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Hurricane Sandy Hurts NYC Indie Film World: Studios, Rep Theatres

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood November 2, 2012 at 3:43PM

As if independent film isn't up against enough already. The indie film world in New York City has taken a battering since the violent arrival of Hurricane Sandy earlier this week, with various Manhattan-based headquarters wading through flooding and power outages at the moment when Oscar season planning should be ramping up. The Tribeca offices for Indiewire/Snagfilms have been without power and shuttered all week with staffers working remotely; they are expected to reopen on Monday, November 5.
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The Queensborough Bridge post-Hurricane Sandy
The Queensborough Bridge post-Hurricane Sandy

As if independent film isn't up against enough already. The indie film world in New York City has taken a battering since the violent arrival of Hurricane Sandy earlier this week, with various Manhattan-based headquarters wading through flooding and power outages at the moment when Oscar season planning should be ramping up. The Tribeca offices for Indiewire/Snagfilms have been without power and shuttered all week with staffers working remotely; they are expected to reopen on Monday, November 5.

Sony Pictures Classics, the Weinstein Company, Oscilloscope Laboratories and Cinetic have all been under disaster duress, and dealing with closed offices for part or all of the past week as the blackout and flooding continues. TWC, for example, has 20 feet of seawater occupying its basement, a situation the company's I.T. personnel were unprepared for. And email was down for three days, a dire inconvenience for the beginning of awards season. Meanwhile, SPC has regained power, but is still operating a smaller team in New Jersey to accommodate its outer-Burroughs employees.

Repertory theaters are taking hits as well. This writer received a forlorn email message from the excellently-curated NY staple Film Forum, on October 31, saying the Village theatre would be closed until further notice. UPDATE: Film Forum reopened November 3. The Quad and Village IFC Center are also down due to power outages. However, uptown Film Society Lincoln Center, on Manhattan's less-damaged West Side, was able to make a speedier recovery and reopened Thursday. 

This article is related to: News, Hurricane Sandy , The Weinsten Co., Sony Pictures Classics


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.