September 4, 2020
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Thank You to Everyone Who Helped Make Our Drive-in a Success

On Sunday, August 30th, the Cinema Arts Centre was overjoyed to be able to provide something we have all been sorely missing these past months: a real, in-person movie screening!

The drive-in presentation of the Beatles’ classic Yellow Submarine was presented in partnership with the Town of Huntington at Dix Hills Park, and was sponsored by our friends at People’s United Bank. Thanks to that generous sponsorship, we were able to offer tickets for free to the public, and reservations for the event quickly filled up.

Yellow Submarine is a wonderful and inventive animated film, perfect for film lovers and Beatles fans of all ages. As a sing-along show, this screening was even more fun for everyone involved. We were so thrilled to be able to present the movie this way, and to see many familiar faces in the audience.

The screening served another purpose as well: each year, we host an event to honor our Circle of Friends volunteers, and this year we chose to honor them at the drive-in. Members of the Circle of Friends are hard-working CAC members who assist throughout the year with fundraising activities and solicitations. We wouldn’t be able to accomplish as much as we can without their invaluable support. Some of the Circle of Friends members even volunteered to help direct traffic at the show!

While this event differed in format from our usual Circle of Friends garden party, one element that we were happy to maintain was the announcement of the recipient of the Dr. Frank B. Siegel Memorial Service Award. This award, named for our late friend and devoted Circle of Friends member Frank Siegel, honors a member of the Circle who has shown outstanding work to support the Cinema in a variety of ways. This year, the award went to our friend Jessica Ley.

Jessica has been involved with the Cinema for many years, and has been a generous and active volunteer. Whether helping solicit donations for our Academy Awards Night Fundraiser or tabling for the Cinema at festivals, or coming in to our office to help with weekly mailings, Jessica has done so much to help the Cinema thrive. We couldn’t be happier to honor her with this award, and to recognize her work in a video before the drive-in show.

All in all, it was a wonderful night, with a great film and a great community. We thank our Circle of Friends for all of their support year-round, and we thank everyone who helped make this night possible.

We also thank our sponsor, People’s United Bank, who were eager to help us bring to life our vision of a drive-in screening. It is thanks to their generous sponsorship that we are able to provide events like this to bring our community together during what can feel like an isolating time. We hope to be able to provide even more drive-in shows in the future!
Thank you Jessica Ley, recipient of the Circle of Friends 2020 Frank B. Siegel Memorial Service Award
We appreciate our sponsor, People's United Bank!
Cinema Arts Centre is proud to again partner with Domestic Harmony Foundation in promotion of Made in Bangladesh

'Made in Bangladesh' is still available for virtual screenings on our website. Cinema Arts Centre last collaborated with the local Long Island organization for a screening of 'Secret Superstar' in 2018.

A true story, 'Made in Bangladesh' tells the empowering story of Shimu, a textile worker, who fights for employee rights after a co-worker is killed in a fire at her factory.

This past Tuesday, September 1st, Cinema Arts Centre was joined by Director Rubaiyat Hossain, activist Daliya Akter, whom the film is based on, and supporting actress Novera Ahmed for a live Q&A on the women-led film, and the exploitative textile industry.

Domestic Harmony Foundation (DHF) is a community based non-profit organization designed to empower survivors of domestic violence, largely from the underserved South Asian, Middle Eastern and Muslim communities on Long Island, NY. Focusing on awareness, education and prevention activities, DHF breaks down shame, stigma and stereotypes; aiming to halt the inter-generational impact of abuse, we strive to promote safe spaces and healthy relationships in our commitment to the peaceful world we all envision. 

DHF HELPLINE: 516-385-8292. 
For more information about DHF, please visit their website and social media: | facebook, twitter & instagram: @domesticharmony 
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In order to help support our community during these critical times, we are hosting the following resource lists. These are living documents that will evolve as we continue to learn, grow, and communicate with each other. We invite suggestions and feedback:
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.
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