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Cinefamily closes temporarily pending an investigation of sexual harassment and abuse claims

by John Horn and Jonathan Shifflett | The Frame

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Cinefamily at the Silent Movie Theater on Fairfax Ave has closed temporarily. Alison Buck/Getty Images for Atlantic Record

The popular indie film theater, Cinefamily, has temporarily closed its doors as it deals with the resignation of its founder and a board member over sexual harassment and abuse allegations. 

Cinefamily — housed at a former silent movie theater in the Fairfax District — has been a hub for cinephiles looking for eclectic and carefully curated films since it opened 10 years ago. But last week, an anonymous email circulated that alleged sexual misconduct by executive creative director Hadrian Belove and vice president of the board of directors, Shadie Elnashai. Both Belove and Elnashai have resigned in wake of the allegations.

In a couple of recent tweets, Cinefamily announced it is coordinating with an LAPD officer and that an outside party has been hired to investigate the claims of harassment and abuse.

https://twitter.com/cinefamily/status/900165916947697664

https://twitter.com/cinefamily/status/901621483662753793

Dana Harris, editor-in-chief for IndieWire, has been covering the story. When she spoke with The Frame, we asked her if more victims had spoken out since last week's allegations.

Yes. Not to the public, but I've spoken to a number of women. Everybody talks about a toxic environment, sexual harassment and verbal abuse from Hadrian. It's the same story over and over.

We reached out to Cinefamily for comment, but received no response.

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