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Black Card Members, Artists, Vendors, Distributors, Contractors... 

does cinefamily owe you money?
Don’t lose your rights!


🚨UPDATE (1/12/18): New contact info for Cinefamily creditors🚨

Many creditors have reported an inability to reach Cinefamily regarding outstanding debts, specifically citing the unresponsiveness of Cinefamily accountant Erin Hensley and Cinefamily principal Dan Harkham.  Hensley is now the managing director at Harkham's Fairfax Cinema.  She can be reached at erin [at] fairfaxcinema [dot] com.  Harkham can be reached at dan [at] fairfaxcinema [dot] com.  While we encourage you to communicate concerns to them, we still strongly recommend communicating with the government as well, as explained below.

🚨 UPDATE (3/25/18) 🚨

Fanny Chen, reportedly the accountant at Harkham Family Enterprises, tells CA she is "taking [care] of Cinefamily outstanding balance."  Chen can be reached at fannyc [at] jonathanmartin [dot] com.


Register your claim with the state of California – online, confidential, & free

Many Black Card members continued to be charged monthly membership payments after Cinefamily closed.  Other Black Card members who had prepaid their annual membership got no refund.  Contractors, film distributors, and others haven't been paid.  Employees have reported problems getting final paychecks.  And no one at Cinefamily is returning calls or emails.  They say they're broke, but are they?  Dan Harkham & the Cinefamily Board of Directors seem to think if they just keep their heads down this'll all go away.  But a non-profit "dissolution" doesn't happen automatically because they want it to; several governmental agencies must sign off.

Send a letter (or e-mail) to the Registry of Charitable Trusts at the Office of the California Attorney General:

  • Note that you are writing about The Cinefamily, Corporation Number C3055250, Federal Employer Identification Number 26-1734079, with Dan Harkham as the sole corporate member
  • Note that you are filing a complaint (or use this form)
    • Explain briefly the nature of the debt
    • Note your objection to any dissolution
  • Provide your name and contact information
  • Provide any other details you think are relevant
  • Enclose any relevant documentation
  • See sample letter below

If your concerns are non-financial, check out these additional resources.  Nothing here should be construed as legal advice.


Send To:
          Registry of Charitable Trusts – Complaints Division
          Office of the Attorney General
          1300 I Street
          P.O. Box 903447
          Sacramento, CA 94203-4470
Phone: 916 445-2021
Facsimile: 916 444-3651
E-Mail: Complaints [at] doj.ca.gov
Copy e-mail to the AG's Dissolution Section, Kenneth.bohaty [at] doj.ca.gov

You can also use this online form

 

Los Angeles City Attorney
Consumer Protection Unit
200 N. Main Street, 8th Floor
Los Angeles, CA. 90012
E-MAIL: Christina.tusan [at] lacity.org


City Councilman Paul Koretz
Attn: David Hersch
5th Council District
200 N Spring Street, Suite 440
Los Angeles, CA 90012
E-MAIL: david.hersch [at] lacity.org  





For more information, I guess you could talk with a lawyer, but, like, that'd probably cost more than you're owed, which might be what some people are counting on. 
In the meantime, Public Counsel did a pretty great job with their Guide For The Dissolution Of California Nonprofit Public Benefit Corporations.

We strongly recommend you also send copies to: 

California Secretary of State
Business Programs Division
3rd floor – Legal review
1500 11th Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

California Secretary of State
Corporate Filings
Document Filing Support
P.O. Box 944260
Sacramento, CA 94244-2600

California Franchise Tax Board
Exempt Organizations Unit MSF120
P.O. Box 1286
Rancho Cordova, CA 95741-1286

Internal Revenue Service
(use Form 13909)
IRS EO Classification
Mail Code 4910DAL
1100 Commerce Street
Dallas, TX 75242-1198
E-MAIL: eoclass [at] irs.gov 


Sample letter:

December 29, 2017

Registry of Charitable Trusts – Complaints Division
Office of the Attorney General
1300 I Street
P.O. Box 903447
Sacramento, CA 94203-4470

Sent via e-mail: complaints@doj.ca.gov, Kenneth.bohaty@doj.ca.gov

Re: Cinefamily complaint

To Whom It May Concern:

I am writing regarding the Cinefamily, a California non-profit public benefit corporation whose sole member is Dan Harkham (corporation number C3055250, FEIN 26-1734079).  On November 14, 2017, following a public scandal, the Cinefamily Board of Directors announced their intention to dissolve the organization.  I am a creditor to the organization, and I object to the dissolution as improper.

I made an annual member payment of $550 in January 2017.  The Cinefamily ceased operations on August 26, 2017 and promised refunds.  I have not received any refund, and am owed approximately $250.  I have attempted to contact the organization.

I would request an acknowledgment that you have received this letter, and I am available to provide additional information as necessary.  As much as is possible, I would like to be kept aware as this case progresses.  You may reach me at 123 Main Street, Los Angeles, CA 90036, by phone at 213-555-1212, or by e-mail at jane.doe@gmail.com.

Yours sincerely,

Jane Doe

Cc: California Attorney General Registry of Charitable Trusts – Dissolution Section
California Secretary of State, Business Programs Division
California Franchise Tax Board, Exempt Organizations Unit
Internal Revenue Service, EO Classification
Los Angeles City Attorney, Consumer Protection Unit
Los Angeles City Councilman Paul Koretz