A host of Hollywood celebrities and guests were in attendance for The Make A Film Foundation and its world premiere of ‘The Magic Bracelet’ at the WGA Theater (Writers Guild of America) in Beverly Hills Saturday evening.
Celebrities included Bailee Madison (Parental Guidance, Once Upon A Time), Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit), J.K. Simmons (Spiderman, Juno, Farmers Insurance Commercials), actress Lana Parrilla (Once Upon A Time), Academy Award-winning writer Diablo Cody (Juno), director/Co-Producer Jon Poll (Charlie Bartlett, Meet the Fockers), Vasi Hunton (Film’s Teen Songwriter), Chandra Wilson (Grey’s Anatomy), actor Reginald T. Dorsey, actor Eion Bailey, Dennis Haskins (Saved by the Bell), members of the Make A film Foundation and J. R. Martinez (Dancing with the Stars) who also hosted the evening’s event.
‘The Magic Bracelet’ is a very special story written by 15 year old Rina Goldberg who passed away in December 2010 of Mitochondrial Disease. Rina never got the opportunity to see her story become a film reality. Her last words to her mother were, “Promise you’ll take care of my film.”
The Make a Film Foundation (MAFF) is a non-profit organization that grants film wishes to children who have serious or life-threatening medical conditions by teaming them with noted actors, directors and writers who help them create short film legacies.
MAFF made sure that Rina’s last wish would come true by enlisting some of Hollywood’s most prominent filmmakers and talented actors to volunteer their time on this special project.
“I was contacted by Make A Film Foundation who was looking for someone to take this incredible feature length script and make it into a short film”, says Academy Award-winning writer Diablo Cody.
“I was very excited to work on this film. I never knew Make A Film Foundation existed. It’s an amazing organization and I would love to do another film for them.”
Actor J.K. Simmons who worked with Diablo Cody in Juno, had this to say during the premiere. “This is my third movie with Diablo Cody. And anybody whose got kids and you hear about this story it’s a no brainer to volunteer their time. Everyone put a lot of their work into this movie.”
“I got involved with ‘The Magic Bracelet’ film when my mom and I got a call from Debi Hughes and told us about Rina’s film”, says Bailee Madison, one of the stars in the film.
“I was so honored and grateful to be considered as part of the project. To be here and have it all happen tonight and in celebrating Rina.”
Rina’s parents, Ari and Stacy Goldberg were thrilled and excited that the movie got produced, but at the same time they found it to be bitter-sweet not to have their daughter with them at Saturday’s premiere.
“We have incredible gratitude for Make A Film Foundation and for the cast and crew who put this together and gave their time so freely to make this happen and for keeping Rina’s voice on this Earth”, said Stacy Goldberg.
Trailer: ‘The Magic Bracelet’ – http://vimeo.com/59861217
For more information about the Make A Film Foundation, please visit their website: http://makeafilmfoundation.org/
Special thanks to the Make A Film Foundation and all that participated in the making of “The Magic Bracelet’.