With the assistance of Light Industry, Screen Slate, and other community partners, we have started a fund that can be accessed by cinema workers whose hours have been curtailed because of this crisis and who are not being otherwise compensated.
We’re focusing specifically on New York City movie theater employees so that we can provide quick, if modest, relief to those in our community, but encourage others to consider the needs of their own networks.
Hopefully more robust public resources will become available imminently, and individual theaters that have the means will do right by their furloughed workers, but we must band together in the meantime to make sure wage disruption is minimal. We aim to begin disbursing the funds we raise on 3/20. This is a time of great uncertainty, and this initiative is only a stop-gap measure, but our struggle against precarity is a common one.
For every $3,000 donated, we will be able to support five people with the equivalent of 40 hours a week at $15/hour.
As the situation develops, of course, we will be responsive to the needs of our community and adjust the distribution accordingly.
Am I Eligible?
All hourly workers at cinemas in New York City who are experiencing wage disruption because of COVID-19 closures are eligible.
How Do I Apply?
Applications to the fund are now closed, and we’re focusing our efforts on raising money for the over 300 out-of-work movie theater employees who’ve already put in requests.
Each week this page will be updated with a report on precisely how funds raised have been allocated.
Who Are We?
Thomas Beard - Founder and Director, Light Industry; Programmer at Large, Film at Lincoln Center; Screen Slate Board Member
Ed Halter - Founder and Director, Light Industry; Critic in Residence, Bard College
Nellie Killian - Independent Curator; Contributing Editor, Film Comment; Light Industry Board Member; Screen Slate Board Member
Sierra Pettengill - Filmmaker, Archivist, Screen Slate Board Member
- Shaianne Hugh
- Sara Rafsky
- Greyson Brooks
- Justin DiPietro
- Sean Flynn
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