Francis Ford Coppola Winery, an official Sundance sponsor, - AmNews Curtain Raiser


Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Francis Ford Coppola Winery, an official Sundance sponsor,

(from L to R) Ed Helms, WWE Diva Paige, Tichina Arnold, Ray Romano, Josh Gad

Francis Ford Coppola Winery, an official Sundance sponsor, hosted an activation at The Hollywood Reporter Lounge where they served wine and engaged talent to record video birthday messages for the famed director's upcoming 80th birthday. The videos are being compiled into a video that will be presented to Francis on his birthday in April. Celebrities who stopped by the lounge included Ed Helms, Ray Romano, Josh Gad, Rene Russo, Demi Moore, Jake Gyllenhaal, Jon Hamm, Alfre Woodard, Peter Sarsgaard, Patty Jenkins, Pete Davidson, Naomi Watts, Zac Efron and many more. 

  • Alfre Woodard
    • "Happy birthday Mr. Francis. May you stay forever young with all the knowledge of your walk and you've walked so far. All joy, Alfre Woodard."
  • Tichina Arnold
    • Sang "Happy Birthday to you" and winked at the camera, cheers with her wine glass and took a nice sip and said "mmmm. Yum!"
  • Tarell Alvin McCraney- started of wishing Coppola a happy birthday and then launched into listing his credits including screenwriter for Moonlight and his upcoming film before saying...
    • "But it's not about me, it's your birthday. Happy birthday. This is amazing. You're an Aquarius, all my favorite people are Aquarius. Thank you for all that you've done and contributed to film and the way in which we look at ourselves on camera. We appreciate you. 

The Family Coppola launched an interactive digital campaign at Sundance centered around risk-taking, the theme of the festival and something Francis champions in his everyday life. It encourages fans, media and brand partners of past and present to help The Family Coppola build momentum for the six-time Oscar® winning director’s 80th birthday in April. From January 24 through April 13, people across the country can record and share stories of dreams, courage, sacrifice, and risk to help them celebrate Francis’ life’s work which includes films like The Godfather, Apocalypse Now, and The Outsiders.

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