HOLLYWOOD, Calif. -- Paramount Pictures, Participant Media and Walden Media announced today 30,000 people have pledged to see the award-winning documentary film Waiting for "Superman" when it opens this fall, making it the first goal reached on the campaign's "Pledge Progress Meter." As a result, DonorsChoose.org is fulfilling their commitment and donating $5 gift cards to every person who pledges to see the film by September 15th.

The gift cards can be used to fulfill requests made by public school teachers from every corner of America who post classroom project needs on DonorsChoose.org. The mission of DonorsChoose.org is to improve public education by empowering every teacher to be a change-maker and enabling any citizen to be a philanthropist.

"Thanks to our generous supporters, DonorsChoose.org is thrilled to provide $5 philanthropic gift codes to people that take the pledge to see Waiting for 'Superman.' Redeeming this code on DonorsChoose.org gives people an immediate and direct way to help students get the resources they need to learn. Making this personal connection to a classroom is an important first step towards greater involvement in education," said Charles Best, DonorsChoose.org Founder and CEO.

Waiting for "Superman" directed by Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth) will be released under the Paramount Vantage banner and distributed by Paramount Pictures. It examines the crisis of public education in the United States through multiple interlocking stories. Designed to start a national conversation, the movie and corresponding "Take the Pledge" campaign aim to inspire everyone to create innovative and long-term solutions to help change the course of our kids' lives for the better. The "Pledge Progress Meter" launched in May as a way for non-profits, foundations and corporations to match individual pledge levels with powerful action items aimed at helping both students and public schools. First Book was the first organization to take the pledge, by agreeing to donate 250,000 new books to schools and programs in low-income communities across the country once the pledge meter reaches 50,000 pledges.

The film opens in New York and Los Angeles on September 24, nationwide in October.

The film is produced by Lesley Chilcott, with Participant Media's Jeff Skoll and Diane Weyermann serving as executive producers. It is written by Davis Guggenheim & Billy Kimball.

 

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Director Richard Linklater and Jack Black will team up for the second time on Bernie, a new dark comedy that will also star Shirley MacLaine. The film focuses on a community leader who makes friends with a wealthy widow.

Linklater and Black worked together on School of Rock, which remains one of Black's biggest hits with $81.3 million domestically during its theatrical run.

Black will next be seen in Gulliver's Travels this fall. As for Linklater, he hasn't directed anything since Me and Orson Welles with Zac Efron and Christian McKay.

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LOS ANGELES, CA -- Submissions for YouTube's Life in a Day project came to a close on Saturday, July 31, 2010, with the total number of submissions reaching 80,000 and representing 197 countries, in 45 different languages. Of the results, Executive Producer Ridley Scott (Robin Hood, Gladiator, Black Hawk Down) said, "I'm thrilled at the success of the Life in a Day project to date. The sheer number of uploads to the channel is astonishing and exceeds our expectations. I'm as fascinated as anyone by what kind of videos people have uploaded and the kind of film which will result from this innovative endeavor."

As the project moves into its next phase, Director Kevin Macdonald (State of Play, Last King of Scotland, Touching the Void) has assembled a team of 20 to log and vet the submissions. Macdonald says of the process, "We're excited by both the quality and quantity of submissions. We're now faced with the daunting task of selecting and shaping the wonderful array of diverse stories that have been captured around the globe. Luckily, I have an amazing team of skilled researchers who speak all manner of languages currently helping me catalogue and distill the clips. We're hoping to soon have a more manageable 100 hours worth of footage to edit down into feature length form. It's a mountain, but we're eager to climb it."

Users will also be able to view the submissions when the gallery goes live on YouTube's Life in a Day channel in early September. The final, feature-length film will be completed in time for a January 2011 premiere at the Sundance Film Festival and will simultaneously be made available at YouTube.com.

Footage from remote regions in South Africa, the Middle East and Africa have been uploaded to the site thanks to the efforts of many groups and organizations that participated. Scott Free Productions worked with Against All Odds to distribute 500 cameras to these areas of the world in an effort to ensure that the film is as inclusive and representative as possible. The Sundance Institute also had participants of their first-ever East Africa Theatre lab, taking place in Kenya, upload their own footage.

Life in a Day is a historic global film experiment that enlisted the global community to capture a moment of their lives on Saturday, July 24 and to upload that footage to www.youtube.com/lifeinaday. Individuals whose footage makes it into the finished film will be credited as co-directors and 20 of these contributors will be flown to the 2011 Sundance Film Festival for the film's world premiere.

Life in a Day is one of several efforts by YouTube to push the boundaries of music, art, and now film. YouTube Symphony Orchestra and the recently announced YouTube Play partnership with the Guggenheim are examples of the convergence of online video with traditional arts and Life in a Day takes this effort into the cinematic realm. The channel received 18.7MM page views with visitors from 220 countries since it went live on July 7.

Life in a Day is also being supported by LG Electronics as a key part of its long-standing Life's Good campaign and to support the creation of quality online content that can be shared and enjoyed by all.

 

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