Politics and the Silver Screen pay homage to African-American culture and the birth of The Blues

The Creative Coalition, U.S. Congress and the Benjamin Banneker Memorial Fund join to celebrate the DVD release of Honeydripper

Washington, DC (June 18, 2008) – The Creative Coalition will partner with Member of Congress – including U.S. Senators Hillary Rodham Clinton, Harry Reid and Mary Landrieu – the Benjamin Banneker Memorial Fund will honor John Sayles, the iconic filmmaker and Oscar-nominated screenwriter, and Emmy award-winning producer Charles S. Dutton for their achievements, including an homage to African-American history with the recent DVD release of the filmHoneydripper.

WHO: Congressional Host Committee, U.S. Senators Hillary Rodham Clinton, Harry Reid, Thad Cochran, Byron L. Dorgan, Daniel Inouye Tim Johnson, Amy Klobuchar, Mary Landrieu, Patrick Leahy, Barbara Mikulski, Mark Pryor, Ron Wyden, Joseph Lieberman, and U.S. Representatives Mary Bono Mack, Robert Brady, Henry Cuellar, Danny Davis, Diana DeGette, Phil English, Jane Harman, Darrell Issa, Jesse Jackson, William Jefferson, Marcy Kaptur, Carolyn Kilpatrick, Steven LaTourette, Jim Langevin, Barbara Lee, Zoe Lofgren, Nita M. Lowey, Carolyn Maloney, David Price, Jon Porter, Linda Sanchez, Loretta Sanchez, Janice Schakowsky, Christopher Shays, Hilda Solis, Stephanie Tubbs Jones, Chris Van Hollen, Adam Schiff, Diane Watson, Joe Wilson and Charles A. Gonzalez.

The Creative Coalition, the premier non-profit, non-partisan social advocacy organization of the entertainment industry.

Benjamin Banneker Memorial Fund, a congressionally authorized, non-profit civic organization dedicated to honoring the first African American of science, Benjamin Banneker.

John Sayles, independent film director and Oscar-nominated screenwriter.

Charles S. Dutton, actor, director and producer.

WHAT: A reception celebrating the motion picture Honeydripper, a 1950s-era story that classically illustrates the birth of African American blues in Alabama.

WHERE: The Park on 14th
920 14th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005

WHEN: Wednesday, June 25, 2008
6:00 PM Press call
6:30PM Arrivals/Event Begins

CONTACT: Martin Matishak, 202-466-1396
Westin Rinehart for The Creative Coalition

*This is not an invitation, all press must be credentialed*

*Interviews are available before and during the benefit*

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