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Spotlight Initiative Awards Gala
Bill Pullman, Brian d’Arcy James, Jason Isaacs
and the film
Who We Are Now
written, directed and produced by
Matthew Newton
with presenters
Zachary Quinto, Aaron Sorkin, Julianne Nicholson,
Jason Biggs, Lennie James and others TBA

Toronto, ON (September 7, 2017) – This Saturday evening, September 9, 2017, The Creative Coalition annual Spotlight Initiative Awards Dinner Gala to be held during the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival will honor actors Bill Pullman (Independence Day, Battle of the Sexes), Brian d’Arcy James (Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House, Molly’s Game), Jason Isaacs (Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, The Death of Stalin), and director Matthew Newton for the film, Who We Are Now.


Confirmed talent includes Bill Pullman (Battle of the Sexes), Matthew Newton (Who We Are Now), Brian d’Arcy James (Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House, Molly’s Game), Zachary Quinto (Who We Are Now), Aaron Sorkin (Molly’s Game), Julianne Nicholson (Who We Are Now), Jason Biggs (Who We Are Now), Jason Isaacs (The Death of Stalin), Lennie James (“The Walking Dead”), and others TBA.

The 2017 Creative Coalition Spotlight Initiative Gala Awards Dinner sponsored by Nordstrom, STK Toronto, Grey Goose Vodka and the Toronto Star.

Nordstrom Supper Suite at STK Toronto
153 Yorkville Avenue
Toronto, ON Canada

Saturday evening, September 9, 2017
• 6:45 pm: Press Call
• 7:00 pm: Red Carpet/Photo Ops/VIP Cocktails and Hors d’oeuvres; Dinner and Awards immediately following

For ticketing and sponsorship information, CLICK HERE. The event is a private gala awards dinner hosted at the Nordstrom Supper Suite at STK Toronto.


The Creative Coalition ( is the premier nonprofit, 501(c)(3) nonpartisan social and public advocacy organization of the arts and entertainment community. Founded in 1989, by Christopher Reeve, Alec Baldwin, Susan Sarandon, and other prominent members of the creative community, The Creative Coalition is dedicated to educating, mobilizing, and activating its members on issues of public importance. The Creative Coalition uses the power and platform of the arts and entertainment communities in award-winning public service and advocacy campaigns. The Creative Coalition leads the #RightToBearArts™ campaign to raise public awareness about and encourage civic activism in supporting funding for the arts and arts education. Actor Tim Daly serves as The Creative Coalition’s president. The Spotlight Initiative Awards are a prestigious honor in the independent film arena. For over a decade, these honors have been bestowed during the Sundance, Cannes, and Toronto Film Festivals. Past recipients include Uzo Aduba, Alan Arkin, Ellen Barkin, Kathy Bates, Maria Bello, Paul Bettany, Nick Cannon, Jennifer Connelly, Lee Daniels, Jonathan Demme, Jay Duplass, Roland Emmerich, Vera Farmiga, Josh Gad, Whoopi Goldberg, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Taylor Hackford, John Hawkes, George Hickenlooper, Dustin Hoffman, Jeremy Irons, Eddie Izzard, Anna Kendrick, Barbara Kopple, Barry Levinson, William H. Macy, Alfred Molina, Demi Moore, Tracy Morgan, Julia Ormond, Sean Penn, Parker Posey, Jonathan Pryce, Jim Sheridan, Kevin Spacey, Quentin Tarantino, Stanley Tucci, Robin Williams, and Shailene Woodley, among others. Additional information about The Creative Coalition can be found by following @TheCreativeC on Twitter and thecreativecoalition on Instagram.

Nordstrom, Inc. is a leading fashion specialty retailer based in the U.S. Founded in 1901 as a shoe store in Seattle, today Nordstrom operates 354 stores in 40 states, including 122 full-line stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico; 221 Nordstrom Rack stores; two Jeffrey boutiques; and two clearance stores. Additionally, customers are served online through, and HauteLook. The company also owns Trunk Club, a personalized clothing service serving customers online at and its seven clubhouses. Nordstrom, Inc.’s common stock is publicly traded on the NYSE under the symbol JWN.

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For Immediate Release:
Media Contact:
Alex Arad


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