SOURCE: The Artivist Film Festival and Awards

November 09, 2007 12:35 ET

Ted Danson, Alyssa Milano and Claes Nobel to Be Honored at the 4th Annual Artivist Film Festival and Artivist Awards November 11th, 2007

The Artivist Film Festival, Which Recognizes Socially Conscious Filmmakers, Activists, Celebrities and Charitable Organizations, Is Set to Honor Three Great Celebrity Humanitarians at the Artivist Film Festival 2007

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - November 9, 2007) - Ted Danson, Alyssa Milano and Claes Nobel will be honored at the Artivist Film Festival and Artivist Awards on November 11th, 2007 in Hollywood, California.

The 4th Annual Artivist Film Festival hosted by actress Persia White ("Girlfriends"), pays tribute to filmmakers from around the world showcasing some 60 documentary films from 25 countries, recognizing their work in Social Consciousness, Human Rights, Environmental Preservation, Animal Welfare and Child Advocacy.

The Artivist Film Festival has selected three celebrated individuals whose contributions to various issues have brought about change and awareness to the global community.

Selected by an esteemed panel and based on outstanding contributions: Ted Danson for his work with American Oceans Campaign (AOC) creating awareness for life-threatening eco-hazards to our oceans and through his call for more government action. Alyssa Milano for her extensive work as a relief ambassador with UNICEF and her plight to raise public awareness for neglected tropical diseases faced by over one billion people world-wide. Finally, Claes Nobel, senior member of the Nobel family for his championship of causes related to environmental stewardship, earth ethics and youth outreach. Additionally, honorees will include various cultural creatives, organizations and documentarians who define the Artivist mission.

The celebrity honorees will be honored on November 11th at the awards gala that will be held on the last night of the festival. Previous Artivist Awards have gone to luminaries such as Daryl Hannah, Matthew McConaughey, Joaquin Phoenix, Mira Sorvino, Ed Begley, Jr., James Cromwell, Tippi Hedren and Mike Farrell.

The film festival, which will begin on November 8th, 2007, will once again take place at the famed Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood. Over the course of the 4 day event, filmmakers from around the world will compete in various categories of film or video including narrative, documentary and short film. The festival's mission is to strengthen the voice of international activist artists, referring to them as "Artivists," while raising public awareness for social and global causes.

Artivist Film Festival 2007 follows three highly successful years of previous festivals, having set the stage for great audience attendance and media coverage. The event producers are expecting packed seats for most if not all of the highly anticipated 60 films. Highlights from previous years included screenings of such notable films as "Fast Food Nation," "Super Size Me," "The Corporation" and "Born into Brothels."

Following in this tradition of passionately engaged cinema, Artivist is screening another slate of landmark films at this year's festival. On Friday, November 9th, 2007 at 7:00 p.m. Artivist is proud to present "Out of Balance" in the Rigler Theater. This provocative film is a head-on look at how the priorities and politics of the ExxonMobil oil company have pushed the earth's ecology out of balance. Also on Friday, November 9th 2007, "American Drug War: The Last White Hope" screens in the Rigler Theater at 9:15 p.m. The War on Drugs has become the longest and most costly war in American history, and "American Drug War" asks: how much more can the country endure? On Saturday, November 10th, a re-mastered version of the internet hit "Zeitgeist" will have its global cinematic premiere at 9:15 p.m. in the Rigler Theater. With more than a million views on-line, "Zeitgeist" is a sensation and a provocation, challenging its audience to look at the world in a new and critical way.

Artivist is committed to community partnership, communication, and finding a common ground with artists, organizations, and companies in order to create long-term positive change.

This year, Artivist's "Official Community Partner" is Petrobras, one of the largest distributors of Ethanol Fuel in the world, ( A Brazilian energy company, Petrobras is an active corporate citizen deeply concerned with environmental preservation and the discovery of alternative energy sources. Brazil is the world's second largest producer of ethanol, and Petrobras is at the forefront of that nation's effort to meet the increasing global demand for sustainable biofuels. Implementing this vision, Petrobras recently took part in the launching of the urban bus driven exclusively by ethanol in the city of São Paulo. Petrobras also invests in the welfare of Brazil's ethanol producers, supporting agricultural cooperatives in which planting for the production of fuel is rotated with the harvesting of food. This biodiversity provides jobs for farmers, and guarantees that even in a changing world there will be a viable future for Brazil's rural communities.

Petrobras' mission is not only to decrease levels of pollution, but also to protect and enhance threatened ecosystems around the world. Each year Petrobras invests 300 million dollars in causes that benefit the global community. The program Petrobras Environmental aims to protect and recover water bodies and sources, as well as educate people about the rational use of water resources. For decades Petrobras has also partnered with conservation organizations to defend the ecological heritage of the Amazonian Rain Forest, and with animal rights advocates to safeguard threatened species such as the sea turtle, the spinner dolphin, the manatee, the right whale and the humpback whale. For this commitment, Petrobras has been listed on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index of "green" companies and is acclaimed for being the only energy company aligned with the ten principles of the Global Compact of the United Nations.

The Artivist Film Festival is a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to creating a platform for socially conscious "Artivists" to share their inspirational and informative films with the world.

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