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THE FILM FOUNDATION & BEN AFFLECK TO BE HONORED BY THE HFF

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10/5/2006 12:00:00 AM

HOLLYWOOD, CA, October 5, 2006 — The 10th Annual Hollywood Film Festival(R) and Hollywood Awards®, co-chaired by Paula Wagner and presented by STARZ, will honor THE FILM FOUNDATION with its “Hollywood Film Preservation Award” and Academy Award winner BEN AFFLECK with its “Hollywood Supporting Actor of the Year Award.” The awards will be bestowed as part of the Hollywood Awards Gala Ceremony on Monday evening, October 23, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.

THE FILM FOUNDATION, the most prominent film preservation organization in the United States, was born out of the recognized need for a single influential entity to take the lead in advocating and supporting the preservation of our nation’s cinematic heritage. The nonprofit group was founded in 1990 by Martin Scorsese and a distinguished group of fellow filmmakers — Woody Allen, Robert Altman, Francis Ford Coppola, Clint Eastwood, Stanley Kubrick, George Lucas, Sydney Pollack, Robert Redford, and Steven Spielberg — all dedicated to protecting motion pictures and the rights of the artists who create them, educating the public about the importance of film preservation, and raising the necessary funds to save the endangered cinematic treasures of the 20th century. The Film Foundation achieves these goals through innovative educational programs, national campaigns, and public events.

Over the past 16 years, through partnerships with the nation’s leading film archives — the Academy Film Archive in Los Angeles, the George Eastman House in Rochester, New York, the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, and the UCLA Film and Television Archive in Los Angeles — the Film Foundation has funded the “hands-on” preservation and restoration work of more than 450 films that were facing an imminent risk of being lost. In addition, the Film Foundation works with the National Center for Film and Video Preservation at the American Film Institute, and supports the National Film Preservation Foundation, which represents over 100 regional archives, libraries and historical societies. The films saved include a broad and exciting range of titles, including Hollywood features, silent films, newsreel footage, and documentaries, as well as independently produced and avant-garde works whose survival is equally as vital, but which would be lost without specialized support. The cultural institutions supported by the Film Foundation provide U.S. and international communities with essential access to the immeasurable wealth of our cinematic heritage.

In recognition of the importance of exposing future generations to classic cinema, the Film Foundation created The Story of Movies project, the first-ever integrated interdisciplinary curriculum for the study of the cultural, artistic, and historical significance of film. This program is available free of charge to middle schools across the country, with a goal of teaching young people how to understand and interpret the language of film and visual images. Each teaching unit includes DVDs, a teacher’s guide, and a student activities booklet, providing an in-depth exploration of classic films such as Robert Mulligan’s “To Kill a Mockingbird” (1962), Frank Capra’s “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” (1939), and Robert Wise’s “The Day the Earth Stood Still” (1951).

PICTURE: Film Foundation board member Clint Eastwood accepts the Preservation Award on behalf of the foundation at the Hollywood Awards event.

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THE DEPARTED PREMIERE BENEFITS THE FILM FOUNDATION

9/27/2006 12:00:00 AM

On Tuesday, September 26th, Warner Bros. hosted the premiere of Martin Scorsese's new film THE DEPARTED at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York, with an after-party at Guastavino’s. The evening benefited Scorsese’s non-profit film preservation organization, The Film Foundation. 

Set in Boston, the tightly-paced film tells the tales of two undercover informants - one a member of the local crime syndicate who has infiltrated the State Police, the other a State Trooper who’s gone deep undercover as a criminal in the syndicate. When it becomes apparent to both the police and the mob that moles are in their midst, each informant must race against time to discover the other’s identity. 

The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, Mark Wahlberg, Martin Sheen, Ray Winstone, Vera Farmiga, Alec Baldwin, and Anthony Anderson, many of whom were among the guests at the premiere. 

A special thanks to the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, DirecTV, Absolut, Bloom Hergott Diemer Rosenthal & LaViolette, Endeavor, the Firm, and Technicolor/Thomson for their support of the evening. 

PICTURE: (from left to right) Cast from THE DEPARTED: Mark Wahlberg, Jack Nicholson, director Martin Scorsese, Vera Farmiga, Matt Damon, and Leonardo DiCaprio

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THE FILM FOUNDATION AND VANITY FAIR MAGAZINE PRESENT “REEL TALK” WITH ROB MARSHALL

12/3/2005 12:00:00 AM

As part of the ongoing “Reel Talk” series, The Film Foundation and Vanity Fair presented a special evening surrounding Rob Marshall’s latest film, MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA (2005) at the Arclight Cinemas in Hollywood on Saturday, December 3, 2005. The “Reel Talk” series of events has successfully celebrated the art and history of film and spotlighted the need for film preservation since its inception in 2003. This memorable evening featured a special advanced screening of MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA (2005) starring Ziyi Zhang, Michelle Yeoh, Gong Li, and Ken Watanabe. Vanity Fair Associate Publisher of Creative Services Renee Lewin opened the evening with a few remarks and acknowledged the successful long term partnership of The Film Foundation and Vanity Fair. Immediately following the screening, director Brad Silberling led an illuminating dialogue with Rob Marshall about the unique experience of making the film. In attendance were also the film’s stars Ziyi Zhang and Michelle Yeoh. The evening was sponsored by Banana Republic, with a special thanks to Columbia Pictures, Dreamworks, Spyglass Entertainment, Audi, Level Vodka, Tassimo and Lutthansa for raffling two business class airline tickets.

PICTURE: (from left to right) The evening's moderator Brad Silberling with MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA stars Ziyi Zhang and Michelle Yeoh and director Rob Marshall.

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FOCUS FEATURES, THE FILM FOUNDATION, AND AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL CELEBRATE THE PREMIERE OF THE CONSTANT GARDENER

8/8/2005 12:00:00 AM

On Monday, August 8th, Focus Features, The Film Foundation, and Amnesty International co-hosted the premiere of Fernando Meirelles’ latest film, THE CONSTANT GARDENER, at Loews Lincoln Square Theater in New York City.

Based on the best-selling John le Carré novel, the film stars Ralph Fiennes as a British career diplomat who sets out to uncover a global, pharmaceutical conspiracy after his pregnant, activist wife (Rachel Weisz) is brutally murdered. 

The film’s stars Ralph Fiennes, Rachel Weisz, and director Fernando Meirelles attended the event, along with Liam Neeson, Kathleen Turner, and Focus Features’ co-presidents David Linde and James Schamus. A party was held at Compass immediately following the screening.

Picture: THE CONSTANT GARDENER'S stars Ralph Fiennes and Rachel Weisz at the film’s premiere

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