Kino

Hilferuf an US-Kongress

In einem Brief an den US-Kongress haben Dutzende von Filmemachern, die Directors Guild of America (DGA), die National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) und die Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) Unterstützung für die Kinos in der Corona-Krise eingefordert.

01.10.2020 08:37 • von Jochen Müller
"Tenet"-Regisseur Christopher Nolan zählt zu den Unterzeichnern des Hilferufs an den US-Kongress (Bild: imago images / UPI Photo)

Filmemacher wie Christopher Nolan, James Cameron, Judd Apatow, Jon Chu, Sofia Coppola, Alfonso Cuarón, Lee Daniels und Clint Eastwood haben sich mit der Directors Guild of America (DGA), der National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) und der Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) zusammengetan und sich mit einem Hilferuf an den US-Kongress gewandt.

In einem Brief an den Mehrheitsführer im US-Senat, Mitch McConnell, die Sprecherin des US-Repräsentantenhauses, Nancy Pelosi, den Vorsitzenden der Demokratischen Partei im Senat, Chuck Schumer, und den Vorsitzenden der Republikanischen Partei im US-Repräsentantenhaus, Kevin McCarthy, machen die Unterzeichner zunächst deutlich, dass die Kinos die Folgen der Pandemie nicht überleben könnten, wenn für sie keine Lösung gefunden würde. Zuvor hatte das US-Repräsentantenhaus eine Abstimmung über ein geplantes Hilfspaket zur Unterstützung der US-Wirtschaft in Höhe von 2,2 Billionen Dollar verschoben.

Untermauert wird der Hilferuf von seinen Unterzeichnern, die betonen, dass der Kinobesuch "ein zentrales Element im Leben der Amerikaner" ist, mit aktuellen Zahlen. Demnach hätten 93 Prozent der Kinobetreiber im zweiten Quartal 2020 massive Verluste geschrieben. Wenn sich an dem Status Quo nichts ändere, müssten 69 Prozent der kleinen oder mittelgroßen Kinos Konkurs anmelden oder dauerhaft schließen; 66 Prozent der Arbeitsplätze in der Kinobranche seien in Gefahr. Neben den direkt betroffenen Arbeitsplätzen in den Kinos seien jedoch auch Millionen von Jobs in Bereichen wie Filmverleih, Marketing und Produktion betroffen.

Die Mitglieder des US-Kongress sollten eine Lösung für die spezifischen Bedürfnisse der Kinos finden und beispielsweise nicht verwendete Mittel aus dem staatlichen Förderprogramm Cares Act neu zuweisen, heißt es in dem Brief an den Kongress weiter.

Der Brief an den US-Kongress im Wortlaut:

Dear Leader McConnell, Speaker Pelosi, Leader Schumer, and Leader McCarthy:

Thank you for your leadership at this challenging time for our country. As you consider forthcoming COVID-19 relief legislation, we ask you to prioritize assistance for the hardest-hit industries, like our country's beloved movie theaters.

No doubt you are hearing from many, many businesses that need relief. Movie theaters are in dire straits, and we urge you to redirect unallocated funds from the CARES Act to proposals that help businesses that have suffered the steepest revenue drops due to the pandemic, or to enact new proposals such as the RESTART Act (S. 3814/H.R. 7481). Absent a solution designed for their circumstances, theaters may not survive the impact of the pandemic.

The pandemic has been a devastating financial blow to cinemas. 93% of movie theater companies had over 75% in losses in the second quarter of 2020. If the status quo continues, 69% of small and mid-sized movie theater companies will be forced to file for bankruptcy or to close permanently, and 66% of theater jobs will be lost. Our country cannot afford to lose the social, economic, and cultural value that theaters provide.

The moviegoing experience is central to American life. 268 million people in North America went to the movies last year to laugh, cry, dream, and be moved together. Theaters are great unifiers where our nation's most talented storytellers showcase their cinematic accomplishments. Every aspiring filmmaker, actor, and producer dreams of bringing their art to the silver screen, an irreplaceable experience that represents the pinnacle of filmmaking achievement.

As well as their critical cultural impact, theaters are economic force multipliers. In addition to the 150,000 employees working in cinemas nationwide, the industry supports millions of jobs in movie production and distribution, and countless others in surrounding restaurants and retailers that rely on theaters for foot traffic. Movie theaters are also leaders in employing underrepresented groups, including people with disabilities, senior citizens, and first-time job holders. Cinemas are an essential industry that represent the best that American talent and creativity have to offer. But now we fear for their future.

Theaters need specific relief targeted to their circumstances. We urge you to come together on a bipartisan solution that provides this relief, by reallocating unspent funds from the CARES Act toward programs designed for industries like movie theaters, or by enacting new proposals such as the RESTART Act. These solutions would fulfill Congress's intent in helping severely distressed sectors of the economy and ensure that our resources are focused on the industries that need them the most.

Please fight for our country's beloved and essential cinemas by including relief for them in any forthcoming COVID-19 legislation. Thank you for your leadership and for considering this request.

Sincerely,

John Fithian, President & CEO, NATO

Russ Hollander, National Executive Director, DGA

Charles Rivkin, Chairman & CEO, MPA

Thomas Schlamme, President, DGA

Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje

Agustin Almodovar

Pedro Almodovar

Wes Anderson

Judd Apatow

Jon Avnet

Sean Baker

Noah Baumbach

Michael Bay

Susanne Bier

Barbara Broccoli

James Cameron

Antonio Campos

Damien Chazelle

Jon M. Chu

Sofia Coppola

Alfonso Cuarón

Lee Daniels

Dean Devlin

Clint Eastwood

Andrew Erwin

Jon Erwin

Paul Feig

Shana Feste

Scott Frank

Cary Joji Fukunaga

Greta Gerwig

Evan Goldberg

Paul Greengrass

Leslie Greif

Luca Guadagnino

Catherine Hardwicke

Alma Har'el

Albert Hughes

Allen Hughes

Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu

Barry Jenkins

Patty Jenkins

Rian Johnson

Miranda July

Nicole Kassell

Jon Landau

Francis Lawrence

Mimi Leder

Ang Lee

Rob Letterman

Shawn Levy

Richard Linklater

James Mangold

Sam Mendes

Adam McKay

Steve McQueen

Ted Melfi

Reed Morano

Christopher Nolan

David O. Russell

Todd Phillips

Guy Ritchie

Seth Rogen

Joachim Rønning

Michael R. Roskam

Martin Scorsese

M. Night Shyamalan

Zack Snyder

Steven Soderbergh

Joey Soloway

David E. Talbert

Betty Thomas

Emma Thomas

Liesl Tommy

Denis Villeneuve

Taika Waititi

James Wan

Lulu Wang

Chris Weitz

Paul Weitz

Michael G. Wilson

Edgar Wright

Joe Wright

Cathy Yan

David Yates