Bay Area film lovers have an opportunity to help the Roxie Film Center by voting online for historic preservation funding. Participants are allowed to cast a ballot once per day through 10/31/06.
The funding is being provided by American Express Partners in Preservation, a joint effort among American Express, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and the World Monuments Fund. Twenty-five sites around the Bay Area have been nominated as candidates. In the final selection, multiple sites will receive a portion of the $1 million allocated for this year.
There are many worthy sites in the list of candidates. However, I am urging a vote (daily votes!) for the Roxie because it has been a prime venue for documentaries and off-beat films for more than two decades and because it has long suffered from abysmal funding. The Roxie is at once an historical landmark —as the oldest operating movie house in San Francisco—and a lively if scruffy center of current film culture.
To participate, go to the voting website, complete a quick registration, and cast your vote. “Vote early and often!" Please ask all your friends to join this vote.
Many thanks to Margaret Tedesco for alerting me to this funding initiative. (Photo from San Francisco Public Library archives.)