Monday, June 13, 2005

Projectionists of Gotham, reel out!

The new IFC Center on the site of the former Waverly Twin (across from the West 4th St. subway station at 323 Sixth Ave.) hasn't even officially opened, and it's already attracting rabid mobs of protestors (OK, so mabye they're not rabid). Turns out, they're not hiring union labor, according to Variety [watch the ad to read the full article]. And the projectionists of IATSE Local 306 (who don't seem to have much spare time to make a good looking website) are angry. So how many jobs are at stake here? The union reportedly had two (!) members on site at the old Waverly. Still, it's good to see a union staking out its territory.

So who owns IFC? Rainbow Media, which is a subsidiary by Cablevision Systems Corp., owners of Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall and Clearview Cinemas (which owned the Waverly Twin), and recent vocal opponents of the Jets planned invasion of their Midtown turf. So when they say Independent Film Channel, they really mean small appendage of a major media conglomerate.

What I want to know is: Will you have to cross the picket line (or in this case, brush past the picketing gaggle) if you go to see the premiere of Miranda July's Me and You and Everyone We Know this Friday night?


Anonymous said...

I was shocked to find out IFC was owned by Cablevision. Makes me wonder who ownes the other "independent" cinemas downtown.
- Daryl

Anonymous said...

I'm boycotting this theater until they allow their projectors to unionize, and there's no way I am crossing the picket line. In fact, I might even call up local 306 and help out on the picket line. Fight the power!