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JVC TO SPONSOR AMERICAN CINEMATHEQUE'S TRIBUTE TO SEAN CONNERY 7TH ANNUAL MOVING PICTURE BALL CO-CHAIRS ANNOUNCED

 JVC TO SPONSOR AMERICAN CINEMATHEQUE'S TRIBUTE TO SEAN CONNERY
 7TH ANNUAL MOVING PICTURE BALL CO-CHAIRS ANNOUNCED
 ELMWOOD PARK, N.J., March 20 /PRNewswire/ -- For the third consecutive year, JVC (Victor Company of Japan, Limited) will help underwrite the American Cinematheque's Moving Picture Ball, this year honoring legendary actor Sean Connery. The 7th American Cinematheque Award will be presented to Connery on Friday, May 8, 1992, at the Century Plaza Hotel. "JVC is sponsoring the event as part of its continuing commitment to the motion picture industry and our community. We are most grateful for their support," commented American Cinematheque Board Chairman, Sydney Pollack.
 Pollack also announced the gala event's honorary co-chairs which include: Michael & Shakira Caine, Marvin & Barbara Davis, Harrison & Melissa Ford, Jeffrey & Marilyn Katzenberg, Mr. & Mrs. Seiichiro Niwa (JVC), Michael & Judy Ovitz, Jerry & Margie Perenchio, Sidney & Joanna Poitier, Joe & Donna Roth, Sidney & Lorraine Sheinberg and Steven Spielberg & Kate Capshaw.
 In 1989, JVC formed Largo Entertainment to produce American movies that would have worldwide audience appeal. Largo is a joint venture between JVC Entertainment, Inc., a wholly owned U.S. subsidiary of JVC, and Larry Gordon, a leading motion picture producer and former 20th Century Fox president. Largo has released three films to date, including "Point Break" (with Patrick Swayze and Keanu Reeves), and in 1992 will release "Unlawful Entry" (with Kurt Russell, Ray Liotta and Madeleine Stowe) and "Used People" (with Shirley MacLaine, Jessica Tandy, Kathy Bates, Marica Gay Harden, Sylvia Sidney and Marcello Mastorianni). Largo also has all international distribution rights to Spike Lee's "Malcom X" (with Denzel Washington).
 "JVC understands the importance of American movies in all media throughout the world, and there can be no doubt that Los Angeles is the center of the American movie industry," said Isamu Tomitsuka, president and COO of JVC Entertainment. "Even in today's sluggish economy, JVC believes that the movie industry is a viable business, and should not be seen as merely a support system for the marketing of new technology. That is why JVC Entertainment was established in Los Angeles as the base for JVC's international operations in the entertainment business, and that is why JVC is proud to sponsor the 7th American Cinematheque Moving Picture Ball."
 On May 8, 1992, over 1200 entertainment industry notables will gather at the Century Plaza Hotel to honor Sean Connery and the proceeds raised from the benefit tickets will go to the American Cinematheque to help sponsor the Cinematheque's year-round cultural film program.
 The Moving Picture Ball was conceived in 1986 as a unique celebration honoring an extraordinary artist (actor, producer, director or writer) in the entertainment industry who is fully engaged in work today and committed to making a significant contribution to the art of film and video. Eddie Murphy was the first honoree, Bette Midler was honored in 1987, Robin Williams in 1988, Steven Spielberg in 1989, Ron Howard in 1990 and Martin Scorsese was honored this past year.
 "Sean Connery, the unanimous choice of the board to be our 7th honoree, is one of the world's most acclaimed and provocative actors," said Gary Essert, Cinematheque Founder/Artistic Director. "In the course of thirty-five years as an actor, Connery has consistently brought his extraordinary style to the screen. As James Bond, Connery created one of the screen's most irresistible and enduring characters. As an actor he has a range and versatility that has yet to reach its limits as demonstrated by his memorable performances in "Zardoz," "The Untouchables" (for which he won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar), "Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade," "The Man Who Would Be King," "Robin and Marian" and "The Russia House."
 The American Cinematheque is a non-profit, viewer supported cultural organization dedicated to the celebration of the moving picture in all its forms. The Cinematheque presents the best of film and video from the classics to the outer frontiers of the art form. Currently the Cinematheque exhibits its highly diverse selection of public film throughout the year at the Directors Guild Theater.
 Benefit tickets to the Sean Connery tribute are available now. Call Judy Levy at Levy, Pazanti (213) 386-8014.
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