Hollywood on the Potomac

Art of the City

July 18, 2016

“As far as the cover, that image was generated by photographing the dancer and exploiting the camera shutter and recording the movement of that dancer,” artist Ronald Beverly told Hollywood on the Potomac at a dinner party in his honor on the rooftop of The Hepburn hosted by Capitol File magazine Publisher Suzy Jacobs. “So it’s very similar to if you take a flashlight and stand in front of the camera in the middle of the night and you just move the flashlight in front of the camera, you get these lines, it’s the same concept. It’s just more elaborate with the suit that the dancer’s wearing and I’m watching the dancer move to musical passages. I’m familiar with the movements by watching her and then it’s intuitively taking pictures when I’m seeing something that really would register well.” This was the magazine’s third annual “Art of the City” issue. Inside the magazine, the Howard University Professor opens up about his stance on the digital-versus-film divide.

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Future of Afghanistan

July 14, 2016

“One of the beauties of democracy is that new ideas come to surface and new administrations come in and have different focuses and different priorities,” Afghanistan’s Ambassador Dr. Hamdullah Mohib said in response to a question posed by Hollywood on the Potomac as to how things have changed for the people of Afghanistan as well as the relationship with the United States since Ashraf Ghani took over as President.  “The priority of this current government, the National Unity Government, is making sure that Afghanistan becomes a self-reliant country, so we are increasing revenue – that’s a big focus for us. To do that, it means we’re not only finding new ways to bring new revenue, but making sure that we collect more taxes and more revenue from customs by introducing reforms – that includes anti-corruption measures and also introducing new systems to put in place so that the processes become faster to make it easier for people to make new investments that would encourage more and more trade in Afghanistan.”  The occasion for the discussion was a dinner party in his honor hosted by Juleanna Glover and Ryan Wegman at Glover’s Kalorama residence in Washington, DC.

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The 'SHE' of Wall Street

July 10, 2016

“I just could feel the characters,” Executive Producer Candy Straight told Hollywood on the Potomac.  “I had friends on Wall Street. One of the characters hides her pregnancy because she’s concerned that it will impact her ability to be promoted in the next six months. I know friends of mine who went through that, hiding their pregnancies.  A lot of women … including one of my friends……hid her pregnancy up to the seventh month. I have no idea how she did it because those of us who knew her, when we looked at her, we knew she was pregnant, but we probably knew she was pregnant in, let’s say, the second or third month. You sort of look at a friend differently if you know they’re pregnant. How are you doing? How’s the baby? Stuff like that.  It was amazing her boss didn’t notice.  It’s a good story, even if you don’t know about Wall Street. The fact that the story got me, resonated with my career and my friends’ careers, I said, ‘Hey, you know what? This makes a lot of sense. I’m going to invest in it.'”  The movie is Sony Pictures Classics’ Equity that screened at NCTA in Washington, DC and is set for official release July 29, 2016.

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