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Support Parks and Pirates: Paramount Studios Hosts Fundraising Event for California Parks

Movie Marathon on May 5 Will Screen First Three “Pirates of the Caribbean” Films

 Ticket Sales to Offset Budget Cuts Threatening All California State Parks Including the 70 Parks Slated to Close 

California State Parks Foundation (CSPF) and the Environmental Media Association (EMA) are pleased to present the 2012 ParkFilm Fest. The lineup for the third annual ParkFilm Fest consists of back-to-back screenings of the first three Pirates of the Caribbean films— The Curse of the Black Pearl, Dead Man’s Chest, and At World’s End. The film festival will be held at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles on Saturday, May 5, 2012 and will raise much-needed funds for California’s state parks which are being threatened by budget cuts. With 70 state parks slated for closure on July 1, CSPF is dedicated to helping keep these parks open, accessible, and protected while a sustainable financial future is sought.


A family-friendly event, ParkFilm Fest will be complete with food-trucks as well as multiple activities to engage both kids and adults. Also on site will be a select group of actors and filmmakers from the trilogy who will participate in a special Q&A. The ParkFilm Fest 2012 Celebrity Host Committee includes Lance Bass, Ed Begley, Jr., Emmanuelle Chriqui, Frances Fisher, Daryl Hannah, Wendie Malick and Amy Smart. Guests are encouraged to come dressed as a pirate or their favorite character from the films.

“We’re incredibly proud to be holding our third annual ParkFilm Fest,” said President of CSPF Elizabeth Goldstein. “State parks are an integral part of California’s history, as much as they are a part of the entertainment industry’s history. Our film festival will help keep these beloved state parks open—so that their beauty can continue to be enjoyed by our children and grandchildren.”

The ParkFilm Fest celebrates the long-lasting relationship between the film industry and California’s state parks. For almost 90 years, California’s motion picture industry and, more recently, its television industry, have used state parks for filming locations. The state parks have been the stage for dinosaurs to roam, Robin Hood’s Sherwood Forest, the burning deserts of Egypt, the old South of Rhett Butler and Scarlett O’Hara, a dusty frontier street with a beleaguered sheriff, and future worlds where apes were the dominant species or an evil empire sought to control the galaxy. This historical partnership continues to this day, providing both worldwide entertainment and great economic benefit to California.

Films showcased at previous ParkFilm Fest include: Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, Planet of the Apes, Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi and M*A*S*H.

To buy tickets to ParkFilm Fest, and help keep California state parks thriving, please visit and click on the logo for ParkFilm Fest.