Star Wars Force for Change

Star Wars: Force for Change Wants to Raise Money for UNICEF, Put You in Episode VII

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Yesterday, J.J. Abrams posted a video from the set of Star Wars: Episode VII for a couple of reasons: One, to announce a new contest in which you could appear in said movie and, two, to kick off a new philanthropic initiative called Star Wars: Force for Change, benefiting UNICEF.

It’s easy to enter; but it will cost you. Anyone who’s Kickstarted anything will be familiar with the crowdfunding model they’re using. Head to http://www.omaze.com/experiences/starwars-episode-vii, pick your reward level (anything from a hearty pat on the back to a private advanced screening of Episode VII) and you’ll earn a number of contest entries. The more you give to the cause, the more entries you get, the better your chances are of winning.

It’s a good cause and I’m glad to see that Disney is continuing George Lucas’ philanthropic philosophy (don’t forget, he gave the proceeds of the Lucasfilm merger to education). It’s also a great contest and will make one Star Wars geek deliriously happy (though I have to imagine, if Mdm. or Msr. $50,000 Bid doesn’t win, they will be enjoying their advanced private screening through clenched teeth).

I would be remiss if I failed to point out two vitally important things about the video – Abrams is on an honest-to-Yoda set that is on location and at 30 seconds into the video a live-effects creature saunters into the shot! Green-screen? We don’t need no green screen! I will readily admit, that alone is enough to give me…

*lowers blast shield*

…a New Hope.

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3 thoughts on “Star Wars: Force for Change Wants to Raise Money for UNICEF, Put You in Episode VII

  1. I don’t want to be in the movie but I’d donate money just to keep lens flare out of any of his films.

  2. I’m no huge fan of unicef (other better places for my charitable contributions to go) but for a one in a million shot at being in a star wars film I’ll toss $10 their way!

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