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Los Angeles Times to be Presenting Sponsor for 2012 Hollywood Film Festival and Hollywood Film Awards

HollywoodNews.com: Entering their sixteenth year, the Hollywood Film Festival and Hollywood Film Awards announced today that the Los Angeles Times will be the Presenting Sponsor of this year’s festival and star-studded gala.
“We are very honored and excited to have the Los Angeles Times as our Presenting Sponsor,” said founder and CEO Carlos de Abreu. “The Times is a Hollywood institution, and their support and leadership will help take the festival and awards to the next level.”
The festival, which starts October 18, encompasses five days of screenings at ArcLight Cinemas Hollywood and culminates with the prestigious Hollywood Film Awards Gala on October 22. The event honors cherished stars and up-and-coming talent, and traditionally kicks off the film awards season with the biggest stars and top industry executives in attendance. Times publisher and Tribune Company CEO Eddy Hartenstein will present one of the evening’s special awards, with details to be announced next month.
“The Los Angeles Times is Hollywood’s hometown news source and we have been at the forefront of entertainment coverage since trailblazing filmmakers and producers invented the industry,” said Times Vice President, Film Advertising, Francie Berns. “We’re excited to present the first marquee event of the all-important film awards season and support the creative community.”
“We are very proud to be the first stop of the awards season. In the last nine years, a total of 85 Oscar nominations and 32 Oscars were given to the honorees of the Hollywood Film Awards,” said de Abreu.
The 2011 awards show reached a total TV audience of more than 41 million media impressions, in addition to more than 300 million online and print readers’ impressions.
“In addition, we are very happy to continue to bridge the gap between established Hollywood and emerging filmmakers. Craig Brewer, director of “Footloose,” “Hustle and Flow,” and “Black Snake Moan,” was discovered by the Hollywood Film Festival with the world premiere of his first film, “Poor and Hungry,” added de Abreu.
Aside from celebrating accomplishments on screen, the Hollywood Film Awards established the “Hollywood Gives Back” program to expand and continue highlighting and assisting important local and national charities to raise funds. Over the years, the Hollywood Film Awards has contributed to such charities as the following: The Art of Elysium, Artists For Human Rights, Artists for Peace and Justice, MatchingDonors.com, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, the Enough Project, and Variety The Children’s Charity of So. CA, among others.
Further, the Hollywood Film Awards [...]

Sean Penn to be honored for his humanitarian work – “Hollywood Humanitarian Award”

HollywoodNews.com: Sean Penn will be recognized for his outstanding humanitarian achievements at the 14th Annual Hollywood Film Festival’s Hollywood Awards Gala Ceremony.
Penn will be bestowed with the “Hollywood Humanitarian Award” for his incredible selfless and dedicated humanitarian efforts in saving lives, as well as bringing relief to the human suffering in Haiti.
“It is an honor to recognize the inspiring humanitarian efforts that Sean Penn and his J/P Haitian Relief Organization have been providing to the great people of Haiti,” said Mr. de Abreu.
Prior recipients of this prestigious award include director of Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos, Father Rick Frechette, Nobel Peace Prize recipient and President of East Timor, Dr. Jose Ramos Horta, and Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Ms. Jody Williams.
The gala ceremony will take place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills on October 25, 2010.

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ABOUT SEAN PENN
Two-time Academy Award® winner Sean Penn has become an American film icon in a career spanning nearly three decades. Penn has been nominated five times for the Academy Award® as Best Actor for “Dead Man Walking,” “Sweet and Lowdown,” “I Am Sam” and won his first Oscar® in 2003 for his searing performance in Clint Eastwood’s “Mystic River” and his second Oscar® as Best Actor in 2009 for Gus Van Sant’s “Milk.” The performance as gay rights icon Harvey Milk also garnered Penn “Best Actor” awards from The Screen Actors Guild, New York Film Critics Circle and Los Angeles Film Critics Association.

“This is an emergency that is just beginning. Flooding and outbreak of communicable diseases are certain if shelter and relocation are not achieved” – Sean Penn, Co-Founder, J/P HRO
Penn’s humanitarian work has found him in New Orleans in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and more recently in earthquake-ravaged Haiti. In January 2010, Penn founded the J/P Haitian Relief Organization which focuses on medical aid, protection, and re-location. His organization is currently serving as UN IOM designated Camp Management for one of the largest IDP camps in Port-au-Prince and established the first emergency re-location in the country. They work with both government and non government agencies to deliver immediate results where the need is greatest. Their efforts include but are not limited to providing emergency medical and primary care services, delivering badly needed medical equipment and medicine, distributing food and water purification systems, improving communication systems, and rubble removal in the neighborhoods surrounding the Petionville [...]

Sean Penn to receive “Hollywood Humanitarian Award”

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Sean Penn to receive “Hollywood Humanitarian Award.”
Festival founder and executive director Carlos de Abreu revealed that Sean Penn will be recognized for his outstanding humanitarian achievements at the festival’s Hollywood Awards Gala Ceremony.
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According to a release, Penn will be bestowed with the “Hollywood Humanitarian Award” for “his incredible selfless and dedicated humanitarian efforts in saving lives, as well as bringing relief to the human suffering in Haiti.”
“It is an honor to recognize the inspiring humanitarian efforts that Sean Penn and his J/P Haitian Relief Organization have been providing to the great people of Haiti,” said de Abreu.
Prior recipients of this prestigious award include director of Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos, Father Rick Frechette, Nobel Peace Prize recipient and President of East Timor, Dr. Jose Ramos Horta, and Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Ms. Jody Williams.
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The gala ceremony will take place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills on Oct. 25, 2010.
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Ben Stiller’s Haitian School Initiative and Artists for Peace and Justice Join Forces for Haiti

BY STAFF
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Artists for Peace and Justice (APJ) announced today that Ben’s Stiller’s Haitian school initiative (HSI) will merge with APJ effective immediately.
The two organizations, both of whom were committed to improving living conditions in
impoverished Haiti prior to the devastating earthquake, will combine their shared passion in
helping build essential schools for the children of Haiti. Together they have engaged Global
Philanthropy Group (GPG) to help develop and manage their philanthropic efforts. In
partnership with an interim Country Director in Port-au-Prince, GPG will coordinate the day-to-
day efforts of APJ.
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“Ben Stiller understands the important role of schools in the lives of Haitian children. Together
we share a mutual passion and determination to be as effective as quickly as possible,” says
Paul Haggis, founder of Artists for Peace and Justice. “For the children of Haiti, schools provide
so much more than education. They provide their only hot meals, their only clean drinking water
and medical attention. These are critical elements for children, especially in a time of crisis.”
Established in early 2009, Artists for Peace and Justice (www.artistsforpeaceandjustice.com) is
a fundraising effort founded by Paul Haggis and friends that encourages peace and social
justice and addresses issues of poverty and enfranchisement in communities around the world.
Over the past year, APJ has focused on raising funds to support essential street schools in
Haiti. Following the devastating earthquake APJ has expanded its efforts to include emergency
aid. To date, APJ has raised nearly $6.3 million including an impressive $3.5 million in
long-term commitments through 2014.
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Ben Stiller’s Haitian school initiative
Ben Stiller funded a community school in the rural village of Cérévrine, Haiti in 2009 and
launched the Haitian school initiative in January, 2010 in an effort to help provide temporary
schools for Haitians displaced by the earthquake.
Ben’s humourous “Stillerstrong” campaign (www.stillerstrong.org), which was launched prior to
the earthquake, included viral videos with high-profile participants such as Robert DeNiro and
President Clinton. As a result of this campaign, Ben generated the $300,000 in fundraising
needed to complete the school and achieved an increased awareness of the needs of the
impoverished Haitian people.
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“If there is one way we can help Haiti emerge from this crisis, putting our efforts into building
temporary and permanent schools is a step in the right direction,” says Ben Stiller. [...]

A-list stars pledge long-term aid to Haiti

BY ROBERT W. WELKOS
Clint Eastwood, Nicole Kidman, Sean Penn and Daniel Craig are just some of the Hollywood A-listers who have pledged their long-term support to Haiti through annual donations of $50,000 for the next five years, the nonprofit group Artists for Peace and Justice announced today.
Also pledging long-term support for the cause are Jackson Browne, Gerard Butler, Russell Crowe with his wife and muscian Danielle Spencer, Penelope Cruz, Keith Urban and more.
APJ said it remains committed to long term sustainability in the earthquake ravaged country, including providing clean water, meals,medical supplies and educational material to the children.
?Emergency relief is still very important ? with the help of Operation USA, last week we trucked in another $150,000 in food and supplies to sustain the St. Luke?s program and the children and families of the slums that rely upon its outreach programs,? says Paul Haggis, founder of APJ. “Schools right now might not seem like the most important thing to reestablish but it just isn?t true. The children may not be in urgent need of an education, but they desperately need physical and psychological support. They need a daily meal and water and medical care that comes with our schools. These thousands of children need a safe place to gather, where they can find hope, and even joy and beauty. The issues on the rise right now are gangs, violent crime, prostitution and child slavery. Schools are more important now than ever.”
When built, the street schools will assist thousands of children living in the slums of Port-au-Prince. Prior to the earthquake, APJ had been committed to sponsoring a number of these schools in Haiti and supporting the work of Father Rick Frechette, a doctor and community organizer who works out of St. Damiens Pediatric Hospital in Port-au-Prince, the only free pediatric hospital in the country.

Gerard Butler, Penelope Cruz film PSA’s for Haiti charity

BY STAFF
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Hollywood has been doing their part to help the ravaged country of Haiti in the aftermath of a devastating earthquake.
Haiti had been a country already in crisis with little clean drinking water, food, adequate housing or medical help. Artists for Peace and Justice (APJ) has been working together with Father Rick Frechette in the slums of Port au Prince since early 2009 to raise funds to create sustainable support. Now that mission is stronger than ever.
Prominent Hollywood celebs have joined award-winning director/writer and APJ founder, Paul Haggis, in a series of PSAs that for many include personal stories of their trips to Haiti. The PSAs can be viewed on the Artists for Peace and Justice website (www.artistsforpeaceandjustice.com) and on the APJ YouTube channel.
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WHO: Hollywood celebrities Simon Baker, Gerald Butler, Madeleine Stowe, Macy Gray, Chris Ludacris Bridges, Javier Bardem, Daniel Craig, Olivia Wilde, Marcia Cross, Jimmy Jean-Louis, Paul Haggis, Maria Bello for Artists for Peace and Justice
Donations can be made directly to the APJ website with 100 percent of the funds raised going directly to Haiti. Artists for Peace and Justice remains steadfast in its determination to send every penny to those who need it. The organization has already begun the process of re-building 50 street schools in the slums of Port-au-Prince. The schools provide clean drinking water, hot meals and an education to the children of Haiti.
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View the PSA’s below:

Gerard Butler supports APJ in Haiti

Penelope Cruz supports APJ in Haiti

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Olivia Wilde supports APJ in Haiti

Paul Haggis supports APJ in Haiti

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Artists for Peace and Justice begins rebuilding street schools in Haiti

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Before the tragic earthquake that set off a catastrophic situation in Haiti, Artists for Peace and Justice (APJ) had already been working on the ground with doctor and community organizer Father Rick Frechette in the slums of Port-au-Prince. The organization was building vital street schools that would provide an education, a warm meal, clean drinking water and hope. Following the devastating earthquake, many of those schools were destroyed.
Paul Haggis, the founder of Artists for Peace and Justice and its passionate advisory board of some of the world’s most talented actors and singers, have come back fighting and are determined to raise sustainable funding to secure a future for the children of Haiti. The goal is to secure enough funding to re-build and maintain 50 schools. Many generous donors have stepped up with a five year commitment, but there is so much still to do.
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“The ‘street schools’ that we support for the children of the slums often provide the only meal they will eat in a day,” says Paul Haggis, APJ founder. “Schools literally save lives in a country where one out of three children die before the age of five.”
Currently, clean-up of the rubble and debris has begun in Cité Soleil with Haitian workers being paid to work alongside the architect and builders to clear away the rubble and prepare for the construction of new disaster-resistant schools. Through its generous donations, APJ has contracted Homes from the Heart (homesfromtheheart.org) as a construction partner and is partnering with Operation USA (opusa.org) to truck in building supplies as well as ship medical and humanitarian relief from the Dominican Republic.
Donations to APJ have been used directly to buy food and supplies for Saint Damien?s Hospital in Port-au-Prince, the only free pediatric hospital in the country, while funds have also been used to rent or purchase heavy equipment to clear away the dangerous debris. The exterior walls of the medical compounds have been reinforced to provide safety to the patients inside.
“APJ is different than a lot of charities. We are incredibly selective about who we work with in Haiti,” says Haggis. “We also guarantee that 100 percent of all money raised goes directly to those hospitals, schools, medical facilities and community betterment programs. We’re [...]