Cinefamily To Shut Down Following Sexual Harassment Scandal

Brunilde Fioravanti
Novembre 15, 2017

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Los Angeles-based movie venue, Cinefamily, but instead of celebrating, the non-profit cinematheque's board of directors announced that it would be downing shutters soon.

The news comes after the popular venue suspended all its activities in August after the scandal hit.

"The damage caused to the organization by the conduct of some and the crippling debt now facing The Cinefamily are, in the Board's view, irreparable", the board said in a statement, citing that after conducting an "exhaustive analysis of the organization's current operational, reputational and financial status", it had chose to officially shut down Cinefamily for good.

"The damage caused to the organization by the conduct of some and the crippling debt now facing the Cinefamily are, in the Board's view, irreparable", the board of directors said in a statement.

The Los Angeles Times reports that while the investigation did uncover "breaches of acceptable behavior alleged to have happened at Cinefamily offices and events; a climate that discouraged employees and volunteers from reporting distressing workplace incidents and/or made them feel unheard if they did so; and critical lapses in communication from the executive management to the Board". The historic Silent Movie Theatre on Fairfax Avenue in West Hollywood will be closed and renovated by the landlord. In September an anonymous email circulated among members of the board and later publicly accusing executive director and co-founder Hadrian Belove of sexual harassment and board member Shadie Elnashai of harassment and sexual assault. This is in the wake of sexual assault allegations against Cinefamily executives that led to the departure of two of them.

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