Wednesday, April 17, 2024 at 7:30pm
New York Cinema Unions: A Roundtable

361 Stagg Street, Suite 407, Brooklyn

In the spring of 2020, when Light Industry focused its efforts on the Cinema Worker Solidarity Fund, we began to hear from furloughed movie theater employees about their plans to organize. Since that time, no fewer than five different cinemas in New York City have had successful union drives (with news of Cinema Village’s campaign arriving as we were writing this very announcement). In response to such encouraging developments, Light Industry is hosting a roundtable, moderated by labor journalist Alex Press and featuring members from the current wave of local cinema unions—Stephanie Gross (Film Forum Union, UAW Local 2110), Jack Peterson (Cinema Village, UAW Local 2179), Anthony Squitire (NYC Alamo United, UAW Local 2179), Dan Sullivan (Film at Lincoln Center Union, UAW Local 2110), Ben Sepinuck (Nitehawk Workers Union, UAW Local 2179), and Gina Telaroli (Anthology Film Workers, UAW Local 2110). The discussion, which is free and open to the public, will seek to provide a personal account of how these workplaces were organized, what challenges they presently face, and what their future ambitions entail. In the words of one Nitehawk union member, “We hope we can be a part of something greater, and inspire more people to recognize that they deserve their worth.” The event will conclude with an open forum, in which all those gathered are invited to participate.

Please note: seating is limited. First-come, first-served. Box office opens at 7pm.