The Children's Aid Society and The Tribeca Film Festival to Co-Host The New York City Premiere of 'Star Wars: Episode II Attack of The Clones' on May 12th
Children of 9/11 Victims & Disadvantaged Youth from Throughout NYC To Attend
Morning Screenings; Evening Celebrity Premiere to Benefit CAS
NEW YORK, April 10 /PRNewswire/ -- The Tribeca Film Festival and The Children's Aid Society (CAS) will co-host the exclusive New York premiere of "Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones" with screenings on Sunday, May 12. The first and second screenings are private showings for children and families affected by September 11 and Children's Aid Society youngsters. The afternoon screening will be a star-studded fundraising premiere to benefit The Children's Aid Society. This announcement was made jointly by Festival co-founders Jane Rosenthal and Robert De Niro and Children's Aid Society Executive Director and CEO Philip Coltoff. "As a father and filmmaker, it's my pleasure to offer the film in support of the children of New York City," said George Lucas. "Following the devastating events of September 11, it's inspiring to see two great organizations like The Children's Aid Society and the Tribeca Film Festival join forces to help kids and restore confidence in the vitality of lower Manhattan." The Tribeca Film Festival will honor The Children's Aid Society with a special award at the Star Wars premiere, recognizing CAS' 150 years of service to disadvantaged children and families throughout the city. In addition, since 9/11, the agency has provided millions in cash assistance and counseling to thousands of families affected by the World Trade Center tragedy. One of the central missions of the Tribeca Film Festival is to further revitalize a region of the city that has struggled to overcome the devastating effects of the attack. "Lucasfilm's decision to focus the premieres on aid for disadvantaged children is truly heartening and we are grateful this charity event will allow us to increase funding for our youth programs," said Philip Coltoff, CAS Executive Director and CEO. "We are especially thrilled to partner with the Tribeca Film Festival to bring the excitement of the Star Wars premiere to lower Manhattan." Jane Rosenthal said: "It is such a thrill for all of us to present 'Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones' to benefit The Children's Aid Society at the Tribeca Film Festival. George Lucas is a true friend of New York City and one of the most innovative filmmakers our industry has ever seen. It is a great privilege to showcase his latest film at the first annual Tribeca Film Festival." "This special screening of 'Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones' at the Tribeca Film Festival promises to be a truly great movie experience for the hundreds of children and families who attend," said Mayor Michael Bloomberg. "This is another great addition to the Tribeca Film Festival, which will not only encourage the revitalization of Lower Manhattan but with this benefit screening, will also help our City's children. I would like to once again thank Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal for their continued commitment to lower Manhattan, and also to George Lucas and The Children's Aid Society making this benefit screening possible." "Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones" is the second chapter of the Star Wars saga. The film was written and directed by George Lucas, co-written by Jonathan Hales, produced by Rick McCallum and stars Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman, Hayden Christensen and Samuel L. Jackson. Additional cast members include Ian McDiarmid, Christopher Lee and Temura Morrison. Tickets for the children's private screenings will be distributed by CAS to youth in its programs, as well as by the Tribeca Film Festival through various civic and city agencies to children and families affected by September 11. Ticket sales for the afternoon CAS benefit screening have officially begun. Prices are $500 for the pre-party and screening and $1,000 for the pre-party, screening and VIP seating. All proceeds will benefit The Children's Aid Society. To order tickets, call CAS at (917) 286-1530. The Tribeca Film Festival, presented by American Express, will take place in lower Manhattan from May 8-12, 2002, and showcase Independent Films including categories for feature-length films, documentaries, shorts and directorial-debut feature-length films as well as educational workshops and a special family-friendly Children's Film programs. In addition, the Tribeca Film Festival will celebrate the people of New York City with a large, free outdoor public event in Battery Park on Friday, May 10th. For more information on the Tribeca Film Festival, the public should call 1-866-941- FEST (3378), or visit the Tribeca Film Festival website at www.tribecafilmfestival.org. Vanity Fair is the Founding Media Partner of The Tribeca Film Festival. The Children's Aid Society has been at the frontlines for New York City's children for 150 years, with a broad range of cutting-edge services including camps, adoption and foster care services, teen pregnancy prevention, education, health and recreation. CAS has established many "firsts" in the care and education of disadvantaged youth in New York City and the nation. MAKE YOUR OPINION COUNT - Click Here http://tbutton.prnewswire.com/prn/11690X34637346
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