Hollywood on the Potomac

AFI Film Fest

June 27, 2016

“In 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade gave every woman the right to have an abortion. Since 2011, more than half the states in the nation have significantly restricted access to abortions. In 2016, abortion remains one of the most divisive issues in America, especially in Missouri, where only one abortion clinic remains open, patients and their doctors must navigate a 72-hour waiting period, and each year sees more restrictions.” ABORTION: STORIES WOMEN TELL – A film by Tracy Droz Tragos.


Award-winning director and Missouri native Tracy Droz Tragos sheds new light on the contentious issue, with a focus not on the debate, but rather on the women themselves: those struggling with unplanned pregnancies, and the providers who show up at clinics to give medical care, as well as the activists on both sides of the issue, hoping to sway decisions and lives.

“What I discovered is that it is much less a black and white issue than I thought,” Droz Tragos told Hollywood on the Potomac.  “Many, many women from all walks of life have abortions.”

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June 22, 2016

“During my career, I barely shared this story with anyone in my offices because I didn’t want to be known by the label as the woman who was arrested,” former CIA case officer Marti Peterson told a packed audience at the Newseum for the premiere of CNN’s Original Series: DECLASSIFIED: Untold Stories of American Spies.  “I wanted to stand on my own in each job that I had; and in the CIA we moved through many different positions and areas and I just never wanted to be known as the woman who was arrested.”


“DECLASSIFiED is a new eight-part CNN Original Series, that debuted on Sunday, June 19, at 10 p.m. ET/PT.  Hosted by former U.S. Congressman Mike Rogers, also the former chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, each episode features a newly declassified mission told first-hand by the agents who lived it, providing viewers with unprecedented access to the riveting and secret world of espionage. Declassified covers missions set in fascinating locations and time periods from Cold War era Moscow to modern day Iran, from the streets of 1980s Cuba to today’s bustling Beijing.  All 16 intelligence agencies from the CIA to the FBI are represented, revealing the unbelievable true stories of America’s covert operations in the United States and around the world.  


The hour-long series is produced by All3Media America with Gregory J. Lipstone, Domini Hofmann, Aaron Saidman, Stephen Lambert and Mike Rogers serving as executive producers.” CNN Statement

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June 20, 2016

by guest contributor Dimitrios Machairidis


“My first time in Greece was in December 2015 in order to visit the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC). I was overwhelmed. It was much more than I expected. Everything was extraordinary: The use of the land, the orientation of the park, its canal, the buildings of the National Opera and the National Library and of course the relation of the SNFCC with the sea,” said Limor Tomer, General Manager of Concerts and Lectures of the Metropolitan Museum of New York. Here in Athens she will be the Events’ Performance Curator of  “Metamorphosis” – the four-day event taking place from the 23rd to the 26th of June that will transform the SNFCC into an open space of encounter, exploration and experimentation.

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