EASL’s symposium: mix of art, fun, charity EASL’s symposium: mix of art, fun, charity April 30, 2000 Regular News Amid the star-studded razzle-dazzle of its symposium, the Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Section will take an artsy time-out for charity.With accompaniment from New Age pianist Bradlee Hedrick, internationally recognized visual artist Anastasia Bognatchev, who has studios in Milan, Rome, Munich and Miami, will set up her easel on stage and create a painting in 20 minutes or so.After her final artistic stroke, the hope is that her spontaneous original work will be auctioned on the spot, with proceeds benefitting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.“I think that all of us, as attorneys, are very blessed to have the advantages of being educated, of being aware of our purpose and of the need to not only represent our clients in proper fashion and in their best interest, but also to accomplish pro bono work and to be involved in charitable endeavors,” said Richard Rappaport, co-chair of the event, “Entertainment 2000: The Second Annual Legal Symposium on the World of Film and Television.”In short, Rappaport believes attorneys have the responsibility to give back, so he made sure to weave in a chance to help a good cause at the April 29-30 symposium packed with film, movie and music notables, to be held at the Friedberg Lifelong Learning Center at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton. And he doesn’t stop there. “I would like to make a friendly and good-natured challenge to every section of The Florida Bar and the entire Florida Bar to think of ways in which monies can be raised for charities during seminars and other events,” Rappaport said.“We don’t need to quantify how much attorneys should give back. What’s important is that we do it — in whatever large or small way. Everyone gives differently. Some people feed the homeless over the holidays, others buy a ticket to a charitable event. In this case, cystic fibrosis is a very deadly and dangerous disease, and I feel it’s the responsibility of attorneys and sections collectively and the responsibility of the Bar collectively to help raise money for people in need.”“We are excited to have the Bar association involved for a charitable moment at the symposium,” said Debbie Anderson, director of special events at Cystic Fibrosis in Ft. Lauderdale.Besides eight panel discussions on legal issues in film and television, other highlights include the VIP Reception address by Mark Koch, producer of the motion pictures “Lost in Space” and “Black Dog”; a live performance of Richard Willis, Jr.’s play “Middle Class Black Folk in the Clair de Lune,” performed by his New York City cast; a special address by Florida Film Commissioner Rebecca Dirden Mattingly; a candlelight concert by award-winning composer and pianist Richard Nanes; and an interview with Los Angeles music and television attorney Sandy Fox, editor of the Music Section of Matthew-Bender’s Entertainment Law.Legendary film director Arthur Hiller, a former multi-term president of the Motion Picture Academy, who directed “Love Story” and “The Out-of-Towners,” will be presented the Crystal Gavel lifetime achievement award by Bruce Mallen, dean and director of the DeSantis Center for Motion Picture Industry Studies at FAU.“Our goal is to weave film and television and music together and bring it to our attendees in a forum with nationally known individuals, so that the industries in this state will begin to flourish,” Rappaport said.And while they’re all gathered to enrich their minds and further their careers, they’ll pause to help a good cause.