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Film Vets Share Their Spirit

11 Dec, 2001 By: Hive News

A new, patriotic short film slated to appear in theaters mid-month will feature "a rapidfire montage of scenes from 110 different classical American motion pictures that will leave audiences breathless," a spokesman for the National Association of Theatre Owners says.

``The idea for the film came about in response to the events of Sept. 11,'' says and Emmy Award-winning producer Michael R. Rhodes, who conceived the project with Academy Award-winning director . Chuck Workman.

``We wanted to find a way to pay tribute to the indomitable American spirit, to find a way for people to feel good again. Chuck Workman is the master of film montage--he was the man to make this happen.''

Playing to patriotism as well as viewers' heartstrings, the montage will premiere on more than 9,000 screens during the Christmas holidays.

``When you add up all the images--from a spunky Mary Pickford to Ben Affleck as a heroic soldier--you feel the changing, enduring and endlessly interesting American character,'' notes


Workman and Rhodes approached the National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO), the Directors Guild of America (DGA) and several Hollywood organizations including the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) with the idea. The was made possible through the commitment of time, money and resources from entertainment supporters like Kodak, Technicolor and the entire entertainment industry at large.

``We may not know every actor or every movie, but we do recognize a common feeling. Chuck's film makes us laugh at ourselves, cheer the underdog, and share someone's grief or joy,'' explained John Fithian, president of NATO. ``This film says something about the 'spirit of America.' Americans may look, think and act differently, but we share a common spirit.''

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