people."
The Center for inquiry has yet to hear back from Sony but has offered to show the movie free of charge at their Amherst location if the company agrees.
The movie was set to hit theaters on Christmas Day.