“Coming to the film club keeps me away from drinking and feels like one step closer to being at home. When I come to the film club, the next day feels like my first day in London.” - OC Member, Providence Row
Last week I had the pleasure of a Skype call with Christoph Warrak, Founder of Open Cinema in the UK. Open Cinema is a series of film club open to everyone, btu targeted towards homeless people around the UK. Folks gather once a week for free film screenings often followed by QA’s with directors, producers, actors etc. Open Cinema has been in operation for over five years now and has nearly 10 chapters. Atendees are also invited to participate in independent film making, aided by professionals. Their videos are high quality productions, providing the budding film makers a professional platform for their artistic articulations. This blog post is preceeded by one of my favorites: Every Man is an Island.
Christoph began Open Cinemas with the humble belief that people need culture, just as much as they need food and shelter. A few years later, Open Cinema is a huge success that has touched the lives of hundreds, if not thousands.
Thank you, Christoph, for taking the time to share a bit about your organization with us here at Street Fare. We are hard at work on new programs that will certainly be informed by the genius of Open Cinema.