Haydenfilms News & Events

Monday, December 6, 2010

HAYDENFILMS INSTITUTE (HFI) HOLDING FIRST GRAND RED CARPET “KEYS TO SUCCESS” FUNDRAISER GALA ON DECEMBER, 16, 2010 - Special Guests include Actor/Producer Bruce Davison, Actress/Producer Camillia Monet, and Actor Eugene Byrd

Reading, PA. December 6, 2010—The non-profit Haydenfilms Institute (HFI), with offices at TEK Park, Breinigsville, Pa., and Los Angeles, Calif., is holding its first annual grand red carpet “Keys to Success” Fundraiser gala at its new TEK Park location to raise funds for its planned special programs and activities in support of independent and students filmmakers locally and throughout the world.

HFI Founder and President Hayden Craddolph said he expects an excellent turnout for the ticketed event that will feature veteran actor, producer and director Bruce Davison; actress and producer Camillia Monet; and actor Eugene Byrd —all Philadelphia natives—and many other regional and local personalities, politicians and scholarly elite committed to cinema.

“The gala is part of our continuing strategy to develop and fund filmmakers and to partner with educational institutions such as Kutztown University to present workshops, seminars and support not only filmmakers who are starting out, but also veteran independents and teachers,” said Craddolph.

Among the presenters and organizations appearing at the Gala, the featured organization, Make-A-Wish Foundation, will be present to participate in the event and advocate receiving the designated 40 percent of the opportunity drawing ticket.

The extremely winning and versatile Bruce Davison’s career spans four decades, including everything from Shakespeare to Seinfeld. He has also served as a writer, producer and director. His many movie credits cover “Last Summer,” “The Strawberry Statement,” “Willard,” “Mother, Jugs and Speed,” “Spies Like Us,” “Goodfellas,” “Six Degrees of Separation” and “X-men.” His television credits include “Deadman’s Curve,” the 1978 biopic about rock stars Jan and Dean.

Bruce has has TV series leads in later years. With "Harry and the Hendersons" (1991), he ably directed a number of the show's episodes. He has also been tapped for recurring parts on "The Practice" and "The L Word," and is fondly remembered for his comedy episodes on "Seinfeld" as an attorney who goes for George's (Jason Alexander) throat when George's fiancée dies inexplicably of toxic poisoning. The actor recently completed a TV series revival of "Knight Rider" (2008).

Camillia Sanes Monet is an American actor and film producer who has been in entertainment for the last 20 years. In film, she has worked directly beside such industry legends Steven Spielberg and Tom Cruise in “War of the Worlds” and Oscar winning film “Seabiscuit.” In television, she has played recurring roles on Emmy Award-winning shows such as “The Shield” (2002) and “Saving Grace” (2007).

Films she has produced have been accepted into high-profile festivals and markets such as Cannes Film Festival, American Film Institute, Monaco, and Rhode Island Film Festival. In 2007, she completed her studies in producing at the UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television. She is the annual guest instructor at the Scuola di Teatro in Bologna, Italy.

Actor Eugene Byrd has appeared in several films, “Dead Men,” “Sleepers,” “8 Mile,” “Lift,” and “Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid.” He played the leading role in “Confess,” for which he won the Break-Out Performance Award at the 2006 Method Fest Independent Film Festival. He starred as Dr. Sidney Trumaine in TV’s “Crossing Jordan.” Before that he was a guest star on “The Cosby Show” and later landed roles on “Beverly Hills 90210” and the “Touched by an Angel” spinoff, “Promised Land.” Byrd also appeared as the comical but defiant Oliver Cross on the British Children's television series, Chris Cross, which won an award for "Best Children's Series" in 1994. He has also appeared on “Bones” and “Two and a Half Men.”

Craddolph said the public is welcome, but anyone attending must have a ticket. To order tickets immediately go directly to http://event.pingg.com/HFI. For general ticket requests, email [email protected]

As part of this first fundraising gala, Haydenfilms is also holding an annual “Keys to Success” Opportunity Drawing for someone to win a 2011 Lexus RX450h AWD vehicle, which will generate additional money for its year-round programs.

The Lexus drawing also offers organizations, including colleges and high schools, the chance to raise money for their activities as agents for Haydenfilms Institute by selling tickets for the drawing. Those groups will receive 40 percent of revenue from the allotted tickets sold.

Only 2,500 tickets priced at $100 a piece will be sold for the approved and authorized “Keys to Success” drawing for the opportunity to win the Lexus valued at $44,275. Entrants must be 18 or older.

Complete details, including where and how to purchase tickets from the Haydenfilms Institute or its agents, the opportunity drawing rules and guidelines and an official ticket request form, are available at www.haydenfilmsinstitute.org.

The Haydenfilms Institute (www.haydenfilmsinstitute.org) was established to encourage and champion global independent and student filmmakers year-round. An annual Online Film Festival, special events, road shows, workshops, new media knowledge, etc. help them throughout their careers—from choosing to major in film to making films as seasoned pros.

HFI recently moved into TEK-Park, a multi-tenant technology campus centrally located between Allentown and Reading. It features a diverse population of tenants in a variety of industries including disaster recovery, bio-pharma, technology and more, as well as state of the art, common meeting facilities.

Founded in 2001 by Craddolph, Haydenfilms began as an independent film production and distribution company with the mission of fostering an online network of independent and student filmmakers and giving them the support and resources necessary for success. In 2005, Craddolph introduced his film festival, one of the first online film festivals and the only one offering a $10,000 grand prize.

Craddolph recently was granted approval to establish the non-profit Haydenfilms Institute. It is expected that through projects like this and tax-deductible contributions and grants, HFI will be able to greatly expand its educational, networking and other programs.

For more details on the Haydenfilms Institute and its programs and opportunities, visit www.haydenfilmsinstitute.org. Or follow us on Twitter at: @haydenfilms.

And check out these additional sources:

Clint Howard, Ron Howard’s brother’s radio interview about our first educational case study! http://www.haydenfilms.com/media/mp3/WAEB.mp3

HFI on WFMZ-TV: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WRSFu2GWP74

HF Press Coverage: http://www.haydenfilms.com/press.pdf