MakingOf The Creative Coalition and Spotlight Initiative

Toronto, Canada – (September 9, 2009) – The Creative Coalition and MakingOf ( join forces to host a dinner to champion the art and craft of filmmaking. With a host committee including Natalie Portman, Harvey Weinstein, Bob Weinstein, Dan Glickman, Hal Sadoff, Robert Baruc and Bill Clark, film industry insiders will gather at the upcoming Toronto Film Festival (TIFF) to honor Lee Daniels (Producer, Precious) and Alejandro Amenábar (Director, Agora), and other industry champions who make a difference and who feature films at TIFF.

This dinner, co-hosted by MakingOf (a new behind the scenes Web destination whose mission is to champion the art and craft of filmmaking by providing a platform for filmmakers) is part of The Creative Coalition’s Spotlight Initiative that supports filmmakers and films that use the platform of the silver screen to bring attention to themes and messages that effect us all.

Details are as follows:

WHAT:            Dinner to honor leaders in the film

WHO:              Natalie Portman, Co-Founder, MakingOf
Lee Daniels, Producer, Precious, based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire
Alejandro Amenábar, Director, Agora
Harvey Weinstein, Co-Chairman, The Weinstein Company
Bob Weinstein, Co-Chairman, The Weinstein Company
Dan Glickman, Chairman & CEO, MPAA
Hal Sadoff, Head of International & Independent Film, ICM
Bill Clark, President, Anchor Bay Entertainment
Robert Baruc, President, Screen Media Films

WHEN:            Monday, September 14, 2009
6:00 p.m. seated dinner

WHERE:           Spice Room
55 Avenue Road, Hazelton Lanes, Toronto

** This is an invitation-only event. All working press must be credentialed in advance. Contact Chelsea Cummings at 202-683-3106 or for more information.

MakingOf is a behind-the-scenes Web destination, founded by Natalie Portman and Christine Aylward that provides an intimate, fresh look into the process of filmmaking by the insiders themselves. MakingOf’s mission is to champion the art and craft of filmmaking. Since launch MakingOf has begun the process of redefining digital entertainment by moving beyond gossip to showcase premier, insider content that reveals the art, craft, heart and soul of moviemaking.

Founded in 1989 by prominent members of the creative community, The Creative Coalition is the leading 501(c)3 nonprofit, nonpartisan public advocacy organization of the arts and entertainment communities dedicated to education and mobilizing its members on issues of public importance