CEO says he hopes screenings will 'contribute to positive action that gets us all to a better place'

By Clark Collis
August 21, 2017 at 03:45 PM EDT

The Alamo Drafthouse cinema chain announced Monday a 10-film series called Intolerable: Reflections of Bigotry and Hatred in Cinema, which will explore the opposing tension of discrimination and resistance. The series is a response to the recent events in Charlottesville, Virginia, and the death of Heather Heyer as she was protesting a white nationalist rally. The series will launch with a screening of Cabaret at the Alamo Drafthouse in Charlottesville on Sept. 5 and will expand to other locations over the following weeks. Other films being screened as part of the series include Selma, Blazing Saddles, In the Heat of the Night, Green Room, and Do the Right Thing. Proceeds from those screenings will benefit the Southern Poverty Law Center.

“My immediate reaction to the violence in Charlottesville was simply one of anger,” said Alamo CEO Tim League in a statement. “However, after reflection I find that response misguided. Yes, violence, hatred, and bigotry should never be tolerated, but reacting with anger does little to heal or repair our broken fabric. Instead, my thinking shifted to one of sadness for our shattered communities coupled with the understanding that no one is born hating people for the color of their skin or their religious beliefs. I began to think how we can support and protect those marginalized while defusing hate in its earliest stages through understanding and education. Most of all, I asked ‘How can we make our communities better for all?’ In response, the programming team at Alamo Drafthouse has curated a series of films that reflect on bigotry and intolerance. In the hands of great filmmakers, these films uniquely address the complex issues we currently face in America, and are united in their refusal to accept intolerance. We believe in these films and the messages they convey. We hope this series and these screenings will contribute to positive action that gets us all to a better place.”

Watch the trailer for Selma, above.