Oscar shows his good side

Moviemaking magnifies good causes

Oscar season is more than congratulatory back-slapping; it’s prime time for moviemaking to magnify good causes.

FILMS AS FOOD Filmaid brings the power of movies to 160,000 refugees in Kenya and Tanzania. Auds as large as 33,000 have watched cartoons and features like “The Wizard of Oz” in a dusty field under the stars.

“Refugees tell me again and again that films are like food for them,” says “Capote” producer Caroline Baron, who founded Filmaid in 1999. Young refugees also make and show their own films. To help, visit Filmaidinternational.org.

SHARING OSCAR’S SHINE The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Oscar Night America sponsors Oscar viewing parties in 47 cities nationwide, with proceeds going to local charities. Each city adds its own red carpet entrances, paparazzi and celebrity impersonators.

It has raised $15 million since its inception in 1994. This year, New Orleans will host a party to benefit the Red Cross. For info, see Oscar.com.

STUDENTS CATCH THE GLOW The Multicultural Motion Picture Assoc. will hold its annual Student Filmmakers Pre-Oscar Scholarship Luncheon at the Peninsula Beverly Hills, today at 11 a.m.

Scholarships will be awarded to seven underprivileged students who dream of working in film and television. Over the past 13 years, the group has given $100,000 to fund the studies of youths and trade guild apprentices. Tickets are $150-$300. Contact Thediversityawards.org.