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Ethos Water, Informant to film in Decatur
  • Matt's advertisement for Ethos Water has been released with a press release from PepsiCo and H20 Africa. A larger PDF version of the advertisement is available at the official site. World Water Day is on 22 March 2008.

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    Ethos Water, the brand dedicated to helping children get clean water, is driving support for its mission by collaborating with H20 Africa, a foundation focused on clean water initiatives. Later this month, H20 Africa's co-founder, Matt Damon, will appear in a national Ethos Water print advertising campaign encouraging consumers to get involved in raising awareness and funding for the world water crisis.

    "As we make Ethos available more broadly, we're thrilled to collaborate with H20 Africa, which shares our commitment to the same mission," said Ahad Afridi, VP of waters at Pepsi-Cola North America. "This is a unique partnership where the Ethos Water brand, H20 Africa and Matt Damon join forces with the public to encourage millions of people to make a difference against the world water crisis."

    "This is about two organizations, Ethos Water and H20 Africa, coming together to do something positive by creating awareness of the world water crisis," said Keith Quinn, co-founder of H20 Africa. "In addition, the donation by PepsiCo to H20 Africa allows us to implement safe water programs in Africa and improve the lives of many people." Earlier this year, PepsiCo made a US$2.5 million grant commitment to H20 Africa to help support clean water projects in Niger, Mali, Senegal and other African countries.

  • The Informant will film in Decatur, Illinois, in April and May, although locations will not be announced. Some new details at the Herald and Review, including:

    A long-awaited Hollywood feature film based in Decatur will be a reality this year.

    "The Informant," a film based on Kurt Eichenwald's 2000 book about Archer Daniels Midland Co.'s 1990s-era price-fixing scandal, is to begin filming in Decatur in April and May.

    Stevens said all of the filming will be done in Decatur, dismissing rumors that the production planned extensive work in Springfield.

    Stevens said a call for extras would be made, but is some time off.

  • Matt's mother, Nancy Carlsson-Paige, has a new website, which is currently promoting her upcoming book: 'Taking Back Childhood: Helping Your Kids Thrive in a Fast-Paced, Media-Saturated, Violence-Filled World, due in Spring 2008. Matt's brother also has a website for his artwork: Kyle Damon.
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    obsessed_freak From: obsessed_freak Date: March 7th, 2008 07:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
    I go to school in Decatur (Millikin University). A friend told me a few days ago that he would be filming here, but I didn't believe him. I'm so excited now!!!!
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 7th, 2008 10:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
    If you can pass on any details or news about filming it would be really appreciated. There should be lots of interest from the local media.
    obsessed_freak From: obsessed_freak Date: March 7th, 2008 11:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Will do =)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 8th, 2008 05:32 am (UTC) (Link)

    Decatur media

    Here's a local media story from Decatur discussing the upcoming movie and showing video of the principal players and locations from WCIA:

    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 9th, 2008 02:02 am (UTC) (Link)

    Green Zone

    Long segment on CBS News tonight on the Green Zone and Matt. The thrust was the real soldiers being used in the film, some of whom were interviewed on the Morocco location. Matt spoke several times, opining that it was hard for him to give orders to battle-hardened soldiers, that he and Greengrass hoped the film will give everyone insight into the search for WMD and later events from a non-political stance. Matt said he felt the issue of the war and the decision to go into it would be treated realistically but without political prejudice. A real surprise to see this on the U.S. evening news. Matt looks good in uniform.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 9th, 2008 04:29 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Green Zone

    Thanks very much for the information. I'll try to find the footage.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: March 9th, 2008 04:35 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Green Zone

    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 9th, 2008 02:35 am (UTC) (Link)

    Matt on CBS News

    Am so sorry I missed seeing Matt on CBS. Maybe CBS will put it out as a video on their web-site. Thanks for letting the rest of us know about it! Take care, Cheryl
    From: (Anonymous) Date: March 11th, 2008 01:30 am (UTC) (Link)

    Informant casting

    Has there been any word/rumors on any other major cast additions? If filming is to begin in a month, we should be hearing something by now.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: July 29th, 2008 11:01 pm (UTC) (Link)

    ANOTHER brand

    I heard another brand was doing even better: Volvic gives 10L of clean drinkable water to children in Ethiopia!!! pretty straightforward... Great that companies are giving back!

    check it out on www.drink1give10.com
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