LACMA's weekend film series gets extended -- but 'still in jeopardy'
But all the publicity, bad or otherwise, that the Los Angeles County Museum of Art received after it tried to eliminate its weekend film series last summer, then reversed itself after an outcry from cinema lovers, hasn’t greatly boosted attendance or advanced the museum’s bid to raise $5 million or more for an endowment to cover the film program’s costs.
The protests that saved the program included director Martin Scorsese’s open letter in The Times, asserting the importance of movie screenings in a museum context. But despite the high-profile backdrop to their fundraising efforts, LACMA officials say that financial support – presumably from film industry figures who’d be the logical donors to an L.A. film endowment – has not materialized.
The weekend film program still lives, and will for at least another fiscal year, LACMA officials said. But without the $5-million to $6-million endowment that museum director Michael Govan wants to raise to cover most costs, it will remain on life support.
“The film program is still in jeopardy,” Melody Kanschat, LACMA’s president, said last week.
Photo: Martin Scorsese and Michael Govan discussed the the future of film at LACMA's Bing Auditorium in January. Credit: Ann Johansson / For The Times