Dakota Fanning, Movie Star and Girl Scout

One of Today's Hottest Names on the Big Screen Joins the World's Premier Organization For Girls

Photo of Dakota Fanning.Watch Dakota become a proud member of Girl Scouts of the USA.September 20, 2005

Melanie Merians
(818) 886-1801 ext. 32

Chatsworth, Calif.—On Thursday, September 22, two of today's brightest young stars will join the ranks of 2.8 million girls when Dakota Fanning and her younger sister, Elle, become proud members of Girl Scouts of the USA. The girls will be inducted into the San Fernando Valley Girl Scout Council. To celebrate the occasion, Dakota is inviting her sister Girl Scouts from the San Fernando Valley to a special screening of her latest film project, DreamWorks Pictures' DREAMER: Inspired by a True Story, which is being released nationwide October 21.

Dakota and more than 500 Girl Scouts will be treated to the exclusive screening at the AMC Burbank Theater. Although Elle cannot be present for the ceremony and screening, she will be made a Brownie Scout, while Dakota will be a Junior Girl Scout, following in the footsteps of their mother, who was a Girl Scout for many years.

Photo of Dakota Fanning.Dakota with her new sisters Girl Scouts from the San Fernando Valley."It is our great pleasure to welcome Dakota and Elle to our Girl Scout family," said Gerry Keshka, CEO of the San Fernando Valley Girl Scout Council. "All our girls look forward to getting to know both Dakota and Elle and sharing with them the fun, friendship, and adventure that comes with being a Girl Scout."

DREAMER: Inspired by a True Story follows the heartwarming tale of a horse trainer, played by Kurt Russell, and his daughter, Cale, played by Dakota, who work to save an injured horse. Together, father and daughter bring the horse back to her former glory in time to race in the Breeders' Cup Classic. With a storyline that emphasizes family values and believing in oneself, DREAMER shows how, by sharing fears and dreams with one another, a family can make the seemingly impossible, possible.

In recognition of the movie's release, both Dakota and DREAMER: Inspired by a True Story, will be featured in TALK ABOUT IT! Family Fun, a Girl Scout publication that helps girls ages 8-11 get to know their families—and themselves—better. The book contains fun-filled activities, games, and quizzes that girls can do on their own or with family and friends. In addition to showcasing themes, photos, and quotes from the movie, the publication will also provide girls with a Family Fun calendar and stickers, "Just Ask" Card Games, and more than 15 challenges that are fun for the whole family.

Photo of Dakota Fanning.Dakota with her new sister Girl Scouts at an exclusive screening of her movie DREAMER: Inspired by a True Story at the AMC Burbank Theater.About DreamWorks SKG

DreamWorks SKG was formed in October 1994 by its three principal partners—Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg, and David Geffen. The studio is actively involved in the production of live-action motion pictures and network and cable television programs, and the distribution of live-action and animated feature films, as well as home video entertainment.

About the Girl Scouts

Girl Scouts of the USA is the world's pre-eminent organization dedicated solely to girls, with a membership of more that 3.7 million girls and adults. Girl Scouting builds character, social conscience, and self-esteem in girls, while teaching critical life skills to enable them to succeed as adults. With a proven track record of developing leaders, Girl Scouts of San Fernando Valley provides enriching experiences to more than 7,000 girls. For more information on the Girl Scouts of the San Fernando Valley, visit: www.sfvgsc.org