Hollywood on the Potomac

'Bridgital Nation: Solving Technology's People Problem'

February 25, 2020

“I think digital education is the most important thing we need to do,” co-author Natatajan Chandrasekaran told Hollywood on the Potomac at a book party in his honor at the home of Juleanna Glover and Christopher Reiter in the Kalorama section of Washington, DC.  “We need to train our kids in digital across [all sections] of society to ensure that everybody gets a basic digital education.”

Bridgital Nation book synopsis: “It is 2030. India is among the world’s top three economies. All Indians use the cloud, artificial intelligence and automated learning to either do their job or get their job done. All Indians have access to quality jobs, better healthcare and skill-based education. Technology and human beings coexist in a mutually beneficial ecosystem. This reality is possible. It is within reach. With Bridgital. In this groundbreaking book, the chairman of Tata Sons, N. Chandrasekaran presents a powerful vision for the future. To the coming disruption of artificial intelligence, he proposes an ingenious solution, where India is perfectly positioned to pave a unique path from the rest of the world. Instead of accepting AI as an inevitable replacement for human labour, India can use it as an aid; instead of taking them away, AI can generate jobs.”

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'The Photograph'

February 24, 2020

“We’re extremely proud to present NBC Universal’s The Photograph as part of our tribute to Black History Month,” said Greg Saphier, Senior Vice President of External Affairs at The Motion Picture Association. “The movie opened this past Valentine’s Day and stars Issa Ray and LaKeith Stanfield. It was written and directed by Stella Meghie, a Canadian filmmaker. She’s already made four movies and directed three television dramas, so it’s really a kind of prolific, exciting time that we get a chance to watch this movie here tonight.”


Film synopsis: When famed photographer Christina Eames dies unexpectedly, she leaves her estranged daughter Mae hurt, angry and full of questions. When Mae finds a photograph tucked away in a safe-deposit box, she soon finds herself delving into her mother’s early life — an investigation that leads to an unexpected romance with a rising journalist.

The Photograph is a great example of the growing importance of multicultural storytelling,” added Saphier. “And in this case, of course, it features a predominantly black cast as well as black talent behind the camera and in front of the camera and of course a black woman at the helm of the entire project. This is just the latest example of a growing list of films that are proving the marketplace by ability of diverse story telling. In fact, The Photograph made $12 million on its opening weekend. I think that this film is also representative of NBC Universal’s continued leadership in helping bring the stories of multicultural creators to audiences around the world.”

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February 16, 2020

“Everybody here has probably heard of Beatlemania, but I think tonight we started a little bit of Danmania,” said MPA CEO Ambassador Charles Rivkin prior to Dan Reynolds being introduced at a special screening of Believer (HBO) at The Motion Picture Association in downtown Washington, DC with co-hosts Universal Music Group in conjunction with The Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus and the LoveLoud Foundation featuring a conversation with Dan Reynolds of Image Dragons.

Synopsis: Directed by Don Argott (DeLoreanBatman & BillThe Art of the Steal), Believer follows Mormon Dan Reynolds, frontman for the Grammy Award-winning band Imagine Dragons, as he takes on a new mission to explore how the Mormon Church treats its LGBTQ members. With the rising suicide rate amongst teens in the state of Utah, his concern with the church’s policies sends him on an unexpected path of acceptance and change. The film documents a year of Reynolds’ life during the process of organizing the first-ever LoveLoud Festival concert in Orem, Utah to benefit such gay rights organizations as GLAAD and the Trevor Project, among others. While Believer takes a broader look at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ treatment of LGBTQ members, it also focuses on the suicide rate in the community, which has skyrocketed in the last decade. The film centers on Reynolds, Aja Volkman, his wife and fellow musician, and Tyler Glenn, frontman for Neon Trees, among others.

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