North County Film Club starts petition to get more foreign and indie films in Oceanside.
ANCHOR INTRO: The North County Film Club's mission is to bring foreign and independent films to their region. KPBS arts reporter Beth Accomando looks at a petition the group has just started.
If you live in North County, you might not have as many theatrical films choices as someone living in downtown San Diego. Jennifer Hamilton is corporate liaison for the North County Film Club. Four years ago the club started a monthly program in Oceanside to showcase foreign and independent film.
JENNIFER HAMILTON: Which means not only bringing films closer to home, so for us that means in North County not having to go into Hillcrest and La Jolla and places like that but also keeping the cost down, which is why we offer season passes that end up making the cost per film about $4 each.
Now Hamilton is trying to get signatures on a petition asking studios to make art house films more available to mainstream theaters like the UltraStar Mission Marketplace, where the Club holds its screenings. She hopes the theater can use the petition to prove to studios that there's a market ready and waiting in North County.
JENNIFER HAMILTON: We've seen how something can start off seeming absolutely impossible and then ten years later what you thought was impossible has become the norm.
The petition is online at N-C-Film-Club-dot-com. The North County Film Club's new season starts January 22nd with "The Concert."
Beth Accomando, KPBS News.