Organization With Ties To Local Advocacy Group Receives Thousands In Grant Funding From San Marcos

*Updated: This article has been corrected. US Congressman Joaquin Castro was initially misidentified as a congresswoman; we regret our errors and apologize for any confusion.*

Yesterday, Corridor News published an opinion article written by its publisher, Melissa Jewett, which included several photos and documents.

During this time, Corridor News staff submitted two Public information requests to the City of San Marcos requesting the total amount of grant funding that had been given to San Marcos Cinema Club and what boards, commissions or committees any of their associates serve.

The City of San Marcos returned one of those requests late yesterday afternoon and the other Friday morning; the two requests have been included them below.

Based on the documentation included below, the San Marcos Cinema Club has received $39,585 in grants from the City of San Marcos since 2017. The club received a total of $25,585 for the 2017 and 2018 Lost River Film Festival and a total of $14,000 for two other projects: Music Flicks from the ‘666, 72-Hour Film Race, Shorts & Shirts’ & ’72-hour Film Race & Twenty Five Miles, Dang.’ 

According to the grant funding contract section 8 of the City of San Marcos Arts Commission Art / Diversity Program Services Provider Contract, for grant funding, states, “The provider agrees not to use any of the funds received by the provider under this contract for any political activity, including any activity to further the election or defeat of any candidate for public office or any activity understand to influence the passage, defeat or final content of legislation.”

According to the contracts, the San Marcos Cinema Club – Lost River Film Fest is listed as the Provider.

In 2017 grant submission, the club noted its impact on individuals in the community included its advocacy against Senate Bill 4, which was “affirmed by consensus by our City Council when in August they opted to file an amicus brief in litigation against Texas.”

The Cinema Club hosted two Latino Texas politicians, Austin City Councilman Greg Casar, and Gubernatorial candidate, US Congressman Joaquin Castro. The event aimed at championing “racial justice” where collective members of the Cinema Club, Andrew Torres, and Karen Munoz, spoke alongside the guest elected officials.

In 2018 coverage of the Lost River Film Festival, it was said in an article written by Mr. Buckley that the Cinema Club teamed up with a local advocacy group to program numerous new, independent films rooted in immigration narratives and documentaries.

The Lost River Film Festival aimed at celebrating San Marcos and international cultures.   

Corridor News has covered several Cinema Club events in the past; the club was considered to be involved in the tourism side of San Marcos and therefore, coverage of the events was community news. No compensation was provided for coverage.

Read… In Our Opinion… Local Resident Asks “Why The City Gives Money To An Organization Actively Attacking Local Law Enforcement”





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