This is Sheldon Chang, one of the organizers of Sundown Cinema. I’ve been putting off writing this message because it’s not the message that I wanted to be writing at this time of year.
We’re going to be without summer movies in Downtown Campbell for another year. The reason this year is mostly due to personal reasons for me. Sundown Cinema is a huge commitment as an organizer and I wouldn't be able to fulfill the role I would need to fill to make it happen and happen in a way that I want it to. This is especially the case since we would need to get used to running the movies series in a new location.
I can’t really say one way or another what the possibility for summer movies looks like next summer except that it’s something I still very much want to see happen and something that my co-organizer, Jim Aspinwall, would like to see happen. We face some pretty stiff challenges in getting the movies rolling again, but the desire is still there so we're not ready to say we're done yet.
A number of people have asked how they could help to increase the chances that we'll be able to do this next year. The main thing that we're missing are people who have the skills and the commitment to help with the technical end of things. These are things like setting up and running the sound and projection. The ability to commit for at least five or even all ten weeks of our usual ten week run is very important. It doesn't do us much good to have a core person drop in for one or two nights.
We'll also need to restock our list of volunteers for all positions so if you might be able to help as a greeter, concessions person, clean-up person, etc.; I'd like to invite you to sign up for the Sundown Cinema mailing list. When we want to call for volunteers, we'll hit up that email list to see what we've got.
The list of volunteers also extends to replacing or sharing the duties for both me and Jim. I'm the event organizer and administrative lead. Jim Aspinwall is the tech lead. If the idea of being one of our main organizers appeals to you, let us know directly at [email protected].
This will be our third summer without movies after there were nine straight years of a full summer movie schedule between us and the original organizer of Sundown Cinema. Keep your fingers crossed and hope that the stars line up right next year.