Today on June 9, 2014 Examiner.com is excited to share our exclusive interview with Hollywood heavyweight Jane Rosenthal about Montblanc honoring her. This acclaimed film producer received the Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award at a private ceremony at the Stephan Weiss Studio in New York City to celebrate her passion and commitment for arts and culture.
Tell me what it means to be honored by Montblanc.
First of all, it was very surprising to get the letter. Jurors actually selected me. I didn't even know I was up for a prize and then I received it, so that was extra special. It's nice when anyone acknowledges the work that you're doing, I think it makes everyone feel special and I feel really special tonight.
Montblanc has also partnered with Tribeca Film Festival for some initiatives.
We did the Power of Words program, which we did in Times Square, which was really extraordinary, about the meaning of Nelson Mendela's words, and really trying to bring them to a new generation and let them look at his speeches in different ways. Montblanc's support of the arts is so important at a time when nationally and internationally, people are cutting down on arts programs, and when you think about it, when an artist speaks, everybody listens, whether it's in songs, in paintings, in a movie, so it's a cultural diplomacy. It almost becomes the artists who help change the world.
Last month, the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival was a huge success. Can you reflect on that?
I was so proud that we opened with "Time is Illmatic," a movie that was by Erik Parker and One9, about Nas and it came out of our Tribeca All Access Program and we'd been involved with it for a number of years, and to actually see that open the festival was quite spectacular and it just felt like our very small insular universe of Tribeca had come a full circle and it just felt so complete and so nice. It was really extraordinary.
Robert De Niro humorously presented the award to his Tribeca Film Festival co-founder in front the intimate crowd of her friends including Brooke Garber Neidich, Co-Chair of Whitney Museum of American Art, film producer Harvey Weinstein, actor Anthony Mackie, publisher Christopher Forbes and Forbes Magazine President Tim Forbes, style expert Stacy London, Allure Editor-In-Chief Linda Wells, models Selita Ebanks, Julie Henderson and Teresa Moore.
Rosenthal received 15,000 Euros that will be donated to Tribeca Film Institute to continue its growth and staging of altruistic filmmaking. She was also presented with the new limited edition Montblanc Patron of Art writing instrument, which commemorates the life and influence of Henry B. Steinway.