David Duchovny Hosts New Film About Abandoned Pets
by ANC Staff and Give Voice to Animals
The red carpet premiere was the idea of the film's executive producer/director, Julie Lofton, a television writer/producer and founder of Give Voice to Animals, a national animal group focusing on creating wide spread media products.
The cities that were selected for the premiere tour have highest populations of stray animals in the nation.
"The plague of pet overpopulation is invisible to most people, and this movie will bring it home to them. They will get to meet the people at their local shelters and join forces with them to help end this crisis," said Lofton.
Up to 50 percent of the funds raised at the premiere will benefit local shelters who are participating in the event.
Remaining funds will go to the sponsors of the tour, Give Voice to Animals, a national non-profit organization that promotes human responsibility to animals through the media.
The theatrical tour is presented in partnership with Petfinder.com, a national online pet adoption Web site, and with the assistance of PBS affiliate stations.
The film is a heartwarming and heart wrenching story that takes viewers on a journey that begins on the streets of Los Angeles and Chicago where Clover, a Lab mix, and Oreo, a black and white cat, are rescued and taken to animal shelters.
The film follows the two through the shelter system where they will either be adopted or meet the fate of millions of other homeless pets who are euthanized.
The film offers a thoughtful and balanced look at the controversial practice of euthanasia and the alternative "no-kill" movement.
"My hope is that this movie will motivate people to go to their local shelter and take home a loving animal companion. For those who have dogs and cats at home, I hope the film will encourage them to spay and neuter their pets," said Lofton.
Actor David Duchovny (X-files, Evolution, Return to Me) became friends with Lofton after the two met at a Los Angeles vegetarian lunch spot.
Gabriel called the film "A brilliant documentary that needs to be seen by anyone who loves animals."
U.S. Senator Dick Durbin, also a friend of the animals, appears in the documentary to offer his official view on the problem of pet overpopulation and the $2 billion that it costs the nation every year.
"Animals can't speak for themselves. They can't tell you that they are sitting in shelters waiting for you to adopt them. That's why it's so important for us to get the word out for them. I believe this film will give the animals a voice," said Lofton.
More information about the screenings and Give Voice to Animals can be found online at www.givevoicetoanimals.org.
Tickets for the premieres may be purchased online at www.givevoicetoanimals.org or by calling 1-800-6VOICE6.
© 2003 Animal News Center, Inc.
Dates and venues for the premiere tour of Best Friend Forgotten:
November 13 Vancouver, BC Queen Elizabeth Theatre Vancouver Civic Theatres
Lofton decided to bring the subject matter of homeless pets to the public
and raise funds for the cause by taking the show on the road, holding
Hollywood-style premieres in cities across the US and Canada. The premieres
will be complete with celebrities, paparazzi, and exclusive cocktail
parties held in renowned theatre palaces. The tour is presented in partnership
with Petfinder.com, a national online pet adoption Web site, and with
the assistance of PBS affiliate stations.
Give Voice to Animals is financing the tour with an enrollment fee of $250 from local animal groups. These groups will sell tickets to the premiere, priced from $20 for general admission to more than $1,000 for VIP seats. They will then earn back 30 to 50 percent of the money they raise. Groups that make contributions such as silent auction donations or provide volunteer staff for the event will receive a higher percentage of their ticket sales revenues. Additionally, all participating groups may host an exhibit booth at the premiere.
Charlotte, NC; Nashville, TN; and St. Louis, MO were added to the tour due to demand by groups in those cities. Groups not near cities on the tour may pay a licensing fee to show the film and hold their own fundraisers. Give Voice to Animals has developed a manual, How to Host a Successful Premiere Fundraiser, that includes marketing information and materials to assist groups that want to hold their own events. More information may be found and tickets can be purchased online at www.givevoicetoanimals.org or by calling 1-800-6VOICE6. When buying tickets online, the purchaser can specify an animal group that they would like the proceeds to go to.
Give Voice to Animals is a Chicago and Los Angeles based national animal organization focusing on creating widespread media product to promote animal welfare.
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