Sundance Festival Will Use Prop 8 Proponent's Theatre
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When it was found that the CEO of Cinemark Theatres donated $9,999 to support Prop 8, talks of boycotting Sundance came up because the only movie theatre used in Park City, Utah is one owned by the company. But Sundance isn't budging and many opponents of Prop 8 agree. "As a nonprofit organization devoted to supporting artists, we very much appreciate and are sensitive to the larger issue at hand and respect the rights of individuals to express themselves," Sundance said in a statement via Variety. "It is our hope that people will embrace the festival for its commitment to diversity, not avoid it."
TheLA Film Festival also came under fire because the event's director, Rich Raddon, donated to the Prop 8 campaign. The festival refuses to fire Raddon, but has distanced themselves from his personal choices. "As a champion of diversity, Film Independent is dedicated to supporting the civil rights of all individuals," they said to Variety. "At the same time, our organization does not police the personal, religious or political choices of any employee, member or filmmaker."