CORRECTION: Film promoter clarifies how fund-raiser came out (details below) . . .
The District Weekly, the Long Beach alternative newsweekly started by former OC Weeklings, went up in smoke last month, so why not use Up in Smoke to help raise cash for the pub's starving freelance writers?
Using her powerful powers of persuasion, Griles has convinced Mondo Celluloid, the Long Beach Film Society and the Art Theatre to donate all proceeds from the April 20 screening of Cheech and Chong's masterpinche to what she calls "The District's forlorned fugee freelancers."
To re-iterate, the fund-raiser for former District writers is April 20 at the Art Theatre in Long Beach.
(Yep, it's on 4/20 . . . heh-heh.)
First off, thanks SO much for your coverage of our upcoming Up in Smoke screening, as well as your continued support of our events at Mondo Celluloid! Just saw your link. We really do appreciate the word-of-mouth, as we are all very motivated to help Ellen [Griley, former District Weekly editor] out on her crusade--it is an impressive and humbling endeavor, and we admire her greatly for taking this on.
We wanted to contact you to clarify an inaccuracy in this coverage; normally we wouldn't feel the need, but I hope you understand why in this case it's important to us:
As Ellen would gladly confirm, I brought the Up in Smoke fundraiser idea to Ellen. I had already booked Up in Smoke, and when I heard the District closed, I was immediately motivated to do something to help Ellen and the writers out. I decided the Up in Smoke screening might be a perfect opportunity to provide assistance, so over Pub Trivia at the Basement Lounge, I proposed the idea to her. The reason it is important that this be clarified is because Mondo Celluloid has been working hard to establish ourselves within the community as an organization dedicated to support the arts as well as other independent organizations, and to collaborate with them to help boost their turnout and impact. I'm sure it wasn't your intent, but the wording in your article makes it sound not only like this wasn't our idea, but that Ellen had to convince us to do it. We want the community to know that, as we have previously with local organizations such as the AMP Organization and Alive Theatre, we are always happy to collaborate and to share in the success of an event. I hope you understand that this isn't about "WE WANT THE CREDIT!," but that such credit really does help when trying to establish yourself as an altruistic presence within the community.
Griley is looking for sponsors--head shops, medical marijuana collectives, uptight cops with hairlips and plaid slacks--to help generate even more income at the event.
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She's also organizing future music-based and art-based fund-raisers for her former crew in late April/early May. Griles has grand plans of raising $8,500 with the trifecta.
Give early and give often.
And don't forget to thank Logan for his valuable assistance.