The prominent group of 27 influential people include: Ken Chenault, the Chairman of American Express, the Chairman of BET Networks Debra Lee and Richard Parsons, the former CEO of Time Warner. The fund will allow 7th, 8th and 9th graders to view the film for free from January 8th – January 19th at participating theaters.
Directed by Golden Globe nominee Ava DuVernay, Selma follows the historic civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in March 1965. Known as Bloody Sunday, the entire world watched as hundreds of people were hosed, beaten and attacked with dogs on live television.
Selma is such an important film. The film will not only teach students about the civil rights movement but it will also help them sort out the questions they may have now about current events like the Michael Brown and Eric Garner cases. We hope to hear of more news like this!
Below are a list of the participating NYC theaters:
UA Kaufman Astoria Cinemas 14, Astoria
AMC Bay Plaza Cinema 13, Bronx
Concourse Plaza Multiplex 10, Bronx
Alpine Cinemas 8, Brooklyn
Bam Harvey Theater, Brooklyn
Cobble Hill Cinemas 5, Brooklyn
Linden Boulevard Multiplex Cinemas 14, Brooklyn
The Pavilion Theater, Brooklyn
UA Court Street 12, Brooklyn
UA Sheepshead Bay Stadium 14, Brooklyn
Williamsburg Cinemas 7, Brooklyn
Movieworld Cinemas 7, Douglaston
AMC Fresh Meadows 7, Fresh Meadows
UA Midway Stadium 9, Forest Hills
Regal Atlas Park Stadium 8, Glendale
Jamaica Multiplex Cinemas 15, Jamaica
AMC Loews 34th Street 14, New York
AMC Loews Kips Bay 15, New York
AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13, New York
AMC Empire 25, New York
AMC Magic Johnson Harlem 9, New York
Bow Tie Chelsea Cinemas 9, New York
City Cinemas East 86th Street Cinema, New York
Regal Battery Park Stadium 11, New York
Regal Union Square Stadium 14, New York
UA Staten Island Stadium 16, Staten Island
College Point Multiplex Cinemas 12, Whitestone
Take your kid to see Selma now!