Hollywood on the Potomac

Short Circuit

February 9, 2020

The long and the short of it: Short films are by far the most diverse films in The Academy, but they often get short changed (yes, pun intended). Until recently, shorts were often referred to as the black sheep of The Academy Awards ceremony — “a prestigious category, but one that barely anyone has seen.” The Motion Picture Association (MPA) & ShortsTV  hosted a private screening in Washington, DC in honor of this year’s nominations followed by a panel discussion with shorts filmmakers, moderated by Carter Pilcher.  The Academy announced shortlists in consideration for the 92nd Academy Awards in their top categories: Documentary.  Animation and Live Action. (see clip below)

A perhaps little known fact about Shorts:  Dear Basketball, a 2017 American animated short film written and narrated by the late Kobe Bryant and directed and animated by Glen Keane, with music by John Williams won an Oscar in 2017. The film is based on a letter Kobe Bryant wrote to The Players’ Tribune on November 29, 2015 announcing his retirement from basketball.

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February 6, 2020

"In my present position at The Motion Picture Association as well as in my former capactiyy as Assistant Secretary of State, I had the pleasure of visiting Korea many, many times and I saw that powerful creativity at work. You feel the energy everywhere and is something that literally binds our two nations together,” said CEO Ambassador Charles Rivkin at a private screening of Parasite in downtown Washington, DC. 

“So Parasite is not only an amazing movie, but it’s a great example of what creativity can do when it’s allowed to thrive in a supportive ecosystem.  I have the pleasure as the head of The Motion Picture Association to be a member of the Motion Picture Academy. I can’t tell you which film I voted for on Sunday, but I will say that for me the best picture is the movie that stays with you. It’s really something you think about for days after you’ve seen it. I’m certain you’re going to feel that way after you’ve seen tonight’s show.”

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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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