Beginning at the noirish hour of 3:00 a.m.(PT), Miguel Rodriguez and Beth Accomando will lock themselves inside the movie theater they co-founded and jointly program for a 24-hour Noir-A-Thon fundraiser. Rodriguez (an educator and podcaster) and Accomando (a KPBS Arts reporter) will watch all 14 films in Turner Classic Movies’ day-long Summer of Darkness series on the big screen at the Film Geeks at the Digital Gym Cinema, and cinephiles from across the country are invited to pledge their support to the indie movie house with cold, hard cash (or jack, as they say in noir) via the campaign’s Indiegogo page.
TCM has pledged to match every donation dollar-for-dollar, up to the $5,000 campaign goal. Plus, everyone who donates any amount during the 24 hour noir binge will receive an exclusive TCM Summer of Darkness button.
“Classic films are a big part of what we program at the theater, so having TCM’s support in this is an honor,” Rodriguez told me via email. “The funds will go toward supporting our mission to provide a home for independent, fringe, educational, and arthouse cinema, and to provide an exhibition center for creators and filmmakers from around the globe.”
Rodriguez and Accomando will live tweet their marathon – “the only time we’ll ever pull out our phones in the theater,” Rodriguez promises – and supporters can check in on them on YouTube, where they’ll be posting thoughts on the films. Locals are also invited to join in the fun at the Cinema beginning at 10 a.m., with free beer and pizza for all at 9 p.m. as they approach the home stretch.
“We’re not leaving until it’s over,” Rodriguez said. “Unless one of us gets bumped off.”