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MOONRISE KINGDOM Costume Auctioned Off for $4,250 to Benefit Variety the Children’s Charity of New York

Posted June 15, 2012

Movie Expanding to Theatres Nationwide June 29th

$4,250 was raised for Variety the Children’s Charity of New York with the successful auction of an original costume from Focus Features’ new movie Moonrise Kingdom, directed by Wes Anderson, through Variety the Children’s Charity of New York’s online auction via www.charitybuzz.com.

Bidding nearly tripled in the final minutes of the two-week auction. The costume is the Khaki Scouts of North America uniform worn by 12-year-old Sam Shakusky (played by Jared Gilman) in Moonrise Kingdom. After consulting with the director, costume designer Kasia Walicka Maimone and her department created every single element of the uniform, including activity buttons and hand-sewn insignia patches. The movie introduces Mr. Gilman and his fellow screen newcomer Kara Hayward, who joined their director and his stars Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton, Jason Schwartzman, and Bob Balaban in world-premiering Moonrise Kingdom last month at the Cannes International Film Festival.

Rave reviews and the highest recorded per-theater average for a live-action movie released domestically followed the stellar Cannes reception. The movie has retained the highest per-theater average among all films currently in release for three straight weeks, and because of the demand Focus added several dozen additional cities and theaters to the run. Because of industry and audience demand, a nationwide expansion to several hundred theaters is planned for Friday, June 29th.

The gift from Mr. Anderson and the worldwide film company generated the $4,250 that will help Variety the Children’s Charity of New York raise funds to support its work in the tri-state area transforming the lives of children through the arts.