Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Ford Donates $10,000 to Blair Underwood's SHOW Program at NAACP Image Awards Symposium

Pamela Alexander, Director, Community Development, Ford Motor Company Fund; Actor Blair Underwood; Daniel Belgrad, President, SHOW (Students Helping Our World) and Lamell McMorris, NAACP, National Board Member.

LOS ANGELES - On February 13, 2012, students and executives attended the 8th annual Hollywood Bureau Symposium entitled “Film Financing in Black and White” at the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles. A distinguished panel of industry executives discussed the challenges and solutions for securing funding for film projects that included Debra Martin Chase, Martin Chase Productions; Lawrence C. Hinkle, partner, Fox Rothschild, LLP; Broderick Johnson, co-founder and co-CEO, Alcon Entertainment; David McGriff, associate, Stroock & Stroock & Lavan; and Elizabeth Powell, vice president, Business and Legal Affairs, IM Global. The event was sponsored by the Ford Motor Company Fund and was part of the 43rd NAACP Image Awards Program. The panel also discussed the unique obstacles in securing funding for projects that have a predominately minority cast, and reflected on the recent comments made by George Lucas expressing the difficulties he experienced in securing funding for “Red Tails” as a back drop.

“Ford is proud to reunite again with the NAACP Hollywood Bureau Symposium to bring vital information to those persons aspiring careers in the film industry,” said Pamela Alexander, director of Community Development, Ford Motor Company Fund. “We believe through this symposium individuals will be greatly enriched by the real life tools and solutions to help their dreams become realities of getting their projects off the ground.”

The Ford Motor Company Fund presented its annual symposium grant to Blair Underwood, actor, author and humanitarian for his work with Students Helping Our World (S.H.O.W.) Program. S.H.O.W. is designed to motivate high school students from lower performing schools to improve their grades. Founded in 2009 in Chicago, this is the first year S.H.O.W. will be implemented in Los Angeles. Underwood is working with the Mayor of Los Angeles and Partnership for Los Angeles Schools where four LA high schools have been targeted for the program.

Source: Press Release/Photo: Valerie Goodloe