Spotlight Initiative Gala to Light Up Park City

Park City, UT (December 17, 2015) – Today, The Creative Coalition announces the first of this year’s honorees headlining the 2016 Spotlight Initiative Awards Gala Dinner to be held at the Kia Supper Suite by The Church Key during the upcoming Film Festival in Park City, Utah.  This year’s Spotlight Initiative Award film recipients include Equity and Yoga Hosers, with other recipients TBA.

Equity, starring Anna Gunn, James Purefoy, Alysia Reiner, and Sarah Megan Thomas, is the first female-driven Wall Street movie, making its world premiere in competition at the Film Festival. Yoga Hosers, starring Lily-Rose Depp and Harley Quinn Smith with their famous fathers Johnny Depp and Kevin Smith, premieres in the Midnight section of this year’s Film Festival.

Details of the event are as follows:
Saturday evening, January 23, 2016
Kia Supper Suite by The Church Key (Cisero’s, 306 Main Street)
8:00 P.M. – Red Carpet/Photo Ops/VIP Cocktails and Hors d’Oeuvres
8:30 P.M. – Dinner and Awards

“We are honored to be a Spotlight Initiative Honoree.  Equity shatters the norms of the ‘usual’ story with the ‘usual’ suspects, and we think that embodies the tenets of this Award – we made a movie that makes a difference,” said Equity actress Alysia Reiner.  Equity’s Sarah Megan Thomas added, “It makes us proud to receive a Spotlight Initiative Award as, early on, The Creative Coalition was incredibly supportive of – and excited about – the making of Equity.”

Established in 2007, The Creative Coalition Spotlight Initiative Awards Gala brings together the most significant in the entertainment industry to celebrate the art and craft of independent film.  “Indie Film is the jewel in the crown of creative filmmaking.  The Creative Coalition’s Spotlight Initiative Award was created to beam a light on this artistry and those who create it,” said CEO of The Creative Coalition Robin Bronk.

The event will be a private gala awards dinner hosted at the Kia Supper Suite by The Church Key, a pop-up takeover of Cisero’s Ristorante on Main Street.  Kia Sorento, Maestro Dobel® Tequila, and Johndrow Vineyards will be supporting sponsors of the annual gala event with the menu and kitchen helmed by Chef Steven Fretz of L.A.’s popular restaurant, The Church Key.


The Creative Coalition ( is the premier nonprofit, nonpartisan 501 (c)(3) 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, mobilizing, and activating its members on issues of public importance.  Actor Tim Daly serves as the organization’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.  Recent recipients include Dustin Hoffman, Kathy Bates, Eddie Izzard, and Josh Lucas for Boychoir; William H. Macy and John Hawkes for The Sessions; Kevin Spacey, Demi Moore, Paul Bettany, Jeremy Irons, Zachary Quinto, Penn Badgley, Simon Baker, and Stanley Tucci for Margin Call; Vera Farmiga for Goats; Maggie Gyllenhaal for Hysteria; and directors Quentin Tarantino, Taylor Hackford, George Hickenlooper, Lee Daniels, Roland Emmerich, and Barry Levinson.  Other Spotlight Award winners include Melissa Leo, Elijah Wood, Anna Kendrick, Ellen Barkin, Alan Arkin, Tracy Morgan, Kate Bosworth, Jane Lynch, Shailene Woodley, Alfred Molina, Cheryl Hines, Josh Gad, Jonathan Pryce, and Emile Hirsch, among others.

The “Supper Suite” brand and event platform is a pop-up culinary and hospitality haven owned by Los Angeles based special events company, A-List Communications (, and programmed at leading film festivals and Hollywood award shows each year.  For its 2016 kick-off in Park City, Kia Motors America ( renews as Title Sponsor and will feature its Sorento crossover utility vehicle, while Chef Steven Fretz of The Church Key restaurant in Los Angeles takes over as the culinary partner for this pop-up occurring over the first four days during the popular Film Festival.  Other supporting partners include Maestro Dobel® Tequila, and Johndrow Vineyards.

For Immediate Release:
Media Contact:
Madeline Kelley