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.
SOURCE Canadian Friends of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem
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