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THE FILM FOUNDATION, VANITY FAIR MAGAZINE, AND BAUME & MERCIER PRESENT “REEL TALK” WITH DIRECTOR EMILIO ESTEVEZ AND CAST MEMBERS FROM BOBBY

11/15/2006 12:00:00 AM

The Film Foundation, Vanity Fair Magazine, and Baume & Mercier co-hosted a Reel Talk event surrounding Emilio Estevez's new film, BOBBY. Held at the DGA Theater in NYC, the evening featured a screening of the new film, followed by a discussion with Estevez and cast members Joshua Jackson, Freddy Rodriguez, and Christian Slater, moderated by filmmaker Alex Gibney. A reception was held at the Estrella Penthouse of the Parker Meridien. 

The evening was one in a successful series of Reel Talk events, co-hosted by The Film Foundation and Vanity Fair Magazine, celebrating the art and history of film and highlighting the importance of film preservation.

Special thanks to Directors Guild of America, American Century Investments, Jamaica Tourist Board, Lufthansa Airlines, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, Inc., The Weinstein Company, and Bold Films.

PICTURE: (from left to right) BOBBY stars Freddy Rodriguez, Christian Slater, the evening’s moderator Alex Gibney, BOBBY director and star Emilio Estevez, and BOBBY star Joshua Jackson

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THE FILM FOUNDATION AND GUCCI CELEBRATE THE RESTORATION OF A WOMAN UNDER THE INFLUENCE

10/25/2006 12:00:00 AM

On Wednesday, October 25th, The Film Foundation and GUCCI celebrated their new partnership with an exclusive dinner at the Hotel Bel-Air. The special evening fêted the restoration of John Cassavetes’ 1971 classic film, A WOMAN UNDER THE INFLUENCE, as well as the publication of the new book, “Gucci by Gucci” commemorating Gucci’s 85th Anniversary. 
Film Foundation board member Sydney Pollack, A WOMAN UNDER THE INFLUENCE star Gena Rowlands, and Zoe and Xan Cassavetes (daughters of Rowlands and director Cassavetes) served as hosts for the evening. Actress/singer Zooey Deschanel performed for the guests.  

PICTURE: (from left to right) Film Foundation board member Sydney Pollack with guests Peter Falk, Robert Forrest, Zoe Cassavetes, Gena Rowlands, and Xan Cassavetes

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

Press Release

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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