The question isn’t “Who showed up at Cinefamily this weekend?” The question is, “Who didn’t?” Guests at the repertory theater’s 2nd Annual Fantastic Elastic 24-Hour Holiday Telethon included Jason Schwarzman, Nick Offerman, John Hawkes, Cut Chemist, Community creator Dan Harmon, comedian Neil Hamburger, filmmaker Guy Maddin, all-purpose German weirdo Udo Kier, artist Wayne White, Devo co-founder Mark Mothersbaugh (via Skype), and the Bob Baker Marionettes — to name just a few. But the most generous celeb guest was Robert Downey Jr.
Dropping in on Saturday afternoon, he busted open a time capsule that had been left for him a decade ago under the projection booth (yes, really) and sat down with Cinefamily founder Hadrian Belove, pledging to cover the cost of a digital projector. The Fairfax Avenue repertory theater has been trying to raise $144,000 via Kickstarter so it can fix the roof, improve the sound system, and add a state of the art digital cinema projector. Digital projection is a thorny issue for movie theaters, especially indie ones, but film geeks need not worry. The theater owners swear they’ll still screen 35mm film, even if they’re “projecting it bicycle-powered after the apocalypse.” On its Kickstarter page, Cinefamily estimates that upgrading to a digital projector will cost $60,000. Ho ho ho. And a very merry Christmas to you too!