Another awards season march for Clint Eastwood is set to begin this week with Thursday’s AFIFest premiere of his latest directorial effort J. Edgar and Saturday’s Art + Film gala at LACMA. The 81-year-old maestro is also this week participating in special DGA and SAG member screenings of his latest effort.
Ahead of the LACMA event, which will also honor artist John Baldasseri, LA Confidential magazine has shared a Q&A primer conducted by event co-chair (and museum trustee) Eva Chow with gala organizer Michael Govan. Govan makes a surprising revelation about the museum’s ongoing endowments:
”In the last ten years, while our donations have grown, the one category we’ve had almost no donations to has been film. But I don’t think that’s because there’s no interest, and I don’t think it’s because there’s no generosity in this city—I think it’s just never been focused.”
Chow meanwhile relates how event co-chair Leonardo DiCaprio was instrumental in helping relaunch LACMA’s film efforts. On Friday November 4, DiCaprio, Eastwood and others will also take part in a LACMA Q&A screening of J. Edgar, with moderation by New York Times writer Charles McGrath.
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