Elysium Industry will support nonprofit films, theater arts

Nonprofit org Art of Elysium has launched Elysium Industry, a branch devoted to supporting the production of nonprofit films and theater arts.

Elysium Industry is part of the org’s “full circle” model that focuses on recruiting industryites to work with children in Gotham and L.A. hospitals who are facing life-threatening conditions. Relativity Media’s Ryan Kavanaugh is chair of the Elysium board.

In addition to Elysium Industry, the Art of Elysium has divisions focused on visual arts, music and fashion and design.

Separately, Art of Elysium announced that helmer Tatia Pilieva is the recipient of its first Tahnee Award, which comes with a commitment from Elysium to help produce a film. The kudo is named after the first child to be aided by the foundation, Tahnee Smith, who died on Christmas Day last year at age 22.

Pilieva’s directorial debut, “Forever,” is currently in post-production.

“The backend revenue of the film is waived by the participant and donated to the Art of Elysium,” said Jennifer Howell, Art of Elysium founder. “We’re supporting philanthropic filmmakers, and by giving them a platform for their first film, we’re supporting their career.”

Howell hopes to shop “Forever” and future Tahnee Award projects around on the film festival circuit.

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