DAILY NEWS: Screening Room Returns, Academy Donation
by Anthony Kaufman/indieWIRE
>> Screening Room Returns in TriBeCa
(indieWIRE/09.27.01) — After a more than two-week shutdown following the
tragedy at the World Trade Center in downtown Manhattan, The Screening Room is re-opening. Henry Hershkowitz of the popular restaurant/bar and
theatrical venue told indieWIRE that his site was set to re-open last night (Wednesday) with screenings back on track.
“It has been a very difficult time (emotionally and financially) for our
staff and a very serious financial blow to our business,” Hershkowitz said
yesterday in an email message to friends. His comments echoed the sentiments
of numerous downtown Manhattan businesses that were affected by the tragedy
and the subsequent closure of many streets.
Cowboy Pictures books the calendar house, which is screening “Vengo,”
“Lumumba,” “Season of Men,” and “Downtown 81,” along with screenings of “Showgirls” (Friday and Saturday at Midnight). [Eugene Hernandez]
>> Academy to Donate $1 Million for Disaster Relief
(indieWIRE/09.27.01) — AMPAS President Frank Pierson has announced that the
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Board of Governors will donate
one million dollars to aid the victims of the September 11th tragedy. It is
by far the organization’s largest donation ever.
Actress Kathy Bates proposed a donation of a quarter-million-dollars at
Tuesday’s meeting, and the governors ultimately decided to increase the
amount. AMPAS’ Academy Foundation distributes grants each year to numerous
“The timing seemed right,” Pierson said in a statement yesterday. “It seemed
like a good time to expand our scope a bit.” [Eugene Hernandez]