February 9, 2018
Community Newsletter
Cinema Arts Centre Hosts Long Island Community Foundation Event, Addressing Critical Issues for Long Islanders
On Tuesday January 23rd, the Cinema Arts Centre was proud to host the Long Island Community Foundation for a very special private screening and discussion program, addressing urgent issues on Long Island.
Attended by many of the generous donors who, through the Long Island Community Foundation, support the nonprofits that make Long Island a better place to live, the event featured two documentaries created by Long Island filmmakers.

Heroin/Opioid Substance Abuse Here on Long Island, a Town of Brookhaven documentary, was the opening film, followed by UNDOCUMENTED: The Life Story of Dr. Harold Fernandez, with director Patricia Shih in person.
These films were accessible to the deaf, blind, and hard of hearing thanks to funding to the CAC from the Joseph, Violet, Virginia & Muriel Pless Family Fund at the Long Island Community Foundation. We were thrilled to have Muriel Pless in attendance at the event.

“We are grateful for our partnership with CAC and for hosting this inspiring and interesting evening for our donors,” said David Okorn, executive director at LICF. “The two outstanding Long Island documentaries gave our donors an insider’s view on devastating issues afflicting our region.”

The Long Island Community Foundation is a nonprofit, charitable organization that connects donors with the full spectrum of charitable organizations within our community. In 1978, The New York Community Trust, one of the nation's oldest and largest community foundations, established a Long Island division to provide Nassau and Suffolk County residents with an economical alternative to a private foundation or a commercial gift fund.

In addition to giving donors the opportunity to act on their values by connecting them with funding opportunities, the Long Island Community Foundation also funds area nonprofits through a competitive grant process. It was through this process that the Long Island Community Foundation helped make possible the CAC's purchase of digital projection equipment in 2012, allowing the continuation of our daily independent film programming.
New Podcast: Interview with Claudia Copquin
Claudia Copquin is a ffreelance journalist, author, essayist and Founder and Producer at Word Up: Long Island LitFest, Long Island’s first literary festival. Word Up: Long Island LitFest produces events that bring readers and writers together, such as  LIVING, OUT LOUD: WRITERS RIFF ON LOVE, SWEAT & FEARS, to be held at the Cinema Arts Centre of Sunday, February 18 at 4pm.

Recently, Claudia sat down with our Director of Publicity and Promotions, Raj Tawney for a great conversation about writing, the arts, and the very special community we have here at the Cinema Arts Centre. CLICK HERE to listen.
Special Thanks to our 2018 Academy Awards Night Fundraiser Sponsors!
Circle of Friends Volunteers and CAC Staff are working hard to prepare for our 2018 Academy Awards Night Fundraiser . This much-anticipated event helps to fund our programs and operations. Special thanks to this year's sponsors:
We Are A Finalist!
We are so excited to tell you that the Cinema Arts Centre has advanced from semi-finalist to finalist for the Claire Friedlander Arts & Culture Award which will be awarded to one of four finalists at the 2018 Long Island Imagine Awards. It is an honor to be in the company of the other strong finalists. Presented by Cerini & Associates, LLP, the 6th Annual Long Island Imagine Awards will be held on May 1. Click here for details.
Life of the Cinema Campaign Succeeds!
Thanks to everyone who supported the 2017 Vic Skolnick Life of the Cinema Campaign, which closed on January 31, 2018!

Many of our members chose to give an additional gift to our annual fund, providing such an important piece of our revenue pie, and helping to ensure our ability to continue to deliver excellent independent film programs and cultural events to our community. We are so grateful to our members, and member/donors for continuing to stand with the Cinema Arts Centre, now in our 45th year!

During last year's annual campaign we reserved a portion of funds raised for seat replacement. Funds raised through sales of seat plaques have also been reserved for seat replacement. However, the timeline of this project has changed. Originally scheduled for fall, and then winter, we are now waiting for a third party issue to be resolved before we can set a new date for replacing our seats in cinemas one and two. All funds contributed specifically for seat replacement are being held aside for this project, which we are committed to seeing through. We will continue to provide updates as the timeline becomes more clear.

 The Cinema Arts Centre is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization. The mission of the Cinema Arts Centre is to bring the best in cinematic artistry to Long Island, and use the power of film to expand the awareness and consciousness of our community.
Thanks to our February Program Sponsors:
Thanks to Stuart and Ginger Polisner for their ongoing support of our Real-to-Reel and Creativity Series.

When you visit a business that supports the cinema, please let them know how much it means to you.
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