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MEDIA ALERT

The American Cinematheque Presents

The 2010 PRESENTATION OF THE 24th annual amERICAN CINEMATHEQUE award

Honoring MATT DAMON

WHO: This year's honoree is Matt Damon.

WHAT: The American Cinematheque Award presentation is one of Hollywood's premier annual events. The benefit dinner and live show is attended by prominent leaders in the entertainment industry. Each year the American Cinematheque Award honors "an extraordinary artist in the entertainment industry currently making a significant contribution to the Art of the Moving Picture." Past honorees are Eddie Murphy (1986), Bette Midler (1987), Robin Williams (1988), Steven Spielberg (1989), Ron Howard (1990), Martin Scorsese (1991), Sean Connery (1992), Michael Douglas (1993), Rob Reiner (1994), Mel Gibson (1995), Tom Cruise (1996); John Travolta (1997) Arnold Schwarzenegger (1998); Jodie Foster (1999); Bruce Willis (2000); Nicolas Cage (2001); Denzel Washington (2002); Nicole Kidman (2003); Steve Martin (2004); Al Pacino (2005); George Clooney (2006), Julia Roberts (2007) and Samuel L. Jackson (2008).

WHEN: Saturday, March 27, 2010

5:30 PM Press Check-in opens on Plaza level across from the valet entrance. The hotel respectfully asks that media not arrive until check-in time. All places on the carpet will be marked ahead of time.

 

6:30 PM Arrivals begin. Red carpet is in the hotel lobby.

6:55 PM Photo Op with Tom Luddy co-founder and co-director of the Telluride Film Festival with American Cinematheque Chairman Rick Nicita. Tom Luddy is the recipient of the Sydney Pollack Award. Read press release on this award.

7:00 PM Photo Op (THE INTERNATIONAL GALLERY ROOM) with Ben Affleck doing a mock presentation of the award to Matt Damon. Tom Luddy, co-founder and co-director of the Telluride Film Festival and recipient of the Sydney Pollack Award will appear for photos as well. He will get the award onstage in the ballroom at the top of the show.

*ALL ATTENDEES WILL BE ASKED TO DISPLAY PHOTO ID (CA Driver’s License or passport) IN ORDER TO PARTICIPATE IN THE EVENT. Attire for guests is Black Tie Optional (not for press).

Cameras are not allowed in the Ballroom itself. (No sound or picture feed.)

WHERE: Beverly Hilton Hotel (9876 Wilshire Blvd.) -- International Ballroom.

 

PARKING: $15 Parking at the Hilton Hotel’s Self-Parking.

HOTEL POLICY: NO lounge-chair like furniture to be placed within the press pit area. NO food or beverage on the red carpet. The lobby bar is open if you wish to dine, but no orders can be placed and brought onto the red carpet. These rules are in place for the safety of members of the media and guests.

WHO BENEFITS:

Funds raised go toward the American Cinematheque's operating costs for its year-round public film and video programs.

EVENT CO-CHAIRS: Ben Affleck, Casey Affleck, Jennifer Allen, Oren Aviv, Tim Bevan, Steve Burkow, George Clooney, Robert De Niro, Toby Emmerich, Eric Fellner, Sam Fischer, Paul Greengrass, Brad Grey, Alan Horn, Kathleen Kennedy, Jimmy Kimmel, Ed Limato, Frank Marshall, Ron Meyer, Chris Moore, Rick Nicita, George Nolfi, Julia Roberts, Jeff Robinov, James G. Robinson, Jane Rosenthal, Rich Ross, Tom Rothman, Bob Weinstein, Harvey Weinstein, Jerry Weintraub, Patrick Whitesell, Ken Ziffren.

 

AWARD PRESENTATION BY: Ben Affleck

PROGRAM PARTICIPANTS: Ben Affleck, Casey Affleck, Don Cheadle, Clint Eastwood, Jennifer Garner, Jimmy Kimmel, Greg Kinnear, Sarah Silverman, Charlize Theron, Robin Williams. (on tape) President Bill Clinton, George Clooney, and Ben Stiller.

 

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Michael Dempsey, Paul Flattery & Barbara Smith

WRITERS: Paul Flattery & David Wild

DIRECTOR: Michael Dempsey EVENT PRODUCER: Mann Productions

PRODUCER: Irene Crinita

BROADCAST: THE AWARD SHOW WILL BE TAPED FOR BROADCAST ON ABC This Spring. This is the first year that ABC has broadcast the show. Media Contact for ABC: Edwin Escobar (Edwin.Escobar@abc.com).

AMERICAN CINEMATHEQUE: Established in 1981, the American Cinematheque is a non-profit, viewer-supported film exhibition and cultural organization dedicated to the celebration of the Moving Picture in all its forms. The Cinematheque presents film and video programming that ranges from the classics and world cinemas to the outer frontiers of the art form. Exhibition of rare

works, special prints within our series, etc., are a Cinematheque tradition that keep the avid film lover coming back for once-in-a-lifetime cinema experiences. We also treat our audiences to fascinating post-screening discussions with the filmmakers who created

the work. The American Cinematheque owns and operates the historic 1922 Egyptian Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard. The building has won every major preservation award since the completion of its renovation in 1998. The Cinematheque also programs the 1940 Aero Theatre on Montana Avenue in Santa Monica. Cinematheque is pronounced "Cinema-tech" like discotheque, not "Cinema-teek."

MULT-BOX: Broadcasters will have the opportunity to take a show feed starting at around 8:30 PM. The mult-box will be in the same room as the Photo Op/Mock Presentation (International Gallery). You must bring a deck and the necessary cables.

CLIPS: ABC will provide clips. If you would like to order clips, please contact Terry Mitchell Collier (terry.a.collier@disney.com). You can download a clip form on our website.

PHOTOGRAPHS: Available upon request. Matt Damon receiving the award from Ben Affleck; Rick Nicita (American Cinematheque Chairman); Henry Shields Jr. (Cinematheque President) and Barbara Smith (American Cinematheque Executive Director); plus arrivals. Available from all major photo agencies such as AP, Berliner Studios, Getty, Reuters, WireImage, etc. Photos obtained from agencies will require a fee.

 

More Information at www.americancinematheque.com

 

WE WOULD LIKE TO REMIND YOU TO MENTION THAT THIS EVENT IS A BENEFIT FOR THE AMERICAN CINEMATHEQUE IN CONNECTION WITH YOUR COVERAGE. PROVIDING US WITH COPIES OF YOUR COVERAGE, AND KEEPING IN TOUCH BY COVERING OUR MANY OTHER EVENTS AT THE AERO AND EGYPTIAN THEATRES THROUGHOUT THE YEAR, WILL HELP TO BUILD YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH THE CINEMATHEQUE.

WE WELCOME NEW FRIENDS!!!

 

Mail Coverage to: Margot Gerber, American Cinematheque, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028

CONTACTS:

 

Margot Gerber, American Cinematheque Publicist (Press Request Inquiries)

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