Phillip Berk, Brad Pitt and Emmy Rossum
August 03, 2005:
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced recently they will partner with the Beverly and Jim Rogers Museum of Lone Pine Film History by sponsoring the purchase of sixty new seats for the Old West Museum Movie Theater being constructed as part of the Museum building.
In a letter dated July 7, 2005 from president Phillip Berk, the HFPA announced, "On behalf of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, it gives me great pleasure to inform you that we have approved a grant for $8,940 to purchase seating for the newly constructed 'Old West Museum Movie Theater' which is part of the museum of film history preserving this region's history as one of Hollywood's principle locales for shooting western movies."
The check was presented to Dorothy Bonnefin and Bonnie McCarthy who represented Lone Pine at the star-studded luncheon held July 20th at the Beverly Hills Hotel. The Museum was in a group of grant recipients of some note. Brad Pitt accepted a check on behalf of The Film Foundation, Sally Field on behalf of Sundance Institute, and Kevin Bacon on behalf of Independent Feature Project, New York. Interestingly, all the actors had worked in Lone Pine at some point during their careers.
Peter Falk was kind enough to represent Lone Pine Film Festival, Los Angeles Conservancy, California State Summer School and the Latin-American Cinemateca of Los Angeles on the stage. Mr. Falk worked in Lone Pine on The Great Race and a Wagon Train episode entitled "The Gus Morgan Story."
The HFPA gave more than $1 million dollars to twenty-seven film schools and non-profit organizations. "Members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association always look forward to our annual summer luncheon," said Berk. "Not only do we celebrate the installment of the organizations' new officers and board members, we take pride in donating over $1,000,000 in charitable contributions to many outstanding film related charities and educational institutions. We are fortunate that the success of the Golden Globes allows us to do so."
Joel A. Goodman, small movie theater and home theater consultant, has designed a package of projection and sound equipment that will make the theater state-of-the-art. While most of the projection will be done digitally, the theater will have a small performance area for music and panel discussions, as well as educational lectures for an intimate audience of about sixty.
Eventually the theater interior will be decorated with interesting murals, art and fixtures from old time theaters that will carry on the theme of the museum façade.