A conversation with the founders and leadership of Vidiots Foundation, all of whom are working moms in the film industry.

In our first episode of Mamas in Film, we share space with Vidiots Foundation Founders Patty Polinger and Cathy Tauber, Executive Director Maggie Mackay, and Board Treasurer Susan Garbett (Exhibit General Manager, Meow Wolf), two generations of women who were, and are, working mothers in the non-profit side of the entertainment industry. Inspired by the increasing inequities faced by working parents, mothers and caregivers during the pandemic, the group shares their own experiences – spanning 35 years – and discusses what gives them hope for the future and the importance of building a village both personally and professionally.

Vidiots, a non-profit, Los Angeles-based community video store and movie theater since 1985, was founded by Patty and Cathy in 1985. A one-of-kind hub for film lovers, filmmakers, and everyone curious about cinema, Vidiots is dedicated to inspiring human interaction around film through preserving, growing, and providing access to its diverse DVD, BluRay, and rare VHS collection, showcasing the work of emerging and master artists, and producing unique film events and vital education programs.    For 32 years Vidiots served its devoted community via the iconic Santa Monica storefront, which shuttered in 2017 in the wake of rising costs. With the generous and unwavering support of Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures (which became a major donor in 2015, along with Vidiots customer Dr. Leonard Lipman), Vidiots was able to store its collection and devise an extensive plan for sustainable relaunch in a new home.    Vidiots’ will soon relaunch in its new home – the historic Eagle Theater in Eagle Rock, With almost-10,000 square feet of entertainment and educational space, Vidiots will operate seven days a week and offer daily screenings and special programs, the full video store with DVD and BluRay rentals, concessions, and a light menu with beer and wine. The main theater (200+ seats, an ample stage, 35mm, DCP, and state-of-the-art sound) will provide flexibility for various screenings and tastemaker events. A second, smaller screening and event space (approximately 40 seats) will be ideal for screenings, workshops, and receptions.  VidiotsFoundation.org

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