Hollywood on the Potomac

'The Great American Lie'

February 27, 2020

“I’m delighted to introduce Jennifer Siebel Newsom. Tonight’s movie, The Great American Lie, is directed, written and produced by Jennifer and it is the third in her trilogy aiming the lens at gender inequality,” said Melissa Patack, Vice President and Senior Council for State Government Affairs for The Motion Picture Association.  “Her 2011 award winning documentary Misrepresentation examined how mainstream media and culture contribute to the under representation of women in influential positions that film the rise. The Representation Project is a nonprofit organization that has many social action campaigns that have reached more than 650 million people. Jennifer’s second film, The Mask You Live In, explore how America’s narrow definition of masculinity is harming boys, men and society at large. Tonight’s movie examines the underlying cultural causes of income inequality in America. The MPA, as the voice of the motion picture and television industry, works to support, nurture and protect. We all depend on MPA for our art, our culture, and our entertainment. So we are proud to host this event and delighted to have Jennifer with us tonight.”

Film synopsis: The Great American Lie is a documentary film that examines how a US value system built on the extreme masculine ideals of money, power and control has glorified individualism, institutionalized inequality, and undermined the ability of most Americans to achieve the American Dream.

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'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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