"...the Pioneer is not just a small venue supporting emerging artists, but the epicenter of an independent film scene that has long since been squeezed out of most cities — and is currently being forced out of Manhattan — in favor of corporate-owned independent theater chains that cater to the specialty divisions of major movie studios.
In only eight years of operation, the Pioneer has provided a home for hundreds of self-sustained filmmakers who don’t have a corporate safety net waiting below them; for the last four of those years, every one of those artists has been greeted at the door by the theater’s inimitable programmer, Ray Privett."
"...Mr. Privett has overseen the most successful period in the Pioneer’s brief but unstable history."
Read the rest of the Sun article here.
Ray is gone, but The Pioneer lives on, so says Ray at his site:
"The Pioneer is still open. My departure from the Pioneer did not close the Pioneer, nor did the two things coincide. Indeed, my successors booked the three films mentioned in the first paragraph of Mr. Snyder’s article. Clearly, the Pioneer can do interesting things without me. Hopefully they continue to. Good luck to them."
Well, best of luck in your new projects Ray, and thanks a lot for paying attention to real indie film during your time at Pioneer.
Thanks GreenCine Daily for the story.