January 26, 2018
Community Newsletter
Cinema Arts Centre Board and Staff Featured
at National Film Conference in Utah
Speak to Topics of Harassment, Politics and Fundraising
Left to right: Emily Best, Founder and CEO of Seed&Spark,; Tim League and Amy Averett of the Alamo Drafthouse; attorney Janet Grumer; Cinema Arts Centre Board Member Jacqueline Strayer
Last week, over 600 executives and professionals from art house theaters and film festivals across North America met in Utah for the annual Art House Convergence National Conference, and the Cinema Arts Centre played a vital leadership role.  The conference, now in its eleventh year, featured dozens of expert panels and educational sessions on a wide range of topics from organizing national one-day events to how to navigate contentious and galvanizing political issues in communities to promoting gender equality through programming.

This year, an important focus of the conference was to proactively address issues of sexual and other forms of harassment and intimidation within the independent film and art house world. On opening day, the conference center’s banquet hall was packed for a plenary panel,
“Harassment and Intimidation Have No Place in the Art House.” The panel, moderated by Emily Best, Founder and CEO of Seed&Spark, highlighted a case study from Tim League and Amy Averett of the Alamo Drafthouse with commentary from attorney Janet Grumer, and Cinema Arts Centre Board Member Jacqueline Strayer.

Jacqueline, who helped the Art House Convergence develop its official statement against harassment in the fall of 2017, is a communication and marketing thought leader, consultant and educator. She is a faculty member in graduate programs at NYU and Columbia and served as the Chief Communication Officer for three global publicly traded companies. A published author on communication and marketing trends and concepts, she created the first communication program on sexual harassment in the United States and has lectured on this topic extensively. Her experience as a leader on this important issue, and her passion for film and remarkable service to the Cinema Arts Centre as our newest board member, are deep qualifications that manifested in this most valuable contribution. In addition, Jacqueline was a panelist alongside CAC Co-Director Dylan Skolnick in a session entitled “Politics and the Art House” which explored perspectives on running an art house cinema in a time of extreme political polarization.
Dylan Skolnick, who is a member of the Art House Convergence Board of Advisors, also served as the track head for all educational sessions on programming, along with Barak Epstein of The Texas Theatre. Together they oversaw the design and implementation of a wide range of programming panels.

Cinema Arts Centre Director of Development Rene Bouchard, who served as the track head for educational sessions on development and fundraising, conducted a special lecture of her own on the issues art houses face in generating operating support and strategies to address them. She also served on a fundraising panel with others in similar positions from the art house community.
CAC Co-Director Dylan Skolnick receives Russell B. Collins Service Awards
At the closing night dinner, Dylan Skolnick received the Russell B. Collins Service Award, recognizing an outstanding individual working in mission-driven cinema exhibition who has contributed to their community and/or to the Art House Convergence movement in significant and innovative ways. Dylan, who moderates the Art House Convergence Google Group utilized by over 1,200 people in order to share ideas and resources, has made many and significant contributions over the past year to our Cinema Arts Centre community and the art house community at large. One important success was his championing and organizing a special screening of the film 1984 , last April, which was showcased in over 200 theaters across the United States.

The Cinema Arts Centre’s meaningful presence at the conference is a testament to a passion that is fueled by the support of our entire community.
Special Thanks to our 2018 Making Memories Sponsors!
Our 2018 Making Memories Programs are underway thanks to generous support from our community.

All of us at the Cinema Arts Centre are so grateful for the support these generous sponsors of our Making Memories at the Movies and Making Memories with Music programs:


Our Making memories programs are facilitated by certified special education teacher and licensed master social worker Marcy Rhodes. She currently works in the office of Rudansky and Winter, Neurology & Neuropsychiatry in Huntington, where she has developed a well established person-centered approach to patient care.

These programs provide vital opportunities for people living with dementia and their care partners to make connections, socialize, and spark memories.
“Goidel Law Group is pleased and proud to continue to sponsor Making Memories at the Movies. Marcy Rhodes and the Cinema Arts Centre should be commended for facilitating such a valuable program for individuals with dementia and their caregivers. Watching their interaction and participation is heartwarming," Wendy Goidel recently shared.

"Gurwin is proud to join with the Huntington Cinema Arts Centre in presenting the Making Memories with Music program. It’s a valuable resource for our community, and a beautiful way to allow those with dementia to connect with their caregivers through music and dance. We look forward to continuing our support of such a wonderful program," shared Amy Schiller of Gurwin Jewish.

Sponsorship Opportunities for our 2018 programs are still available! Please contact Rene Bouchard at (631) 423-7610 or rene@cinemaartscentre.org . We look forward to updating our readers with news of additional sponsorship for this important community program.
You are the Power Behind Our Mission!
In 2017, we presented 60 documentaries, screened 99 international films, welcomed 122 guest speakers, were home to 93 musical performances, and showed films from 55 countries!

It's only January 26th, and already in 2018 we have shown 3 first-run features, a total of 200 regular screenings; and presented over 15 special events, including nearly 20 special guests! Events have showcased local film artists, scholars and musicians. Events have included facilitated discussion and touched on a variety of important issues such as, immigration, gender equality, and healthcare.

Your support makes this all possible. Contributions from our members and patrons to the Vic Skolnick Life of the Cinema Campaign provide critical revenue.

We are just $4,000 away from making our goal. Our campaign closes on January 31. Please make your contribution today.

If your contribution is already in the mail, thank you so much. You will receive a letter from us as soon as it is received.
There are still a FEW tickets available for our 2018 Academy Awards Night Fundraiser!
There are just a few tickets left to our annual Academy Awards Night Fundraiser. CLICK HERE to learn more.

Special Thanks to our Presenting Sponsor, Rivkin Radler, LLP .

Sponsorship Opportunities are available until February 16th . Contact Rene Bouchard at rene@cinemaartscentre.org .
 The Cinema Arts Centre is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization. The mission of the Cinema Arts Centre is to bring the best in cinematic artistry to Long Island, and use the power of film to expand the awareness and consciousness of our community.
Thanks to our January Program Sponsors:
Thanks to Stuart and Ginger Polisner for their ongoing support of our Real-to-Reel and Creativity Series.

When you visit a business that supports the cinema, please let them know how much it means to you.
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