HOLLYWOOD--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Los Angeles Film School (www.lafilm.edu) today announced that it has secured Golden Globe-nominated actress Bo Derek, LA Laker Chris Duhon and Emmy Award-winning actress Lesli Kay for its 3rd Annual Salute event, which honors military servicemen and women in entertainment and highlights the significance of employment in the industry. The event, which will feature more than 400 veterans, government officials, celebrities and civilian supporters, will also raise money through an online auction on CharityBuzz.com (CharityBuzz.com/LAFS) for the Semper Fi Fund and the GI Film Festival.
“The Entertainment Industry & Non-Profits: They’ve Got Your Six.”
Other confirmed celebrity guests include actresses Tia Barr, Jennifer Field and Alexandra Manea; actors Dale Dye, David James Elliot, Hector Bustamante, Ransford Doherty, Michael Broderick, Scott Levy and Mike Pfaff; singer Erin Willett; playmates Amelia Talon and Pamela Horton and athletes Kris Wilson of the Baltimore Ravens and George Wrightster of the NY Giants. Prospective employers NBCUniversal, ICM, DGA, ABC, Disney, HBO, and LiveNation are a sampling of the veteran-friendly companies that will be in attendance to network with these veteran students and alumni at the reception taking place at Hollywood's Montalban Theatre.
The 2-day Annual Salute event will culminate with this Reception, which will feature an awards ceremony for the GI Film Festival Hollywood’s Audience Choice Award. The reception will also include Keynote speakers Michele S. Jones, veterans liaison to the U.S. Office of Personnel Management and the First Lady’s “Joining Forces” initiative and Steven Dunning of the national Got Your 6 Campaign. Michele S. Jones will be the Employment Keynote Speaker and Steven Dunning will be the Entertainment Keynote Speaker.
The proceeds of the online auction on CharityBuzz.com will benefit the Semper Fi Fund for wounded Marines and the GI Film Festival. Some of the auction items include a trip to Paris, tickets to the Super Bowl, GRAMMY® tickets and more. To view the complete list of auction items, go to CharityBuzz.com/lafs.
About the Annual Salute
Each year the school honors its veteran students and alumni for Veterans Day with an event that showcases both their service and their creative talents in Game Production, Computer Animation, Recording Arts, Entertainment Business and Filmmaking. This year, in conjunction with the Los Angeles Chapter of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, an exclusive “Up Close and Personal With…” event will feature a panel with Engineers Brian Malouf, Tony Maserati and Dave Schiffman, who have styled the music of artists such as Madonna, Prince, The Black Eyed Peas, Mariah Carey, Pink, Johnny Cash and Tom Petty, among others. The 3rd Annual Salute will also feature “Game On with Operation Supply Drop: An 8-Bit Salute to the Troops,” a single-elimination Medal of Honor: Warfighter tournament for veteran students in conjunction with gaming military charity Operation Supply Drop and production company Shifted2U Productions.
The National “Got Your Six” Campaign has also created a signature panel event for the school’s 3rd Annual Salute afternoon roster, “The Entertainment Industry & Non-Profits: They’ve Got Your Six.” A panel discussion on entertainment industry initiatives supporting Veterans and their families will be held on campus in front of the Military Services Department. From Veteran hiring programs currently existing at multiple studios, to non-profit partners of the national Got Your Six campaign, partners of Got Your Six are here to help our servicemembers through the often difficult process of re-integration. To wrap up the daytime enrichment activities, The Los Angeles Film School’s Annual Salute “Game and Film Audio Exclusive,” will be presented by BAFTA and Oscar-winner, Stephen Flick, and game and film sound award winning engineer Jamey Scott.
About the Los Angeles Film School
The Los Angeles Film School (www.lafilm.edu) is a creative arts college that offers students an immersive experience, world-class facilities and a supportive culture where seasoned instructors collaborate with talented, award-winning alumni to help students build professional networks that can last a lifetime. The Military Services Department at the Los Angeles Film School is committed to supporting the career ambitions of our student veterans by providing them with a supportive and creative community while helping them draw upon their leadership skills and unrivaled work ethic to build careers in the entertainment business.
About the GI Film Festival
The GI Film Festival (GIFF), www.gifilmfestival.com, a 501(c)3, is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to sharing and preserving the military experience in and out of the arena of war. The GIFF provides a forum for new and established international and domestic filmmakers to present their films that share the heroic stories of the Armed Forces and the worldwide struggle for freedom and liberty. Owing to its success in fostering a positive image for the American GI, in 2010 the GI Film Festival was awarded with the American Legion’s National Commander Public Relations Award (previously awarded to media greats such as Tim Russert, Jack Valenti and Tom Brokaw). The GI Film Festival is the first film festival in the nation to exclusively celebrate the successes and sacrifices of the servicemember through the medium of film and TV. The GI Film Festival Hollywood is unique to The Los Angeles Film School’s Annual Salute, restricting submissions for the festival solely to Veteran above-the-line talent. Fellow Veteran filmmaker talent, in attendance at the event takes the lead to determine the peer awards.
About the Semper Fi Fund
The Semper Fi Fund (SFF) www.semperfifund.org, is a non-profit organization that provides financial assistance and quality of life solutions for Marines and Sailors, as well as members of the Army, Air Force and Coast Guard who serve in support of Marine forces, when they become injured in post 9-11 combat or training operations, or they face life threatening illness or injury. The fund provides relief to qualified Service members and their families for immediate financial needs that arise during hospitalization and recovery, as well as perpetuating needs such as home modifications, customized transportation and specialized equipment. The Semper Fi Fund’s streamlined structure keeps overhead very low – at 5% – understanding every dollar saved can be put to better use elsewhere. The American Institute of Philanthropy has given them an “A+” rating and Charity Navigator has awarded them the “Four Star” rating, the highest awarded by each organization.