B O A R D OF T R U S T E E S
President, Campbell Dalglish (Founder)
Vice President & Treasurer, James McPeak
Secretary, Dr. Joseph Graskemper
Trustee, Catherine Oberg (Founder)
Honorary Trustee, Isabella Rossellini
P E R F O R M I N G A R T S I N C I N E M A C O M M I T T E E
Chairs, Karen Ferb & Betsy Smith
If you would like to contact the Performing Arts in Cinema (PAiC) committee with comments or suggestions, please email Karen Ferb at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Plaza's mission is to celebrate the power and magic of film as an art form and as a medium for multicultural exchange and social responsibility by:
- Screening quality mainstream, independent, and foreign films, and opera and plays captured live from world stages.
- Presenting series and festivals with guest speakers.
- Offering field trips, classes, and workshops in filmmaking and animation.
- Contributing to the economic and cultural development of the community.
If you are interested in supporting our mission please contact Executive Director Catherine Oberg at email@example.com.
The Plaza Cinema & Media Arts Center is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3), community supported organization. This means there are no shareholders and that all monies are used to fund operations, programming, and capital campaigns.
The Plaza's operational model brings cultural and educational programming under one mission-driven roof and is fiscally supported by a combination of admission and tuition, philanthropic funding, grants, business sponsorships, and community contributions.
In the fall of 2010 a group of volunteers unassumingly began screening films once a month in Shand's Loft at the BrickHouse Brewery and received an enthusiastic response. After nine months of "Monday Nights at The Movies" it was clear that the South shore community wanted its own Art House Cinema - Plaza MAC, Inc. was born. Encouraged by a $5,000 gift from filmmaker George Stoney the founders moved into a bare bones 1,200 sq. ft. storefront at the new Artspace on Terry Street. With hammers and paint brushes in hand, the volunteers caught the attention of a local newspaper reporter. Inspired by what was happening, community members started sending unsolicited checks to The Plaza.
In just a few years The Plaza community's gifts have made it possible to build a box office, folding chairs were replaced by stackable chairs, the Blue Velvet lounge wine bar and concession area replaced folding tables, walls replaced curtains, risers were modified to accommodate 68 reclining cinema seats, and the screening and sound equipment were up-graded. Most recently The Plaza community made it possible to secure a state-of-the art digital cinema system and two art deco marquees.
The Art House Movement
The Plaza Cinema & Media Arts Center is part of an international consortium, the Art House Convergence, which by 2015 consisted of over 500 exhibitors, film festivals, and allied organizations.
The idea of the Art House Convergence (AHC) was born in 2008 when a group of exhibitors were brought together at the Sundance Film Festival as part of the Sundance Institute’s Art House Project.
Robert Redford foresaw the need and necessity to mobilize independent movie houses to protect their interests against commercial multiplexes and build negotiating power to secure movies from the big studios. But there was also a second need to “save” independent movie houses from extinction; they were needed to exhibit the smaller films produced by independent filmmakers as well as foreign films. Thus was born the idea of an Art House cinema that serves a community's needs as a cultural institution as well as for showcasing quality films that would never be seen in a multiplex cinema.
The mission of the AHC is to increase the quantity and quality of Art House cinemas in North America. The organization strives to reflect its core intention, community-based, mission-driven, in all its programs, seminars and the annual conference.