The Creative Coalition and The Learning Annex Bring Spotlight Initiative Screening Series to New York City

New York, NY (May 4, 2010) – The Creative Coalition is proud to announce a new partnership with The Learning Annex, to showcase 2010 Spotlight Initiative film selections.

Each Spotlight Initiative event with The Learning Annex will include a Q & A session with the film’s principals. The Spotlight Initiative screening series will kick off this Monday evening, May 10th at the AMC Kips Theatre and will feature Barry Levinson’s documentary, Poliwood.

Legendary Academy Award®-winning director Barry Levinson (Rain Man, Wag the Dog), explores the collision between Hollywood and politics. Featuring Hollywood’s A-list and Washington’s power players, the viewer gets a front-row seat with backroom access to the strange bedfellows of the media, celebrities and politicians including Annette Bening, Anne Hathaway, Sting, Susan Sarandon, Spike Lee, Fergie, Zooey Deschanel, Danny Glover, Tim Daly, Ellen Burstyn, Elvis Costello, Angela Bassett, Billy Baldwin, Charlie Daniels, Dana Delany, David Crosby, Hayden Panettiere, Matthew Modine, Alan Cumming, Mos Def, Rachael Leigh Cook, Giancarlo Esposito, Tony Goldwyn, and

WHAT:           The Creative Coalition and The Learning Annex Present Barry Levinson’s Poliwood

WHO:             Academy Award-winning director Barry Levinson

WHEN:           Monday, May 10, 2010

6:45 PM

WHERE:         AMC Kips Bay Theatre

570 2nd Avenue New York, NY 10016

Spotlight Initiative distribution partners include HBO, Maya Entertainment, The Weinstein Company, Oscilloscope, Focus Features, Samuel Goldwyn Films, Paladin, Participant, Baltimore Films, Abramorama, Incognito, and Original Media, among others.

The Creative Coalition ( is the premiere 501(c)(3) nonprofit, nonpartisan social and public advocacy organization of the arts and entertainment community. Founded in 1989 by prominent members of the creative community, The Creative Coalition is dedicated to educating its members on issues of public importance and is headquartered in New York City.

The Spotlight Initiative was launched in 2008 by The Creative Coalition to support independent films with messages that make a positive difference in the world.

The Learning Annex ( has been the premier producer of seminars, lectures, classes, and workshops throughout North America since 1980. Learning Annex courses range in diversity from powerful lectures by such speakers as Donald Trump, Larry King, Jerry Lewis, Sarah Jessica Parker, Henry Kissinger, Tony Robbins, Deepak Chopra, Bishop Desmond Tutu, Barbara Bush, P. Diddy, Sylvia Browne and James Van Praagh to “How To” seminars ranging from writing a business plan, investing in real estate, and succeeding in the music business to social activities like our whitewater rafting trip and wine tastings.

One Day University ( allows adult students to “go back to college” for just one day – but with no homework or exams! They seek out the finest professors from the world’s top schools – Harvard, Yale, Stanford, Brown, and many others. Their professors are the teachers that students on campus urge each other to take classes from…the top 1%. Think of a One Day University lecture as the most fascinating highlights from an entire semester condensed into a riveting 60 minutes!

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Media Contact:

Dennis St. Rose, The Creative Coalition
(212) 512-8570