The Cinema Arts Centre community, in a grassroots effort, has produced a short film, "We Stand Together" in order to articulate an aspirational vision of respect, inclusion, and harassment-free environments for all. Written by CAC Board Member Jacqueline Strayer, the film opens with the following message:
"Reflecting on recent events, we, as an art house theater, wanted to share with you this message about the organization we strive to be, the environment we work to create, and the values we seek to advance in our community."
In coordination with local filmmakers, Cinema Arts Centre members and staff, and members of our local community, the film was produced earlier this year and premiered at the Art House Convergence National Conference in Utah, attended by over 600 executives from independent cinemas and film festivals across North America at a plenary session called "Harassment and Intimidation have No Place in the Art House" where Strayer, an expert on sexual harassment, served as a panelist.
“I thought this was a terrific opportunity for us to make a public statement about who we are and what we value,” Strayer commented. “The concept of the piece is positive and showcases the diversity of the communities and the people we represent throughout North America. I was so delighted how enthusiastically our community supported this message and its production.”
Thanks to the support of Spotlight Cinema Networks, the film is now available in DCP format to any art house theater who chooses to promote this message by running the film with their trailers and/or share via their websites and social networks.
“Spotlight is committed to upholding the values of tolerance and respect that are expressed so thoughtfully in this film. We are proud to support our partners, Cinema Arts Centre and Art House Convergence, to share this important message with the art house and film festival community across North America,” commented. Jerry Rakfeldt, CEO, Spotlight Cinema Networks.
Cinema Arts Centre Co-Director Dylan Skolnick added, “'We Stand Together' reflects what we have been advancing in our local community for over 40 years. This is just the kind of message that signals to everyone how we should interact and respect one another.”
We are excited to have obtained noteworthy film celebrity talent who will be promoting and endorsing this message through their social channels.
With gratitude, we acknowledge the following for financial and/or in-kind support of "We Stand Together":