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Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Elijah Wood hosting Art Benefit!

IMTA alum Elijah Wood co-hosted The Art of Elysium charity benefit last week in New York! His co-host was the beautiful Riley Keough (Elvis' grand-daughter and Lisa Marie Presley's daughter). The reception was held at Chelsea's Milk Studios. On sale were Warhol-esqe silk screens by Mick Rock and Russell Young that featured rockers like Iggy Pop, Lou Reed and David Bowie.

The blog Celebs Gone Good caught up with Elijah Wood and asked him how he got involved:
EW: They actually asked me to be involved in this specific event. I didn’t really know a lot about the charity, and I sort of did some research- found out about it, and I couldn’t really say no- particularly because they work with children. So then once I agreed to do the event, I got involved with the charity itself and I went to go experience first-hand what exactly that they do; which is essentially going to these hospitals and doing these artist workshops with either actors or musicians, photographers or other kinds of artists. They do these amazing workshops with the children from there.

Check out the entire touching interview on Celebs Gone Good.

Elijah got his start at IMTA in 1989 and has starred in over 40 feature films. His film Happy Feet won a BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) Children's Award in London! Elijah provides the voice over for the main character Mumble. Currently, Elijah is working on an animated action adventure film called Nine, a post-apocalyptic nightmare in which all of humanity is threatened and he has started his own music label!

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