Tuesday April 4, 2017
The Frida Cinema @ 7:30pm
305 E 4th St, Santa Ana, CA 92701
On Tuesday, April 4 – the date on which George Orwell’s classic character Winston Smith begins writing his journal in Orwell’s landmark 1949 novel – The Frida Cinema joins 90 cinemas (http://www.unitedstateofcinema.com/) across the country in a National Event Day screening director Michael Radford’s 1984.
Along with fellow art house cinemas such as Alamo Drafthouse, IFC Center, and the Film Society of Lincoln Center, our shared aim is to voice our collective protest of many of our current administration’s policies and practices – and most specifically as art house cinemas, their alleged proposed cuts on cultural programs, including the entire elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts (https://www.arts.gov/) . A joint statement by this family of cinemas reads as follows:
“Orwell’s novel begins with the sentence, ‘It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.’ Less than one month into the new presidential administration, theater owners collectively believe the clock is already striking thirteen. Orwell’s portrait of a government that manufactures their own facts, demands total obedience, and demonizes foreign enemies, has never been timelier. The endeavor encourages theaters to take a stand for our most basic values: freedom of speech, respect for our fellow human beings, and the simple truth that there are no such things as ‘alternative facts.’ By doing what we do best – showing a movie – the goal is that cinemas can initiate a much-needed community conversation at a time when the existence of facts, and basic human rights are under attack. Through nationwide participation and strength in numbers, these screenings are intended to galvanize people at the crossroads of cinema and community, and bring us together to foster communication and resistance against current efforts to undermine the most basic tenets of our society.”
Every cinema participating in this event will be donating a portion of their proceeds to a local charity or organization. The Frida Cinema will be donating 10% of every ticket sold to Santa Ana’s Public Law Center (http://www.publiclawcenter.org/) , a 501(c)(3) nonprofit which provides free legal services to low income residents and other nonprofits in Orange County. In 2014, Public Law Center staff and volunteers provided over 67,000 hours of free legal services – including to The Frida Cinema – in handling over 4,600 cases, and benefitted more than 8,000 low-income children, adults and seniors in Orange County. The value of this work is $22 million in that year alone. Their work includes counseling, individual representation, community education and strategic policy advocacy and impact litigation to challenge societal injustices.