Saturday, November 13, 2010 Celebrities and Animal Rights Supporters came out for an exclusive A.R.M.E. (Animal, Rescue, Media and Education) and Uncaged Films fundraiser for their latest docufilm, “Sanctuary” directed by multi-award winning Shannon Keith and produced by Shannon Keith, Gene Blalock, Alec Pedersen and Ellen Lavinthal.
The cocktail attired event was graciously held at the Lavinthal estate and ran from 5-midnight. The $250.00 tax deductible ticket included a red carpet, drinks, catered food by One World Veggie Cuisine, auction items and screening of never-before seen footage of the film currently in production. Sanctuary documents the lives, incredible escape and survival of a few different primates from captivity – Udi, Puchi, Chucky, Moses, Chi Chi and Jimmy Sr., to name a few. When the short version of the film was finished rolling, there wasn’t a dry eye in the theater. The docufilm is about the will to live with innocent lives interrupted by tragedy, heroes and hope. Through a series of challenges each individual tale touches us in a different way from torture, enslavement, deprivation, mutilation and eventually safety and happiness. Enter Sanctuary – an inspirational and heart-warming glimpse into the lives of our primate brothers and sisters up close and personal. The docufilm unveils the sadness, pain and eventual hope and inspiration that transforms hopelessness into hope, and sadness into gratitude. The beginnings of the film are Inspirational, heart-warming and take you where no film has ever gone. Notables in attendance were Zoli Teglas from Pennywise, Annimal Allience Big TV host Ellen Lavinthal, Cindy Landon, Jennifer Pryor, Grammy Considered Recording Artist and 2010 HMMA Nominee Fawn, Producer of the Cove Alec Pedersen, Wendy Dio, Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary Founder Kari Bagnall, 2010 Peta Award Winner Christina Cho, Actress/Activist Ciddy Fonteboa, LCA Investigator Bryan Monell, Publicist Steven Escobar, and Suzanne Takowsky with Beverly Hills Times, among others. To donate to the making of this film go to www.arme.tv.
ARME’s mission is to eliminate the suffering of all animals. This goal is achieved by rescuing unwanted and homeless animals and by educating the public of the vast extent of the suffering animals endure in our society. Through its actions and words, ARME advances the freedom of all animals.
Editor’s Note: Very Special Thank you to Recording Artist, Philanthropists and Actress Fawn. Also to Shannon Keith and the cast of “Sanctuary”.