The TwainMania Foundation uses art and education to inspire people of all backgrounds and ages to learn what it means to be an American, through the legacy and lessons of Mark Twain. The TwainMania Foundation was born out of HELMEL studios, a sacred space for artists and novices to create art and performances pieces, which promote collaborations that spark change and catalyze giving in local communities.
Considered to be the ultimate actors actor, with Al Pacino going so far as to say “he’s the best alive today," Val Kilmer is one of the most prolific artists of his generation. From his recent work in the cult classic Kiss Kiss Bang Bang where he co-starred alongside Robert Downey Jr, to his work with Oliver Stone in The Doors, to his earlier work in Top Gun, Kilmer's career spans over 35 years. Other memorable roles include Batman in Batman Forever, Doc Holliday in Tombstone, and Simon Templar in The Saint. Kilmer has also starred in Michael Mann’s Heat, with De Niro and Pacino; Tony Scott's True Romance; Ron Howard’s Willow; At First Sight; and Thunderheart.
Today, Kilmer tours the U.S. with the film production of his one man show Citizen Twain, aptly rechristened Cinema Twain, which he wrote and produced. Kilmer is also a prolific and successful artist, with shows across the country and internationally highlighting his art.
What We Do
Based on Kilmer's one man play Citizen Twain, and based on the principles of HELMEL Studios, the TwainMania Foundation uses educational curriculum to teach students about the meaning of being an American through the legacy and historical writings of Mark Twain. The TwainMania Foundation has also teamed up with HELMEL Studios to offer art exhibits, installations, films, plays and performance pieces that promote social good and provide a space for community members to exhibit art.
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