Here’s more evidence that this year’s Democratic National Convention is quickly turning into a Sundance for politicos:
Starz, the premium cable channels, 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 room will offer a mixture “of hospitality and food for thought,” in the words of Starz CEO Robert B. Clasen.
The convention, which runs from Aug. 25 to 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 in nationwide release on Aug. 15.
—The Denver Film Society will showcase short films from Cinemocracy, the online film competition, with the top 10 short films shown at a public event at Red Rocks on Monday, Aug. 25.
—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 those books on panels 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 www.starzgreenroom.com.
—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 “Accidential 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 events are unrelated to the official convention in the Pepsi Center. A spokesman for the DNC says that a lineup of speakers and other entertainment on the convention floor will come sometime closer to the event itself, perhaps in mid-August.
The Starz events are nonpartisan, although you can be sure the attendees won’t be. And in an irony of ironies, the man atop Liberty Media, John Malone, has maxed out in contributions to John McCain.
Meanwhile, conservative group Citizens United’s David Bossie plans to premiere an anti-Obama documentary in Denver on the Sunday before the convention, reports the Politico’s Jeffrey Ressner. The film will “recycle the “greatest hits” of cable TV clips that damaged Obama’s candidacy, from the wailing of Reverend Jeremiah Wright to Michelle Obama’s “proud of my country” gaffe.” Bossie, who last year debuted “Hillary: The Movie,” unveiled a trailer this week online.