NOTE: the below letter was sent via email from Film Independent President Josh Welsh to our community on Friday, March 13 in follow-up to a message about how we are monitoring the current situation. We’re re-posting it here, to be updated with developing information regarding the organization as news develops. We thank all of you for your patience and support.
As promised, I wanted to share an update about the rapidly escalating COVID-19 situation and Film Independent’s decision to pause our regular programming. In response to California Governor Gavin Newsom’s statewide guidance urging the cancellation or postponement of non-essential events, we will postpone all events, screenings, classes and programs scheduled for the remainder of the month of March. Our offices will not be open to the public, and our casting rooms and screening room will not be available for rental. We will reassess where we are in the coming weeks and communicate any developments accordingly.
Film Independent continues to follow the recommendations of the CDC on preventative steps to keep our community healthy. We are also staying up to date with the CDC recommendations as they may continue to change.
In the coming weeks, we will communicate with you about rescheduled program dates, and will provide an update in early April to keep everyone informed. To stay up to date on our online offerings for Members, continue to check our website, filmindependent.org. To stay updated on Coronavirus and best practices, visit the CDC website.
This crisis is nothing any of us could have reasonably expected. I want to assure you, our community, of our standing commitment to serve filmmakers during this difficult time, when coronavirus may have dire financial consequences for many of our Members and Film Independent as an organization. If at this time you are in a position to support our efforts, please consider making a donation.
We wish you good health.
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