-In August, LA repertory theater and celeb-frequented spot Cinefamily (whose board includes Elijah Wood, Brie Larson, and Richard Linklater, amongst others) was temporarily shut down amid sexual assault allegations against Hadrian Belove and other board members.
-Rather than fully shutting down, Cinefamily discreetly ran secret screenings employing some of the same volunteers.
-Cinefamily hired an investigator to look into the sexual assault claims as well as set up a "confidential" hotline for employees to call into - former employees allege that this investigator trained at the same agency as the one Weinstein hired to silence his own accusers.
-"Black Card" members (aka the theater's shareholders who received special screenings, privileges, etc, in exchange for a monthly "donation") were still being charged for membership as late as November despite the theater being "closed" in August. In response to mounting frustrations as well as threats of possibly pursuing legal action, Cinefamily deleted the Facebook group for Black Card members - after they had promised to reimburse them.
-Cinefamily now claims it cannot pay the members owed. However, the co-owners (as well as members of the previous board) are pursuing future renovations at the theater.
-Filmmaker Anna Biller (The Love Witch) alleges that Cinefamily still has not paid her for screenings. ('The Love Witch' screened at Cinefamily back in January 2017.)
For those feeling exhausted about the post-Weinstein news cycle, consider this: The NYT broke Harvey on 10/5, but we've been reporting stories like these since mid-August and Cinefamily.— Liz Shannon Miller (@lizlet) November 11, 2017
It's been three months of this.
How about if you're a filmmaker that was never paid?— Anna Biller (@missannabiller) November 15, 2017
Introducing (to those who may not know) Dan Harkham (the landlord, the board member/treasurer, co-founder) who will be renovating and creating a new theater. Meanwhile members and vendors are still owed money! #ThingsThatMakeYouGoHmmm @cinefamily #cinefamily #sketchy pic.twitter.com/GItGQzwiYK— jerri blank (@lacommaresecca) November 15, 2017
Believe they're dead, don't believe they're dead in good faith.— 🦃 Hayley "Do Not Trust The Pilgrims" Michelle! 🍗 (@isaidhay) November 15, 2017
Black Card members were starting to push for the books. May be dead ... but still owe members money.
Sad the LA Times just repeats everything Cinefamily says at face value instead of investigating themselves. https://t.co/HeiGFNgZSu
The investigator .@cinefamily hired (who they wanted ppl to report abuse to) trained at the same agency Weinstein used to silence accusers. https://t.co/bci3PRzu4n— Dont Bro Me if You Don't Know Me (@MrsJennyRyan) November 7, 2017
Cool that the #Cinefamily board supported a "good faith investigation"—so were they also cool w/it when Hadrian called media outlets encouraging them to write articles on his behalf that would smear his accusers? Cuz that happened.https://t.co/2PhsgAdrFX— Dont Bro Me if You Don't Know Me (@MrsJennyRyan) November 15, 2017
.@jenn_swann was working on the Cinefamily story for LA Weekly for something like 8 months but couldn't break it because of their threatening lawyers. She didn't break the story, but Jenn's reporting broke the dam & I want her to get credit.— April Wolfe (@AWolfeful) November 15, 2017
Damn the cinefamily black card social page has been deleted so people can’t bitch about still getting charged for it.— NickroBBB2Dope hey i've got more space here umm... (@Nickrob) November 15, 2017
Cinefamily stepping down to spend more time with their Cinelawsuits https://t.co/JzfBmyobH9— Krister Johnson (@KristerJohnson) November 15, 2017
So sad. Victims remain unheard. https://t.co/KuIrWHZivU— Xeni Jardin 🤯 (@xeni) November 15, 2017
So @Cinefamily is closed. So sad. Hope somebody cool re-opens it soon. #RIP— Doug Benson (@DougBenson) November 15, 2017
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ONTD, have you ever been a founder of FYF fest who feigned bankruptcy to escape both moral and financial responsibilities?