And we’re back! Sorry, it’s been awhile since our last post. We’ll take some of the credit for that, as we were in NYC for the premiere of our documentary Dennis and Lois!!! But we’ll also shift some of the blame onto our family and friends who wanted to spend Thanksgiving with us. But, since we’re on the topic, you know one thing we’re thankful for? Film. And not just film, but also the preservation and presentation of film. And not just any preservation and presentation of film, but the American Cinematheque.
As you know, we do a lot of pro bono video production and social media work for the American Cinematheque — filming screenings, red carpet, talkbacks, Q&As, etc. Well, as has happened for the past 32 years, the American Cinematheque has honored an artist “making a significant contribution to the art of the motion picture” with the prestigious American Cinematheque Award. To give you a sense of the magnitude of this honor, check out the pedigree behind it: past winners include Robin Williams, Jodie Foster, and Ridley Scott. All heavy hitting names. And this year’s is no different.
Back in April of this year, the American Cinematheque announced that they would be awarding three-time Oscar-nominated actor and now director Bradley Cooper with the award. The award could have gone to few besides Cooper, a modern-day Renaissance man / chameleon / handsome devil, and we’re sure that all those giving speeches at the ceremony will agree with us.
Speaking of us, where does JMaverick Studios come in all this? Well, we’ll give you a hint: we’re not giving a speech. And if we do, it’ll be after a few flutes of champagne, on the boulevard, to a Spiderman impersonator about the passing of Stan Lee. Nope. We’re doing what we do best for the Cinematheque: pro bono video production. They asked us if we’d like to come on for this event. And we said, uh… yes. Yes, please.
We we’re right on the red carpet shooting the stars, Bradley, the theater, Bradley, the press, and yes, of course, Bradley. We also grabbed sound bites given by the stars as well, for a complete AV package to be shared on social media. And what stars. The invite list was stacked. Lady Gaga, Sean Penn (who presented the award), Patricia Clarkson, Sam Elliott, and so many more. Of course, the event was a closed one, except to the invitees and the volunteers, which means us. So after the Red Carpet was done, we were right in the theater, rubbing elbows with the best of them.
But as much as this event is about famous people and their famous elbows — and there were plenty of those there — the real celebrity there was The American Cinematheque. We can’t extol the work they do enough, making films of all shapes and sizes accessible to and affordable for the general public. To help ensure their future, they rely not just on ticket sales, but on donations. This award ceremony is their largest fundraising event of the year, and it was a huge success.