October 1, 2020

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Top Filmmakers Warn Congress That Movie Theaters Face Extinction

6:47 PM PDT 9/30/2020 by Pamela McClintock Getty Images Barry Jenkins; Lulu Wang; Clint Eastwood "Cinemas are an essential industry that represent the best that American talent and creativity have to offer. But now we fear for their future," reads a letter sent to Capitol Hill lawmakers asking for additional pandemic relief. Dozens of influential…


6:47 PM PDT 9/30/2020

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Pamela McClintock

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Barry Jenkins; Lulu Wang; Clint Eastwood

“Cinemas are an essential industry that represent the best that American talent and creativity have to offer. But now we fear for their future,” reads a letter sent to Capitol Hill lawmakers asking for additional pandemic relief.

Dozens of influential filmmakers on Wednesday joined the National Association of Theatre Owners, the Directors Guild of America and the Motion Picture Association in urging Congress to provide assistance to struggling theater owners impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.

Together, they warned that many cinemas may not otherwise survive. The vast majority of exhibition companies — or 93 percent — weathered losses of 75 percent in the second quarter of 2020 after moviegoing came to a standstill in mid-March.

If this trend continues, NATO is warning that 69 percent of small- and mid-sized movie theaters will be forced to file for bankruptcy or close permanently, while 66 percent of theater jobs will be lost.

“I am extraordinarily grateful for the unprecedented support from our industry partners and the talented and concerned members of the movie industry creative community,” NATO president-CEO John Fithian said in a statement. “The value of their recognition of the unique importance of movie theaters to our communities, culture, and economy, and their support before Congress of the unique needs of movie theaters in this pandemic cannot be underestimated.”

The letter itself — which was addressed to Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer and House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy — asked that Capitol Hill lawmakers work in a bipartisan fashion to redirect unallocated funds from the CARES Act, or authorize new assistance programs for those businesses which have suffered the steepest revenue drops as a result of COVID-19.

“Cinemas are an essential industry that represent the best that American talent and creativity have to offer. But now we fear for their future,” states the document. “Our country cannot afford to lose the social, economic, and cultural value that theaters provide. The moviegoing experience is central to American life. Theaters are great unifiers where our nation’s most talented storytellers showcase their cinematic accomplishments.”

Continuing, the letter noted that theaters “supports millions of jobs in movie production and distribution, and countless others in surrounding restaurants and retailers that rely on theaters for foot traffic. Movie theaters are also leaders in employing underrepresented groups, including people with disabilities, senior citizens, and first-time job holders.”

Below are the directors, writers and producers signing the document.

Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje


Agustin Almodovar


Pedro Almodovar


Wes Anderson


Judd Apatow


Jon Avnet


Sean Baker


Noah Baumbach


Michael Bay


Susanne Bier


Barbara Broccoli


James Cameron


Antonio Campos


Damien Chazelle


Jon M. Chu


Sofia Coppola Alfonso Cuarón


Lee Daniels


Dean Devlin


Clint Eastwood


Andrew Erwin


Jon Erwin


Paul Feig


Shana Feste


Scott Frank


Cary Joji Fukunaga


Greta Gerwig


Evan Goldberg


Paul Greengrass


Leslie Greif


Luca Guadagnino


Catherine Hardwicke


Alma Har’el


Albert Hughes


Allen Hughes


Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu


Barry Jenkins


Patty Jenkins


Rian Johnson


Miranda July


Nicole Kassell


Jon Landau


Francis Lawrence


Mimi Leder


Ang Lee


Rob Letterman


Shawn Levy


Richard Linklater


James Mangold


Sam Mendes


Adam McKay


Steve McQueen


Ted Melfi


Reed Morano


Christopher Nolan


David O. Russell


Jordan Peele


Todd Phillips


Guy Ritchie


Seth Rogen


Joachim Rønning


Michael R. Roskam


Martin Scorsese


M. Night Shyamalan


Zack Snyder


Steven Soderbergh


Joey Soloway


David E. Talbert


Betty Thomas


Emma Thomas


Liesl Tommy


Denis Villeneuve


Taika Waititi


James Wan


Lulu Wang


Chris Weitz


Paul Weitz


Michael G. Wilson


Edgar Wright


Joe Wright


Cathy Yan


David Yates

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