A new relief fund established by initial donations from the Criterion Collection and Janus Films, was launched to help the more than 150 independent movie theaters across the United States that temporarily closed to slow the spread of COVID-19. The Art-House America Campaign aims to provide financial relief to struggling independent cinemas across the country so they can pay staff and their essential bills and survive until it is safe to reopen their doors.
The Campaign was kick-started with an initial donation of $50,000 from the Criterion Collection and Janus Films, and they are inviting friends of independent theaters and art houses everywhere to join them in this fundraising effort. The fund is being managed by the Art House Convergence, a nonprofit association dedicated to sustainability in community-based, mission-driven media exhibition.
As Christopher Nolan wrote in the Washington Post, "When this crisis passes, the need for collective human engagement, the need to live and love and laugh and cry together, will be more powerful than ever."
Please click the link for further information on how to donate or apply: https://www.gofundme.com/f/Art-House-America