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The Creative Coalition and Sundance

by Sydney Levine
January 25, 2011 3:30 AM
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The Creative Coalition is the premiere nonprofit, nonpartisan social and public advocacy organization of the arts and entertainment community. Founded in 1989 by prominent members of the creative community, The Creative Coalition is dedicated to educating, mobilizing, and activating its members on issues of public importance, primarily public education, the First Amendment, and arts advocacy. Actors Dana Delany and Tim Daly serve as the organization's Co-Presidents.

The Spotlight Initiative was launched in 2008 by The Creative Coalition to support independent films with messages that make a positive difference in the world. Acclaimed actresses Ellen Barkin and Liv Tyler are receiving The Creative Spotlight Initiative Awards at the annual event held during the Sundance film festival in Park City, Utah Monday evening, January 24th. Ms. Barkin’s film, Another Happy Day, and Ms. Tyler’s film, The Ledge (ISA: Marc Damon's Foresight) are featured in this year’s festival. The Creative Coalition is proud and pleased to honor both Ms. Barkin and Ms. Tyler -- two of the most influential and talented actresses in independent film today.


Ellen Barkin, Producer Another Happy Day Liv Tyler, Star The Ledge

Other Spotlight Initiative Awards honorees include the cast and writer/director of Margin Call (U.S. rep: Waterfall Media Inc.'s, Cassian Elwes and Laura Rister, 310-601-2100. ISA: Kirk D'Amico's Myriad) an enthralling thriller featuring an all-star ensemble cast set in the high-stakes world of the financial industry. The film was written and directed by J.C. Chandor and stars Kevin Spacey, Demi Moore, Stanley Tucci, Paul Bettany, Jeremy Irons, Zachary Quinto, Penn Badgley, Simon Baker, and Mary McDonnell.


Margin Call's Kevin Spacey

Other Creative Coalition Spotlight Initiative Award Winners will be Academy-Award winning actor Alan Arkin (The Convincer), Isabella Rossellini (Animals Distract Me) and Maria Cuomo Cole (Living for 32), making the entire list complete.


* Feature Film Award: Margin Call with Kevin Spacey, Paul Bettany,
Jeremy Irons, Zachary Quinto, Penn Badgley,
Simon Baker, with Demi Moore, and Stanley
Tucci, directed by J.C. Chandor
* Individual Awards: Alan Arkin (The Convincer); Ellen Barkin (Another Happy Day); Liv Tyler (The Ledge)
* Short Film Awards: Maria Cuomo Cole (Living for 32); Isabella Rossellini (Animals Distract Me)


Margin Call has already been widely licensed since its premiere at AFM 2010, to distributors Alliance for Canada, Aurora for Ukraine, Becker Group for Australia and New Zealand, Degeto and Koch Media for Germany, Distribution Company for Argentina, Gussi Artecinema for Mexico, Monolith for Poland, P4M (Programs4Media) for Romania and Ex-Yugoslavia, Svensk Filmindustri for Scandinavia, 01 Rai Cinema for Italy, Aurora for Ukraine, Eagle for Iran and the Middle East, Panasia Films for China TV and Pay TV, Star TV for Japan for TV, and Videx International for Peru.

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