Suite treats set for politicians at Dem confab
Here’s more evidence that this year’s Democratic National Convention is quickly turning into a Sundance for politicos:Starz, the premium cabler, is hosting the Starz Green Room, offering delegates, VIPs and other attendees “the only place within close proximity of the convention hall where convention attendees can have the choice of unwinding with a movie and refreshments, or sharing in a high-level political conversation with prominent figures from entertainment and government.” The convention, which runs Aug. 25-28, is expected to draw an array of Hollywood figures, including Ben Affleck, Kanye West, Warren Beatty and Annette Bening, as well as concert events organized by groups such as the Creative Coalition and the Human Rights Campaign. Starz, a subsidiary of Denver-based Liberty Media, lucked out in the Dems’ choice of convention city and venue: The Pepsi Center is just on the other side of Auraria Parkway from the Starz FilmCenter in the Tivoli, where the cabler’s events will take place. Starz will take the opportunity to showcase some of its original productions, as well as two features from its theatrical division, Overture Films: “The Visitor” and “Henry Poole Is Here,” the latter of which goes into nationwide release on Aug. 15. Other highlights: n The Denver Film Society will showcase short films from Cinemocracy, the online film competition, with the top 10 shorts screened at a public event at Red Rocks on Monday, Aug. 25. n SeaChange Communications, the strategic consulting firm that unites entertainment figures with politicos and nonprofits, is planning an “Ideas Forum” with films, panels, book signings and musical performances. Among the panelists set so far are Arianna Huffington, former White House chief of staff John Podesta, Save Darfur president Jerry Fowler and Santa Monica City Councilman Bobby Shriver. Some of the panels will be webcast via Starzgreenroom.com. n The Impact Film Fund will host a film festival of socially themed documentaries and dramatic films, along with a series of panel discussions. Among the films is the world premiere of “Accidental Advocate,” which explores the political quagmire of stem-cell research. The org plans a similar event at the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn. The Democratic National Convention Committee, which is planning the Denver convention, is not involved in the plans, and a spokesman said that their lineup of speakers and entertainment within the Pepsi Center would be announced closer to the date of the event. The Starz events are nonpartisan, although you can be sure the attendees won’t be. The exec who heads Liberty Media, John Malone, has maxed out in contributions to John McCain. Meanwhile, conservative group Citizens United plans to premiere an anti-Obama documentary, “HYPE: The Obama Effect,” in Denver on the Sunday before the convention, the Politico’s Jeffrey Ressner reported. The film will showcase such topics as the Rev. Jeremiah Wright and Michelle Obama’s ” ‘proud of my country’ gaffe.” It’s being made under the direction of longtime political operative David Bossie, who produced an anti-Hillary Clinton pic last year.