I normally blog about politics, but today I write about another subject that is very important to me. The Adrienne Shelly Foundation (ASF), a non-profit organization dedicated to the memory of my late wife, writer/director/actor Adrienne Shelly ("WAITRESS") who was murdered in 2006, launches its star-studded 3rd annual celebrity auction on eBay Monday evening. The auction will run from September 20-30. Items can be previewed at www.ebay.com/ASFoundation.
I founded ASF with a singular mission: to support women filmmakers. Since its inception, ASF has partnered with the industry's finest academic and filmmaking institutions such as AFI, IFP, Women in Film, Sundance Institute and Columbia University and has awarded 20 grants and scholarships. One grantee, Cynthia Wade, won an Academy Award in 2008 for her documentary "FREEHELD," which ASF helped fund.
This year's auction is the biggest and best yet. The 55 item catalogue features exclusive lunches with celebrities including Paul Rudd, Keri Russell, Jane Lynch, Michelle Williams, John Hamm, Susie Essman, Cheryl Hines, Patricia Clarkson, Rosario Dawson, Kevin Smith, Gina Gershon, Lili Taylor, Jeremy Sisto, Rachael Harris, Bill Hader, Mark Cuban and many others; set visits and meet & greets to TV shows The Good Wife, Castle, United States of Tara, Nurse Jackie, Breaking Bad and The Rachel Maddow Show; and walk-on roles on Community, Hung and in in Todd Solondz's next film "Dark Horse," produced by Ted Hope; VIP tickets w/meet & greets to Maroon 5, Joan Rivers, "Celebrity Autobiography," Semi-Precious Weapons and Dar Williams; VIP tickets to Ellen, The Daily Show, Colbert Report, Rachael Ray and The View; VIP tickets to the Sundance Film Festival and red carpet premiere tickets at the Tribeca Film Festival; and a birthday telephone call from Bones stars Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz.
Bidding is scheduled to begin Monday, September 20 at 4:00pm PST.
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