I haven’t sent in a spy report before, but I’ve been spending a lot of time on theonering.net site lately, since I started up a line party. Anyhow, I live in Los Angeles and belong to the AFI. I got a newsletter from them about a week ago and something caught my eye. They were having a benefit premiere screening of The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring. So, I called them up and asked about it. They sent me an invitation, which I just got and sent right back to them to order the tickets. I’m not sure yet if I’ll get them, but here is what the invitation looks like.
First off, it’s a nice card, with the poster picture of the Fellowship in the Lothlorien boats as they approach the two giant statues on the river. When you open it up, there is an image of the ring and the details.
On the left side it mentions the Honorary Co-Chairs and lists Robert Shaye, Jean Picker Firstenberg, Michael Lynne and Peter Jackson. Under their names is a list of the Host Committee, which includes: Sean Astin, Sean Bean, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Billy Boyd, Philippa Boyens, Tony Emmerich, Ian Holm, Chrisopher Lee, Ian McKellen, Rolf Mittweg, Dominic Monaghan, Viggo Mortensen, Mark Ordesky, Barrie M. Osborne, John Rhys-Davies, Russell Schwartz, Adny Serkis, David Tuckerman, Liv Tyler, Fran Walsh, Hugo Weaving and Elijah Wood. I do not know if that means all these people will be there, but you never can tell in Hollywood.
The right side states that this is in association with AFI Associates, which is the fundraising arm of AFI, for both preservation and creative and educational programs. Anyhow, the invitation then goes on to state that the benefit will be held on Sunday, Dec. 16, 2001 at 6:00pm, and that a Gala reception is to follow.
I’m not entirely sure if you need to be an AFI member to get the invitation. If I wasn’t a member, I never would have gotten this information, and I didn’t receive the initial mailing of the invitations because I’m just a basic member, I had to ask for it. Anyhow, hope this info helps you out, and that other TORN members can possibly take advantage of this.