Gospel Hill at the DNC
Director Giancarlo Esposito and actors Ellen Burstyn and Danny Glover discuss current events at the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver, CO. These interviews were recorded in collaboration with a screening and discussion on the movie "Gospel Hill," presented by the Creative Coalition. For more interviews from this event, visit http://fora.tv/2008/08/25/Hollywood_at_the_DNC Official Gospel Hill website: http://www.gospelhillfilm.com/ Complete FORA.tv coverage of the DNC: http://for?a.tv/topic?/democrati?c_conventi?on ----- The Creative Coalition kicks off activities at the DNC with a screening of "Gospel Hill". Artists come together to talk about this important movie, thoughtfully advocate on behalf of important issues, and to exercise their responsibilities as US citizens to speak up and participate in the country's political process. Giancarlo Esposito is the Director of the movie Gospel Hill. He is a member of the Atlantic Theater Ensemble (Atlantic Theater is the theater company started by David Mamet and William H. Macy). In addition, he has won two Obie Awards for his performances in Distant Fires and Zooman and the Sign. Giancarlo served as a member of the dramatic jury at the Sundance Film Festival in 1997. Ellen Burstyn was the first woman to be elected President of Actor's Equity Association (1982-85), and served as the Artistic Director of the Actors Studio for six years, where she studied with the late Lee Strasberg. She continues to be active there as co-president with Al Pacino and Harvey Keitel. In 2000, Ellen received the Career Achievement Award from the Boston Film Festival. She was given the Career Achievement Award from the prestigious National Board of Review in early 2001, and was most recently honored with the Career Achievement in Acting Award from the 2006 Hamptons Film Festival. Danny Glover is the recipient of several prestigious honors for his impressive body of work. They include two NAACP Image Awards, 3 Cable ACE Awards, the Independent Feature Project/West's Best Actor Award, the Phoenix Award from the Black American Cinema Society and induction into the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame. Glover also received an Emmy nomination as Best Supporting Actor for his performance in the mini-series "Lonesome Dove" and Turner Network Television's "Freedom Song". Off-screen, he is a powerful advocate for literacy and has spoken to grammar and high school students around the nation about the joys of reading and education. He was also appointed the first Goodwill Ambassador to the United Nations Development Programme, and received the first annual William Kunstler Racial Justice Award for his work on a variety of social issues. He also received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Amnesty International and an Essence Award. Stuart Schultzke is the Director of Content Development for FORA.tv. He oversees the development of FORA.tv partnerships with content providers and plays a primary role in formulating the company's overall content strategy.