(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
http://www.duboce.net/castro or email email@example.com for more info.
Thanks for your time.
Curator, MadCat Women¹s International Film Festival
>> CALLING ALL FILM LOVERS! PROTEST TO SAVE THE CASTRO
>> 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
>> 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 firstname.lastname@example.org to get involved and get updates. Also check out
>> http://www.duboce.net/castro 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