‘Darfur’ pic takes a stand

DGA screens engaging film

There was no doubt that Tuesday’s DGA screening of “Darfur Now” had an engaged point of view: an Amnesty International rep spoke before the screening; the director called the Sudanese crises “one of the worst nightmares of the century” and humanitarian orgs handed out literature at the afterparty.

It’s unusual for a preem to take such an activist position but Warner Independent topper Polly Cohen said, “Hollywood does have great power and sometimes we have a chance to use it wisely.”

As for getting the docu made, producer Cathy Schulman said she’d learned about the issue while working with fellow “Darfur” producer Don Cheadle on “Crash.” She joked that the Oscar-winning pic brought her “fame and lack of fortune” that could be used in getting the docu made.

“When you get an Oscar it’s like you get a little gold star on your forehead,” said Schulman. “And for a moment people listen to what you want to do.”

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