Frederick Organizations to Benefit From 'A Night of Hollywood Gala,' Featuring 'Elf-Man' Film Premiere at The Weinberg Center for the Arts

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The 'Elf-Man' film premiere in Frederick, Md. is set to debut with a Hollywood-style gala whose net proceeds will benefit four Frederick-based organizations.

I am very pleased that we are able to premiere ‘Elf-Man’ here in Frederick, to celebrate what we have accomplished together while benefiting charitable groups who do such great work for the community. - Richard Jefferies, 'Elf-Man' Producer and Co-Writer

KJU Productions LLC announced today that four Frederick, Maryland community organizations will benefit from its “A Night of Hollywood” Gala, featuring the world premiere of “Elf-Man,” to be held at the Weinberg Center for the Arts on Saturday, Dec. 1.

Celebrate Frederick,The Frederick Police Activities League (PAL),The Maryland Ensemble Theatre (MET) and the Rose Hill Children’s Museum Council have been chosen to receive the net proceeds raised from the Gala. “We are honored to be a part of this exciting event and hope families will take advantage of this rare opportunity,” said a representative from the Rose Hill Children’s Museum Council.

“A Night of Hollywood” Gala tickets officially went on sale Oct. 10 and sales numbers are steadily climbing with the VIP Reception nearly sold out and general admission not far behind. The numbers confirm Frederick residents are eager to witness its first-ever Hollywood premiere and, specifically, “Elf-Man,” a family-friendly Christmas comedy.

Several “Elf-Man” stars will be in attendance at this gala event: Wee Man (“Jackass”), Mackenzie Astin (“Iron Will,” “The Facts of Life”) and Mirelly Taylor (“Lost”), along with director Ethan Wiley, producer Richard Jefferies and a host of local cast members.

Two of the local organizations to benefit from the Gala played integral roles in voluntarily assisting the “Elf-Man” production team. Filming for “Elf-Man” got underway in December 2011 at Celebrate Frederick’s annual Kris Kringle Processional. “As an organization which focuses on making Frederick a great place to live and work through our events, we were overjoyed by the opportunity to participate in an event with the same goal in mind,” said Keri Amorosi of Celebrate Frederick.

The Maryland Ensemble Theatre (MET) was instrumental in helping the production with casting and costuming. “We are very fortunate to live in such a thriving arts community and are always overwhelmed by the response that Frederick has given to new and innovative projects. This is such an exciting project, and the MET has been on board from the onset,” said Tad Janes, Producing Artistic Director, The Maryland Ensemble Theatre.

Because the entire film was shot in Frederick County, “Elf-Man” producer, co-writer and Frederick native Richard Jefferies is thrilled the production team has this unique opportunity to say thank you. “'Elf-Man'” could not have been made without the extraordinary support of our talented cast and crew, nor would it have happened without the amazing support of so many individuals, business owners, church groups, local government and other institutions in Frederick County. I am very pleased that we are able to premiere ‘Elf-Man’ here in Frederick, to celebrate what we have accomplished together while benefiting charitable groups who do such great work for the community. Wiseacre Films looks forward to producing many more movies in the Frederick area for years to come,” he said.

Tickets and information are available through MDtix.com. Further event information is available via http://www.kjuproductions.com or http://www.facebook.com/events/450960414942936/.

A digital media press kit including star biographies, Gala and “Elf-Man” film information is available at
https://www.dropbox.com/s/lmsg8calplro8vs/Elf Man Gala Publicity Packet.pdf

There will also be a media opportunity for attending press on the day of the event. Those media outlets who plan to attend should contact Nancy Commeree, Gala Media Relations Coordinator, at 301-643-2708 or nancy(at)kjuproductions(dot)com.

“A Night Of Hollywood” is a presentation of KJU Productions LLC, a Maryland-based event and media production company. Note: All appearances announced are accurate as of this press release date, subject to professional availability and subject to change prior to the event.

More About the Organizations

Celebrate Frederick is a private, nonprofit corporation [501(c)(3)] working in partnership with the City of Frederick. Its mission is “to plan and implement special events and activities to offer the community a shared cultural experience.” Thirteen events are conducted each year by well over 200 volunteers who serve on event planning committees or assist the day of the events. The organization is supported by the City of Frederick Office of Special Events’ staff. The events serve to enhance the quality of life experienced in the City of Frederick and have become an integral part of the community. Most of the events conducted by Celebrate Frederick are free to the public. Those that charge admission, like the Beyond the Garden Gates Garden Tour and Candlelight House Tour, donate funds to a beautification project in the City of Frederick.

The Police Activities League of Frederick (PAL) began in August of 1999 and is a recreation-oriented juvenile crime prevention program that relies heavily upon athletics and recreational activities to create and cement the bond between police officers and the kids on the street. During the school year, the PAL program is offered in the evenings at the PAL Center in the Sagner Community and at Hillcrest Elementary School. PAL offers kids a safe nurturing place to learn and interact with the police officers all while having a good time. The Frederick PAL also uses funds for supplies like books, computers and other materials to support the youth of our community. Current projects include a new skate park and ongoing programs including a homework club, a computer lab and a karate class.

The Maryland Ensemble Theatre (MET) shares a commitment not only to the arts but also to the community. The MET is dedicated to the creation and production of extraordinary theatre art through the combined voices of a diverse ensemble of professional resident artists who are influential leaders in the community and visionaries in the art theatre. Maryland Ensemble Theatre is a professional, year-round theatre company that produces a full main stage season of contemporary and classic plays, a full season of family theatre, year-round performances by our sketch/improve troupe, The Comedy Pigs, who are currently celebrating their 20th year, an Artist Residency program for public schools, year-round theatre training, summer camps and numerous special events including our annual production of “A Christmas Carol” at the Weinberg Center.

The mission of the Rose Hill Children's Museum Council is to support The Rose Hill Children’s Museum in providing programs and family-friendly events for the community. The Museum is owned and operated by the Frederick County Department of Parks and Recreation. The Council works to raise funds that enhance programming, displays, exhibits and offerings of the Rose Hill Manor Park and Children’s Museum. Located on the property of Rose Hill Manor, the Rose Hill Children’s Museum opened its doors in 1972. The Museum tour allows children to learn through experimentation and role play. During their visit, children are able to experience life in colonial America through hands-on activities, such as learning to card wool, grate spices or play with toys from the past. Throughout the year, the Museum offers family-friendly programming and events celebrating the history of Frederick County.

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