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Saved! LACMA's Film Series will Continue with New Funding

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To the shock of the film community last month, LACMA announced that come October, the beloved weekend film series would discontinue due to budget constraints. That prompted some advocacy and strong words from many, including director Martin Scorsese. "It comes as no surprise to me that the public is rallying," he wrote in an open letter printed in the LA Times. "People from all over the world are speaking out, because they see this action - correctly, I think - as a serious rebuke to film within the context of the art world."All the attention given to potential loss eventually saved the series. "We’ve been incredibly impressed by the public outcry of support for film at LACMA, and thrilled that just a few weeks later, the first new sponsors have stepped forward," said LACMA Director Michael Govan in a statement.

Thanks to $75,000 donations each from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and Time Warner Cable, in partnership with Ovation TV, the series will continue through the next summer. Additionally, Time Warner Cable and Ovation TV have donated in-kind $1.5 million worth of marketing.