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Convention or Film Festival? You Decide!

by Tippi Blevins August 19, 2008 1:56 pm
Convention or Film Festival?  You Decide! Later this month, movie stars and producers will descend upon Colorado. Hollywood's A-listers will rub shoulders with the industry elite, hobnob with the wealthy, attend exclusive parties, promote their causes, and get a sneak peek at a slate of movies. Is it the highly regarded Telluride Film Festival they're all turning out for? Not this time around. According to The Hollywood Reporter, what's got actors and producers all frothing with an excitement usually reserved for prestigious film festivals and awards ceremonies is, instead, the Democratic National Convention.

"Hollywood stars and studio bigwigs" will be turning out in droves for the DNC and it's not just the high altitude in Denver that's got them light-headed. There are " invite-only events", a film competition from cable company Starz, a gala benefit with the Black Eyed Peas (the music group, not the legume), and some guy named Barack Obama who is apparently quite the draw. Actors like Ben Affleck and Charlize Theron will be making the rounds, as will Josh Brolin, who can tell convention goers he's been fighting quite literally for the cause.

As part of the convention, the Impact Film Festival "is presenting such contemporary films as Flow, Battle in Seattle, Trouble the Water and The Black List." The IFF will also be presenting movies at the Republication National Convention the following month, but so far that shindig doesn't seem to be turning into quite the same lavish Tinseltown affair. I don't know who they've got lined up as guests, but John McCain mentions Abe Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt on the RNC's website. If he can get them to show up, it'll blow the dems out of the water.

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