While Sony continues to determine how to distribute The Interview to the general public, one national group of theater owners is promising their support in bringing the film to as wide an audience as possible.
Art House Convergence, a group that represents several hundred theaters throughout the U.S. wrote an open letter to Sony executives Michael Lynton and Amy Pascal, pledging their support for screening The Interview.
“Circumstance has propelled The Interview into a spotlight on values, both societal and artistic, and in honor of our support, we want to offer our help in a way that honors our long tradition of defending creative expression,” Russ Collins, Director of the Art House Convergence, said in the open letter.
Art House Convergence promises to stand “in defense of artistic integrity and personal freedoms” by supporting Sony and offering to show The Interview in independent theaters associated with the group.
Convergence has posted a Change.org petition, asking theater owners to sign and pledge their support that they would also be willing to screen the film.
“Understanding those risks, the undersigned, independent cinema owners and operators of America under the banner of the Art House Convergence, do hereby agree to support Sony and to support theatrical engagements of The Interview should Sony, at its sole discretion, decide to release it to theaters,” the petition states.
A representative from Sony did not immediately respond to request for comment about whether the company was considering Art House Convergence’s offer. While major movie theater chains decided to not screen the film, this is not the first time an independent movie theater owner has said they would be willing to show The Interview. George R.R. Martin offered his theater as a possible screening location late last week.