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View other events for the week of 12/18/2004
CALLING ALL FILM LOVERS! PROTEST TO SAVE THE CASTRO
Date Saturday December 18
Time 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location Details
Castro Theatre (429 Castro Street, between 17th & 18th)
Event Type Protest
Organizer/AuthorAudiences in Action
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 Castro’s ability to present rare archival prints, re-released classics, and cutting-edge documentaries is imperiled.

The Castro owners reportedly want to do more “family friendly” programming, and Ted Nasser, who’s 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 3–5pm 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 rehireanita@yahoogroups.com 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.
Added to the calendar on Saturday Dec 11th, 2004 12:37 PM
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