todger (todger) wrote in rocknrollanimal,

Castro Cinema Protest

Anyone in the Bay Area at the weekend may be wish to show their support for the sacked programmer whom, it seems, put on films 'too queer' for the Castro cinema in San Francisco, by turning up on Saturday.
(I've no idea what "35pm" is ... so call one of the phone numbers or look at one of the websites cited under the cut.

Hello all, I wanted to let you know about the protest coming up this
Saturday outside the Castro Theatre in San Francisco. Below is an email from
a friend who is involved with the folks putting this event together ­ they
are ³Audiences in Action.² Please spread the word and if you are in the Bay
Area come and show your support for Anita Monga who was ³let go² from the
Castro after 16 years of programming. You can also go to or email for more info.
Thanks for your time.
Be well,
Ariella Ben-Dov
Curator, MadCat Women¹s International Film Festival

>> For the past 28 years, we have taken the Castro Theatre for granted. We always
>> assumed it would remain a unique combination of beautiful movie palace and
>> intelligent, innovative programming. But now this cultural treasure is in
>> jeopardy. The owners' recent decision to dismiss Anita Monga, one of the top
>> programmers in the country, has had repercussions that are only beginning to
>> be felt. Filmmakers and distributors have pulled their films from the
>> Castro's upcoming schedule. Because of Monga's abrupt departure, the Castro¹s
>> ability to present rare archival prints, re-released classics, and
>> cutting-edge documentaries is imperiled.
>> The Castro owners reportedly want to do more ³family friendly² programming,
>> and Ted Nasser, who¹s currently running the theatre, has apparently been
>> concerned with the gay content of some of the films Monga chose. In many ways
>> this decision to cut off our access to films that encourage debate and
>> question is a very local reflection of the national conservative agenda.
>> This concern over gay content, from a theatre in the very heart of a
>> neighborhood that symbolizes gay pride for the whole country, is particularly
>> alarming.
>> JOIN US on December 18th from 3­5pm in front of the Castro Theatre (429 Castro
>> Street, between 17th & 18th) to protest Monga's firing and demand that the
>> theatre owners bring her back and make it possible for her to continue her
>> work. Their misguided decision has a negative impact not only on their
>> business, but also on San Francisco's reputation as a city that fosters
>> cultural excellence. Without a programmer of Monga's caliber and influence,
>> the newly renovated Castro is just a beautiful shell.
>> EMAIL to get involved and get updates. Also check out
>> for background and links to press coverage.
>> Organized by Audiences in Action, a group of film lovers committed to saving
>> the Castro.
>> A Cultural Treasure Belongs To Everyone.

MadCat Women's International Film Festival
639 Steiner Street
San Francisco, CA 94117 USA

Phone: 415 436-9523
Fax: 415 934-0642

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