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"Fields of Gold" World Premiere at Fine Arts Theatre in Beverly Hills

Updated: Aug 27, 2023


The theater marquee for "Fields of Gold" at the Fine Arts Theatre in Beverly Hills


Beverly Hills, California, USA. 18th August, 2023. The world premiere of "Fields of Gold," a documentary about the life of Augustus Eugene Staley (A.E. Staley), was held at the Fine Arts Theatre in Beverly Hills, California. The documentary chronicles the incredible journey of A.E. Staley (born in 1867), who grew up as a barefoot farmer and then went on to build an agricultural empire and become a prominent figure in profession sports. He is the original owner of the football team that later became the Chicago Bears in 1922, and known for his role in the creation of the National Football League (NFL). It is a rags to riches story about perseverance, inspiration, and the American dream.


Lucas Staley, Mark Staley (great-grandson of A.E. Staley), Julie Staley (wife of Mark Staley), and Alex Staley


The film is written, directed, and produced by Julie Staley of Spencer Films, and is narrated by Emmy Award-winning actor Peter Coyote,. The film is also produced by Michael Pollack, CEO of Pollack Films. Mark Staley and the late Grant Staley, both great-grandsons of A.E. Staley, are among the executive producers of the film. Other executive producers include Arthur Allan Seidelman, Lauren McGill, and George Veras. Julie Staley is a Regional Emmy Award winner, Arthur Allan Seidelman is a 2-time Emmy Award winner with many other awards, and Veras is a 10-time Emmy Award-winning producer and former COO and Executive Producer at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.


Mark Staley (great-grandson of A.E. Staley), Julie Staley (wife of Mark Staley), and Randy Garner (great-nephew of A.E. Staley)


Producer Michael Pollack, CEO of Pollack Films, Jigo Reed, President/founder Sugar Studios (post-production), executive producer Lauren McGill, and executive producer Arthur Allan Seidelman


Michael Pollack, CEO of Pollack Films, stated in an earlier press release, “What impressed me the most about Staley’s story was that despite the hardships he faced to build his manufacturing business in Decatur, Illinois, in the early 1900s, he cared more about people than money,” said Pollack. “This man went through a lot, lost it all, rolled the dice, and lost again, but he always took care of people. He was selfless. This is what made Staley a success.” In regards to his company, he stated, "Pollack Films is a production company dedicated to creating compelling and impactful films. We aim to inspire and entertain audiences while shedding light on extraordinary individuals and their contributions to society.”


Dayton Emery, George Veras, Laura Richter, Jordan Richter, and Tim Lynn of the production team


Other attendees included Randy Garner (great nephew of A.E. Staley), David Baker, former President and CEO of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Simon Miller (“The Vampire Diaries”), and Los Angeles Beverly Arts (LABA) members and guests, TV host Joey Zhou, founder of LABA, Harrison Engle, LABA Board member, TV host Gene Chu, and Dee Dee. LABA Blue-chip artist Jiannan Huang sent his congratulations to the film makers by video call (Joey Zhou's cell phone).


David Baker, former President and CEO of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Collen Baker, Lucas Staley, Mark Staley, Julie Staley, and Alex Staley


Actor/producer Simon Miller, executive producer Arthur Allan Seidelman, and associate producer Jean-Francois Cavelier


TV host Joey Zhou, founder of LABA, Dee Dee, Harrison Engle, LABA Board member, TV host Gene Chu


LABA Blue-chip artist Jiannan Huang sent his congratulations to the film makers by video call from Beijing, China


LABA Blue-chip artist Jiannan Huang









The Beverly Arts News is sponsored by JHSZ International Art Institute

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