Hollywood on the Potomac

'Incitement'

February 4, 2020

“I want to welcome you to tonight’s screening of Incitement which we’re really proud to co-host with The Woodrow Wilson Center,” said CEO of The Motion Picture Association Ambassador Charles Rivkin at a private showing in downtown Washington, DC.  “As most of you know, it retells the tragic assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin in 1995 and tells the story from the point of view of the assailant. It takes an uncompromising and inevitably political perspective. This is a movie and subject with many perspectives, powerful emotions, and as you’ll see, deep complexities.”

The screening was followed by a panel discussion with moderator Jane Harman,  former US Representative for California’s 36th congressional district and now President and CEO of The Wilson Center; former Assistant Secretary of State Anne Patterson for near Eastern Affairs and also the US Ambassador to Egypt and Pakistan. “I had the pleasure of working with Anne when I was Assistant Secretary of State. Anne is a strong champion of economic policy around the world. We traveled together to Algeria and Tunisia. She is one of America’s finest Ambassadors. “Harman and Patterson were joined by director  and his co-writer on the film Ron Leshem.  “Its reception both at home and abroad and their perspectives on a whole bunch of other matters is going to make for a very fascinating evening.”


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Mayors Matter

February 2, 2020

“History will say we are living in a time more transformational than the industrial revolution. And as that economy has shifted, so many people have been left behind,”  said Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan at the opening “Mayors Matter” panel hosted by The Hill and moderated by Editor-at-Large Steve Clemons at the St. Regis Hotel in downtown Washington that included five other of the nation’s leading Mayors: Topeka, Miami, Kansas City, Fort Worth, and Rochester Hills, Michigan. Mayor Brant of Rochester Hills is also President of the US Conference of Mayors who were simultaneously meeting in Washington. The event was sponsored by AARP and thus an emphasis on re-training and re-skilling the 50 plus for a productive place in the future of work.

In town to discuss inclusion in its many dimensions and also generational inclusion, the common thread was community – the responsibility of communities to come together to solve problems by passing the political paralysis in Washington as they face local and regional challenges. What strengths does the 50-plus community bring to healthy communities? And which cities are taking the building blocks they have and reinventing themselves?


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'Clemency'

January 26, 2020

“We are proud to co-host this with Neon who’s distributing the film and with Honorary co-hosts Amnesty International USAThe Vera Institute of Justice and the office of Cory Booker, Senator of the great state of New Jersey,” said Ambassador Charles Rivkin, CEO of The Motion Picture Association at a private screening of “Clemency” in Washington, DC.  “Now this movie, as many of you know, won the grand jury prize at Sundance and it’s about the challenges faced by a prison warden, in this case played by Alfre Woodard whose job is to oversee executions. So clearly, this is going to be an emotionally powerful experience.”

“I just want to say a couple of words very quickly about this incredible room that you’re sitting in as well as the mission that compels and drives the Motion Picture Association.  We work at the MPA every day to champion and promote and protect creativity and I’m proud to represent an industry that stands for free speech,” Rivkin added while introducing the film. “We stand for free expression for an ever greater diversity of stories and the people who tell those stories. It’s an incredible honor to lead an organization that never rests when it comes to defending the rights of creators everywhere – matter what stories they had to tell, no matter who they are, no matter what their religion, race or background. And I have to say as a personal note of pride that I’m incredibly thrilled that you’re here in this theater. This theater is about 70% bigger than the previous one before the renovation. It has state of the art technology for the technophiles and Dolby surround sound, which I think you’re going to hear tonight. There’s 50 speakers embedded in the walls. It is in my obviously biased opinion that this is the best place in Washington, DC to see a film and this room is our way of showcasing that.”


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