I am delighted to have been named design director of the Westport Cinema Initiative here in Westport, CT. Under the leadership of Sandra Lefkowitz, our mission is to build two small movie theaters in downtown Westport, in which first-run foreign films and film festivals and accomplished amateur efforts can be seen and discussed. The WCI theaters will be places where the love of cinema is celebrated. Westport has lacked any movie facilities since 1999, when the Fine Arts theaters gave up under perpetually-increasing rental costs. With the exception of a couple of notable restaurants, downtown has suffered from the loss of purpose after sunset. Our intention is to bring a focal point back to town – and to further the already outstanding arts community served by the Westport Arts Center and the Westport Country Playhouse. I am particularly proud to be working with four fine Westport-based designers: Gene Seidman, Jerry Kuyper (who designed the logo), Moshe Aelyon, and Sooo-z Mastropietro.
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