Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Volkswagen Auctions Stars for a Cause

Text from Volkswagen of America.
Celebrities Autograph VW Touareg to Benefit Sundance Institute

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – For the second consecutive year, Robert Redford kicked off the signing of the commemorative 2006 Sundance Film Festival Volkswagen on Thursday, January 19, that included signatures of Sundance filmmakers and talent. Now, the hood of the Touareg – complete with the 55 autographs listed below from Hollywood and independent film stars alike – will be auctioned on eBay at the beginning of March to the highest bidder. All proceeds from the auction will benefit the Sundance Institute. Click on the link below for access to the auction.

Volkswagen of America, Inc. rode high as the official vehicle of the 2006 Sundance Film Festival and one of four presenting sponsors at the Festival, which took place January 19-29, 2006 in Park City, UT. The Volkswagen Main Street Lounge was a focal point of the Festival, hosting film junkets by day and exclusive events by night.

“Here’s one case where it’s what’s on the hood rather than under the hood that counts,” quipped Heidi Korte, Brand Promotions Manager for Volkswagen of America, Inc. “We’re pleased to continue our tradition of gathering autographs to benefit the Sundance Institute. The attending celebrities and filmmakers support the cause, and the finished product is a work of art and enduring symbol of the talent and indie power that drive the Film Festival.”

The drive to support independent filmmakers didn’t end with the hood auction. The use of a Touareg for one year was awarded to filmmaker Kathryn Ann Busby as part of the VW Relentless Drive Award, which pays homage to the hard work and true dedication that goes into getting a movie made. Volkswagen Owners attending the Festival played Official Judge by choosing from seven distinct stories submitted by filmmakers that highlighted the use of a vehicle in their movie. Ms. Busby earned the most votes for her story about making the short film, Max and Josh.

“I’d heard of backstage goodies for movie stars and celebrities, but I’ve never heard of someone giving a car to an unknown struggling filmmaker. I am incredibly grateful to VW and all the people who voted for Max and Josh for putting me in a new Touareg,” said Kathryn Ann Busby of her win.

The Sundance Film Festival is the premier showcase for American and international independent film. Held each January in and around Park City, Utah, the Festival is a core program of Sundance Institute, a nonprofit cultural organization founded by Robert Redford in 1981. Presenting 120 dramatic and documentary feature-length films in nine distinct categories, and 80 short films each year, the Sundance Film Festival has introduced American audiences to some of the most innovative films of the past two decades, including sex, lies, and videotape, Clerks, Smoke Signals, In the Bedroom, American Splendor, Napoleon Dynamite, Born into Brothels, and Me and You and Everyone We Know.

Dedicated year-round to the development of artists of independent vision and to the exhibition of their new work, Sundance Institute celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2006. Since its inception, the Institute has grown into an internationally recognized resource for thousands of independent artists through its Sundance Film Festival and artistic development programs which provide a range of concentrated creative and financial support for directors, screenwriters, documentary filmmakers, composers, playwrights and theatre artists. The original values of independence, creative risk-taking, and discovery continue to define and guide the work of Sundance Institute, both with US artists and, increasingly, with artists from other regions of the world.

Founded in 1955, Volkswagen of America, Inc. is headquartered in Auburn Hills, Michigan. It is a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany. Volkswagen is one of the world’s largest producers of passenger cars and Europe’s largest automaker. Volkswagen of America and its affiliates employ approximately 3,000 people in the United States and are responsible for the sale and service of Audi, Bentley, and Volkswagen products through retail networks comprising in total more than 900 independent U.S. dealers.

Autographs:

1. Jennifer Aniston
2. Alan Arkin
3. Fairuza Balk
4. Leslie Bibb
5. Jessica Biel
6. Anna Boden
7. Abigail Breslin
8. Agnes Bruckner
9. Ty Burrell
10. Scott Caan
11. Steve Carell
12. Nick Cassavetes
13. Karen Chilton
14. Toni Collette
15. Stewart Copeland
16. Clayne Crawford
17. Paul Dano
18. Matt Dillon
19. Aaron Eckhart
20. Chiwetel Ejiofor
21. Shareeka Epps
22. America Ferrera
23. Joseph Fiennes
24. Ryan Fleck
25. Ben Foster
26. Judah Friedlander
27. Patrick Fugit
28. Kelli Garner
29. Greg Germann
30. Bent Hamer
31. John Heard
32. Emile Hirsch
33. Terrence Howard
34. Brad Hunt
35. Timothy Hutton
36. Jason Issacs
37. Raymond J. Barry
38. Brian Jun
39. Greg Kinnear
40. Paul Laverty
41. Justin Long
42. Anthony Mackie
43. Gabriel Mann
44. Simon McBurney
45. Heather McComb
46. Efren Ramirez
47. Robert Redford
48. Deborah Rush
49. Jay Sanders
50. Amber Tamblyn
51. Channing Tatum
52. Justin Timberlake
53. Jonathan Trent
54. Wilmer Valderrama
55. Anton Yelchin

Bid on the Autographed Volkswagen Touareg Hood from Sundance

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