In support of its outreach and education efforts, FilmL.A. has partnered with Los Angeles City Council District Offices, California State Assemblymembers, local Neighborhood Councils and the industry to sponsor several summer movie nights for area residents. FilmL.A.’s Community Outreach Liaisons Arturo Piña and Guy Langman, who oversee the summer screening sponsorships, describe the program as one way that FilmL.A. thanks local communities for becoming and remaining film friendly.
FilmL.A. supports community screenings by taking care of licensing fees, providing gift cards for raffles, and by providing free popcorn for film viewers to enjoy. “Local summer movie programs are a great way to meet our community neighbors in a fun family environment,” said Arturo Piña.
All FilmL.A. sponsored movie screenings are free and open to the public. Below is a list of the communities that have partnered with FilmL.A.’s efforts.
In the month of May, FilmL.A. sponsored the first of several North Hollywood-area summer movies in the park in conjunction with the North Hollywood and North Hollywood North East Neighborhood Councils, and Councilmember Paul Krekorian’s office. The series kicked off with The Beatles in A Hard Day’s Night.
Summer Movie Nights in Council District 1 were hosted by Los Angeles City Councilmember Gilbert Cedillo, Fox Entertainment Group, the Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks and FilmL.A. This series involved six screenings including, Night at the Museum, The Penguins of Madagascar, Paddington, The Lorax, Big Hero 6 and The Goonies. Screening locations included Peace and Hope Park, Pico Union Vest Park and the Rampart Police Stations.
FilmL.A. also partnered with the Studio City Neighborhood Council for a second consecutive year, co-sponsoring its Summer Movies in the Park series. The Neighborhood Council, in partnership with Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Krekorian, CBS Studio Center, the City of Los Angeles and NBCUniversal are screening two films, Jurassic Park and The BoxTrolls, all at Beeman Park. FilmL.A. donated popcorn and gift cards for this series.
Council District 11’s 2015 Summer Movie Series is sponsored by Councilmember Mike Bonin. Council District 11 covers the Brentwood, Del Rey, Mar Vista, Marina Del Rey, Pacific Palisades, Playa Del Rey, Playa Vista, Santa Monica Canyon, West LA, Westchester and Venice communities. The series will be screening a total of five films spanning the summer months: Back to the Future, The Sandlot, Despicable Me, Brave and E.T.
Lastly, the First Annual Lake Balboa Movie Madness movie series debuted this summer at Woodley Park. The Lake Balboa Neighborhood Council, The Recognized Actor, Friends of SBOLDP and FilmL.A. partnered for this series. There were two screenings in the series, E.T. and Best in Show. The Neighborhood Council also sponsored live bands, a pet adoption fair and costume show.
“Last year we had our first summer movie partnership in Studio City, as a way of giving back to a community that works often with on location film crews,” said Guy Langman. “As our budget allows, we hope to team up with even more neighborhoods in the future. Our goal is to work closely with neighborhoods that host filming and support them before filming and after shooting wraps.”
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