Monica Film Center | May 2 – 3, 2016

Representing independent cinema and festival professionals from North America, the Art House Convergence supports the art house community by hosting educational events throughout the year, including rotating regional seminars. From Long Island to San Francisco, the regional seminars are an opportunity for independent theaters and festivals to gather regularly to discuss current issues, engage directly with regional colleagues, and create sustainable and effective partnerships.

Thank you to all those who attended the Los Angeles regional seminar and made it a success!

Monday, May 2nd, 2016

Los Angeles, CA

10:00AM - 7:00PM: Theater Tour & Reception

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9:45AM: Meet at the Monica Film Center

10:30AM – 12:30PM: Sony Pictures Tour
Our first stop of the day will be at the Sony Pictures lot in Culver City. We’ll take a quick tour behind-the-scenes on the lot, followed by a presentation with Grover Crisp & his team on some of the upcoming Sony Repertory restorations. After, we’ll break for lunch at the Commissary before we head out on our theater tour.

1:15PM: Downtown Independent Theater
Built on the site of the former Linda Lea Theatre, this ultra-modern single screen theater opened in 2007 with a sleek glass and steel cube design, though still retaining the exterior walls from the original 1924 theater. With the aura of its history, the Downtown Independent shows independent films and hosts live events for its community. They are also the first US movie theater to have one of our sponsors, Philips LightVibes, installed in their screening space. – See more at: http://www.downtownindependent.com/

2:30PM: Egyptian Theatre – American Cinematheque
The historically significant 1922 Egyptian Theatre was restored by the American Cinematheque in the late 1990s and has since served as the permanent home for the American Cinematheque. Built by Sid Grauman (four years prior to opening the Chinese Theatre), it is a Hollywood landmark. – See more at: http://www.americancinemathequecalendar.com/egyptian_theatre_events

3:45PM: New Beverly Cinema
The New Beverly Cinema is the premier revival theater in Los Angeles, projecting its daily double features exclusively on 35mm or 16mm film. – See more at: http://www.thenewbev.com/

4:30PM: The Cinefamily at the Silent Movie Theatre
The Cinefamily was founded in 2007 by brothers Dan and Sammy Harkham and Hadrian Belove, founder of Cinefile Video. They currently average 14 shows per week, many of which are enhanced with special guests, live music, dance parties, potlucks and other kinds of social fun. Over 65,000 patrons visit the Cinefamily annually. – See more at: http://www.cinefamily.org/
The Cinefamily was founded in 2007 by brothers Dan and Sammy Harkham and Hadrian Belove, founder of Cinefile Video. We currently average 14 shows per week, many of which are enhanced with special guests, live music, dance parties, potlucks and other kinds of social fun. Over 65,000 patrons visit the Cinefamily annually. – See more at: http://www.cinefamily.org

5:30PM: Laemmle’s Royal
We’ll stop at the Laemmle Royal Theatre for cocktails and a chance to see this historic movie palace, which has been renovated from a single-screen to a three-screen theater. *If you would like to head straight back to the Monica Film Center at 5:30pm, the bus will make two trips, one at 6:00PM and one at 6:45PM*

7:00PM: Drop off at Monica Film Center

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5:00PM: Reception at the Royal

Join us for a cocktail reception at the Royal, a beautiful single-screen built in 1924 and completely renovated and transformed to a 3-screen theater in 2013.

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Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

Monica Film Center

Timing/schedule subject to change

8:00AM - 9:00AM: Check-in and Register

Pick up your badge and conference materials for the day. Then, take a moment to introduce yourself to your fellow attendees over coffee and donuts before the day gets started.

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9:00AM - 10:00AM: Tour of the Monica Film Center

Freshly renovated, the Monica Film Center began its life as The Monica in 1970, going through several major renovations before the complete rebuild we’ll see on the tour.¬†From projection booths to auditoriums, we’ll see the place from top to bottom.

10:00AM - 11:00AM: Renovations, Restorations, and New Builds: Construction & Financing

With many theaters in our community having recently completed or just beginning renovations, restorations and new builds, this panel will discuss management strategies and overcoming challenges for your theater, from accommodating patrons in a construction zone to off-site programming while your theater is dark.

Moderator: Paul Richardson, Theater Consultant

Panelists: Trevor Abramson, Abramson Teiger; Russ Collins, Michigan Theater; Marco Marraccini, Abramson Teiger

11:00AM - 12:00PM: The Contemporary Audience for Repertory & Archival Programming

Repertory programming has been a staple of Art House theaters for years — as theaters look to grow their communities, connecting repertory and archival programming to the new and diverse audiences is critical to preserving this history. This panel will discuss both the contemporary audience for these films as well as the behind-the-scenes work needed to get these titles to the theaters and on the screen.

Moderator: Randy Haberkamp, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

Panelists: Hadrian Belove, Cinefamily; David Jennings, Sony Pictures Repertory; Gary Meyer

12:00PM - 1:30PM: Lunch Break

Head to the dozen+ restaurants nearby for lunch before coming back for an afternoon of more sessions!

1:30PM - 2:30PM: Case Study of the Laemmle Theatres

During this session, Laemmle Theatres staff members will give an overview of the history and current operation of the eight Laemmle Theatres, with a special focus on the Monica Film Center, which has recently undergone a major renovation.

Moderator: Tori Baker, Salt Lake Film Society

Panelists: Kevin Gallagher, Laemmle Theatres; Ben Garber, Laemmle Theatres; Marc Horwitz, ThreeThirty; Greg Laemmle, Laemmle Theatres; Isaac Wade, Monica Film Center

2:45PM - 3:45PM: Seeking Corporate Sponsorships For Your Theater and Festival

Are you considering approaching corporate sponsors for support? Have you identified the value proposition that will attract a business to sponsor your event, festival, or theater? This panel will share best practices when seeking corporate support. We’ll discuss how to search for corporate support, what they want from you, how to approach them, and we’ll talk about specific opportunities. If you’re a non-profit, there are also certain tax related implications related to corporate sponsorship that we’ll touch upon.

Speaker: Dianne Debicella

4:00PM - 5:00PM: Screening Film: From Preservation to Exhibition

Not even a decade has passed since the majority of exhibitors were showing movies on film and it already feels like a luxury to see a properly projected 35mm film. For too many reasons to fit in one panel, the format of film is vital to the exhibition industry — this panel will discuss a few, including long-term preservation, film title access, and the format-loving audience.

Panelists: Jennifer Ahn, Film Foundation; Steve Bellamy, Kodak; Jules McLean, New Beverly Cinema; Michael Pogorzelski, Academy Archives

5:00PM - 7:00PM: Cocktail Reception

Join us for a glass of wine and light appetizers in the Monica Film Center’s bar as we celebrate the art house community.

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