Film producer Jake Eberts to receive award from Canadian Friends of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Award to be presented and new film project to be introduced

MONTREAL, Nov. 8, 2011 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Friends of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (CFHU) today announced that film producer Jake Eberts, OC, will be the recipient of the Key of Knowledge Award, to be presented on November 28 at the Montreal Science Centre's IMAX® Theatre. Mr. Eberts will be introduced by multiple award-winning Québec director Denys Arcand.

As the first-ever recipient of the CFHU's Key of Knowledge Award, Mr. Eberts is being recognized for his dissemination of knowledge through numerous film productions, in addition to his significant philanthropic contributions. Throughout his 35-year film career, Mr. Eberts has helped create many Academy Award-winning films, including Chariots of Fire, Gandhi, Driving Miss Daisy and Dances with Wolves, and such notable documentaries as Prisoner of Paradise, Journey to Mecca and Oceans.

Born, raised and educated in Québec, Mr. Eberts is returning home to introduce his latest project JERUSALEM, filmed in IMAX® 3D. JERUSALEM seeks to enlighten public opinion and knowledge about this historic city, generate understanding among Jews, Christians and Muslims, and encourage tourists to visit the city.

Currently in pre-production, JERUSALEM, to be released in 2013, is a not-for-profit film financed by tax-deductible donations. Approximately half of the film's $8 million budget has already been raised. A wide variety of tax-deductible sponsorship packages (details available upon request) are available to interested individuals, enterprises and organizations. Proceeds from the release of the film will fund a variety of projects in Jerusalem, including those selected by individual sponsors, through the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

"The Middle East is a region that is often associated with conflict," says Mr. Eberts. "However, there is a place where people of different faiths and cultures coexist in relative harmony: Jerusalem. Our film aims to foster respect and understanding among people of all faiths, by chronicling a day-in-the-life of three teenagers - one Jewish, one Christian and one Muslim. By adopting an apolitical perspective, we intend to illustrate the city's extraordinary historical, spiritual, cultural and archaeological wealth. We hope that our film will help advance understanding and tolerance among the peoples of this unique and beautiful city."

On November 28, Mr. Eberts will present a seven-minute IMAX® 3D trailer for JERUSALEM, as well as rare archival footage of the city. Additionally, a big screen retrospective of his career will be presented. A dessert reception will follow, concluding with a question-and-answer session with Mr. Eberts and fellow JERUSALEM producers Taran Davies, George Duffield and Daniel Ferguson. The event will be co-chaired by Matthew Price-Gallagher and Ari Brojde.

Jake Eberts' long-time friend and collaborator, Kevin Costner, is the Honorary Chairman of the event. Regrettably, Mr. Costner is shooting on location in Romania and will not be able to attend in person. However, Mr. Costner will introduce Mr. Eberts via a pre-recorded video message to be shown on November 28.

To view the JERUSALEM trailer, please visit: www.jerusalemthemovie.com.

About Jake Eberts, OC

Jake Eberts entered the film business in London in the mid-70s. Since then, he has financed or produced more than 50 films, including Chariots of Fire, Gandhi, The Killing Fields, Hope and Glory, Driving Miss Daisy, Dances with Wolves, Black Robe, A River Runs Through It, Chicken Run, Prisoner of Paradise, Open Range, Journey to Mecca, Oceans and The Illusionist. These films have been nominated for 67 Academy Awards, winning 37, including four for best picture. A resident of London and Paris for the last 50 years, Mr. Eberts is Chairman of National Geographic Films (which distributed March of the Penguins) and Trustee Emeritus of the Sundance Institute. Mr. Eberts holds honorary degrees from McGill, Bishop's University and Trent University.

About The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, founded in 1925, is Israel's first university. The university's founders, including: Chaim Weizmann, Albert Einstein, Martin Buber and Sigmund Freud, were leaders, thinkers and humanitarians whose genius inspired their vision of a great university that would have no limits or borders. The founding charter declared that the institution would be open to every qualified man and woman irrespective of religion, race or nationality. Ranked as one of the world's leading research universities, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem's faculty and researchers are at the forefront of the international scientific and academic communities. Many top prizes and awards have been won by its graduates and faculty including eight Nobel Prizes. The Hebrew University of Jerusalem is a pluralistic institution where science and knowledge are advanced for the benefit of humankind in an atmosphere free of discrimination and prejudice. For more information, please visit: www.huji.ac.il/huji/eng/.

About the Canadian Friends of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Canadian philanthropist Allan Bronfman founded the Canadian Friends of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (CFHU) in 1944 to promote awareness, leadership and financial support for The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. A national not-for-profit organization with chapters across Canada, CFHU facilitates academic and research partnerships between Canada and Israel as well as establishing scholarships, supporting research and recruiting Canadian students to attend the Rothberg International School. For more information, please visit: www.cfhu.org.

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