Dear Paramount, is it possible to do this for a few rural kids I know? I have to ask, because this is an awesome idea. Readers, if you know any kids in NYC, read below and follow the links to find out how to take advantage of this offer. ~ Dr. Grady
The story of struggle and triumph at the core of “Selma” clearly resonates with the current generation of African-American business leaders.
A group of 27 prominent movers and shakers — including BET Networks Chairman Debra Lee, American Express Chairman Ken Chenault, power broker Vernon Jordan and former Time Warner CEO Richard Parsons — have teamed up to offer free tickets to the film for Middle School and High School students in New York City.
They’ve created a fund that will allow 27,000 7th, 8th and 9th graders to see the film from January 8th through January 19th (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day) at participating theaters.
Directed by Ava DuVernay, “Selma” centers on the voting rights marches of 1965. It is one of the first big-screen films to dramatize the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. and is expected to be a major Oscar contender. The film is also being shown for free at the Selma Walton Theater in the city of Selma, Ala., beginning Jan. 9.
“Martin Luther King, Jr.’s momentous journey in Alabama is an important piece of American history,” said Bill Lewis, Co-Chairman of Investment Banking, Lazard and one of the fund’s contributors, in a statement. “We are passionate about bringing this story to New York City’s students and we encourage business leaders in other cities to organize similar programs so that more students around the country have the chance to see this powerful film about an epic chapter in American history.”
Those contributing to the fund are: [READ THE REST AT VARIETY.COM]