In a post published on the Alamo Drafthouse Facebook page last night, founder Tim League revealed plans to build a gender-neutral bathroom at the upcoming Alamo Drafthouse theater in Austin, Texas. “The issue of gender neutral restrooms has gotten a bit… heated,” League writes. “Instead of taking sides on whether or not sexual predators will be invading the restrooms of our stores or public schools, we’ve been thinking about what an inclusive commercial gender-neutral restroom design might look like so that these challenges are not even part of the dialogue.”
League followed up the post with this statement: “My intent on the previous post was to discuss architectural design details for the proposed bathroom. But as to “taking sides,” I have taken a side. My side is that bigotry and the associated violence and/or shaming stemming from your choice of stall is unacceptable. But changing that mindset is likely going to take a long time. My hope is that by changing the design of restrooms we can in the meantime avoid some potential violence.”
Head over to the Alamo Drafthouse Facebook page to more of League’s comments, as well as an initial architecture plan for what the gender-neautral bathroom could look like.
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– The Greenwich International Film Festival (GIFF) announced today additional special events for its second edition, as well as its jury members for competition films. GIFF will be hosting special events such as “LOL: The Big Business of Comedy” and “Children’s Acting Workshop.” The festival will also be honoring John Turturro at a conversation series entitled “Spotlight On.” The Greenwich International Film Festival will take place June 9-12. Tickets are now on sale and available for purchase at their official box office site.
– Stowe Story Labs and Tangerine Entertainment have announced their second annual Tangerine Fellowship for an Outstanding Female Screenwriter. The year-long fellowship includes full tuition for the September 2016 Stowe Story Labs Narrative Workshop and the 2017 Spring Writers’ Retreat, mentoring from the Tangerine Entertainment team, and other benefits, including a copy of Final Draft 9. The goal of the fellowship is to advance the project and career of a talented female writer. The Fourth Annual Stowe Story Labs Narrative Workshop will take place September 10 – 13, 2016, at the Helen Day Art Center in Stowe, Vermont.
– One of the most acclaimed films on the festival circuit last year, French screenwriter Thomas Bidegain’s debut film “Les Cowboys” is gearing up to hit U.S. theaters on June 24, and Indiewire is excited to premiere the official poster. A revisionist spin on John Ford’s classic Western “The Searchers,” the film chronicles a father’s attempts to find his missing 16-year-old daughter, who has abandoned her life to begin anew as a Muslim with her boyfriend. Convinced that she was coerced into doing so, he devotes what’s left of his broken existence to finding her, eventually bestowing the responsibility of the search onto his son. Check out the exclusive poster below: