Hollywood on the Potomac
The progress that we mark today is yet another demonstration that we don’t have to be imprisoned by the past. When something isn’t working, we can and will change.” — President Obama
“I have to admit, the first time I was skeptical when I first heard it,” former Secretary of Commerce Carlos Gutiérrez told Hollywood on the Potomac when asked about his first reaction to the announcement from the White House. “The more I thought about it – and I’ve been thinking about this for a long time – I think it’s the right thing at the right time. I went to Cuba on the 14th of August, first time since 1960, and I find it very difficult for anyone to go down and then come back and think that the embargo was good policy, you know? I’m all in. I think it’s a wonderful time and I think it’s great what’s happening.” The opportunity for the comment came about at the “Engage Cuba” Holiday Party and One Year Celebration of renewed U.S.- Cuba Ties where Ambassador José Cabañas received enthusiastic guests. This was a remarkable comment coming from a man who was born in Havana and fled with his family to Miami during the Cuban Revolution when he was six years old.
“We’re getting ready for the DNC and the RNC conventions,” Robin Bronk, CEO of The Creative Coalition, told Hollywood on the Potomac at a co-hosted event with InterDigital at The National Archives in Washington, DC. “We’ll be doing a big concert event at each one as well as the Congressional Spotlight Awards.” TCC’s Spotlight Awards recognizes individuals and organizations who are dedicated to improving the quality of life for all Americans and who have exhibited a long-standing commitment to the Arts. “And we’ll be bringing the 51st State of Hollywood to be observers.” That would be DC.
Bronk had just returned from LA with Phil Strauss who is one of the District of Columbia’s two Shadow Senators that lobbies Congress on behalf of the citizens of DC in their attempt “to gain full federal representation, self-determination, and eventually admittance to the Union as the 51st state.”
“We are made by history,” Bronk said to guests that included Senators, members of the cabinet, Congressional members, friends and supporters. “It is quite an honor to stand here before you in one of history’s greatest [cribs]. On behalf of The Creative Coalition members here and across the nation, welcome. We are so pleased and honored to be hosting this evening with InterDigital. They are great corporate citizens and great supporters of The Creative Coalition. As the premier non-profit, non-partisan charity of the arts and entertainment community, The Creative Coalition is dedicated to educating, mobilizing, and advocating arts with our members on issues of public policy. We use the power platform of the arts and entertainment communities in public service awards & advocacy campaigns. We do live and are living in a complicated time in history. It is also great to celebrate as we head into the new year with great bi-partisan strides being made in providing arts to America’s school children. And for that, The Creative Coalition could not be happier and we salute and applaud Congress for these strides; so thank you so much. And now, wishing you a wonderful holiday season and to kick it off, please join me in welcoming our co-host of InterDigital, again, a company that is a tremendous champion of the arts and the freedom of expression.”
“Today it seems like fascist themes and provocative questions are more relevant than ever, almost fifty years after the height of the Cold War. What will you be willing to sacrifice for freedom?” That was the opening theme of Amazon Studios’ introduction to the DC premiere of the first episode of The Man in the High Castle at the Newseum that launched on Amazon Video on November 20th – an instant hit with customers and critics alike. “For all of us at Amazon Studios, it very gratifying to see such an overwhelming response to the show. This has been a labor of love for more than two years for all of us; but for many of our producers, it has been a journey that started almost a decade ago,” according to Amazon exec Morgan Wandell. The screening was followed by a panel led by The Hill’s Bob Cusack and Nazi propaganda expert Steve Luckert, Ph.D.
The Man in the High Castle is based on Philip K. Dick’s award-winning novel and explores what it would be like if the Allied Powers had lost WWII and Japan and Germany ruled the United States. “Phillip K. Dick’s daughter Isa Dick-Hackett, David Zucker and Ridley Scott started this odyssey back in 2006 when they first sold the project to the BBC,” Wandell added.