The Alamo Drafthouse is best known for zero tolerance policy on cell phones, our great food and beer and our sometimes outrageous stunts. But we also have a core value of giving back to our local community. We do this by offering our venues for benefits and cause-related screenings, by donating movie passes to community groups, and by giving new filmmakers the chance to show their work to the public. But the way we most love to give back is by sharing our passion for film through programs like our free Kids Camp.
Films can bring books to life for young readers and we frequently host low-cost field trips for school groups. This month we are bringing Harper Lee’s TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD to the big screen as part of our Tough Ladies series.
What makes it even more special, is that MOCKINGBIRD is being presented in partnership with Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls, a rapidly expanding online network and community movement that inspires young women (and all of us) to change the world by being their authentic selves. Amy filmed a special introduction to the film that will run at all Alamo MOCKINGBIRD screenings. We absolutely agree with her that “there is no bigger Smart Girl in the world than Scout”. Through the character of Scout, we see our own struggles to speak up against racism and sexism, and we experience the pain and confusion that comes when you find out that grown-ups don’t always do the right thing.
MOCKINGBIRD encourages us to have tough conversations that are critically important in our communities. To foster that conversation, we are offering discounted screenings for school and community groups and a free discussion guide they can use after the film. We hope you will join the conversation.
For more information about Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls, go to www.amysmartgirls.com. For showtimes and to arrange a field trip for your group, contact your local Alamo Drafthouse here.
Plus, here is a sneak peak of Amy's intro and a photo that will melt your heart: