The Creative Coalition hosted its’ annual Spotlight Initiative Awards Gala Dinner during the 2012 Sundance Film Festival this week in Park City Utah. To bring you an insider’s view, we interviewed Kate Bosworth (Superman Returns/ Black Rock), Ariel Winter (Modern Family/ Excision), AnnaLynne McCord (90210/ Excision), KayCee Stroh (High School Musical), Tim Daly (The Creative Coalition President / Private Practice), Christopher Neil (Director, Goats), and Robin Bronk (The Creative Coalition CEO) on the red carpet in this VIDEO: Sundance 2012 – Kate Bosworth, Tim Daly, Ariel Winter at The Creative Coalition Spotlight Initiative Awards.
This year’s celebration honored two films, The Surrogate (accepted by William H Macy and John Hawkes) and Goats (accepted by Vera Farmiga and Anne O’Shea) that will be on the top of The Creative Coalition’s 2012 Spotlight Initiative Film Series slate. Individual award recipients included actress Kate Bosworth, actor and artist Common, actor and comedian Tracy Morgan, actress AnnaLynne McCord, and filmmaker Stacy Peralta.
Tim Daly, President of The Creative Coalition, reflected on the big picture, “The Spotlight Initiative is basically to celebrate independent film. I see it as a sort of a culmination of really celebrating Sundance and the Sundance Institute because the real work here is done by the labs; the Directors Lab, Producers Lab, Writers Labs, and Theater Labs. Bob Redford and the Sundance organization have nurtured so many artists, and this is a chance to see the fruits of some of their work and to celebrate people who are out there scratching and clawing to tell their stories, and it’s fun.”
As a Spotlight Initiative Awards honoree, Kate Bosworth shared, “I gave this award last year to Ellen Barkin so I feel incredibly honored to be here tonight.” Kate was at Sundance last year for the film Another Happy Day, and this year, she’s in the Sundance 2012 film, Black Rock. She met her boyfriend and red carpet partner, Christopher Polish (Director) on the set of Big Sur (2012), and there are some fun moments of them together in the red carpet video in this story.
We also spoke to three stars from the Sundance 2012 movie, Excision, including AnnaLynne McCord, Ariel Winter and Traci Lords (Cry-Baby.) Traci explained the audience response to their film, “The world premiere was last night at the Egyptian Theater at midnight. The audience seemed to really like it. No one walked out. They were horrified. I think they were thrilled, I think that they were shocked; it was all of the above. It was really great. I play a mother of two teenage daughters…and my family is basically falling apart….You know it’s just a light movie.”
Sharon Lawrence (Middle of Nowhere) also shared pride and insights about her Sundance 2012, “I’m here this year for two reasons. I’m in a film called Middle of Nowhere, and not only is it an important film that’s gotten a great response, but as one of the leadership of Women in Film for the past seven years, I’m really excited that this film is by a female filmmaker, Ava DuVernay, and the voices of diversity within this particular festival are really powerful exciting, and that’s something that The Creative Coalition has always been behind and about. I’ve worked with the coalition for fifteen years now, and our expression of the values in the organization, first amendment rights and arts in the education system is inherently about diversity. And to be part of a film that tells a unique story has been a great pleasure and pride.”
Towards the end of the red carpet, Melissa Leo (Predisposed / Treme), Ron Nyswaner (Director of Predisposed and Writer for Philadelphia), and Tracy Morgan (Predisposed / 30 Rock) arrived. While it was a night to honor Tracy Morgan, he looked tired on the red carpet. Insiders told me that he later accepted his award with grace, and then fainted outside the event when leaving. While many suspected other health issues, it seems that it was a just high altitude problem and Tracy is doing fine now. High altitude does impact many Sundancers, and it’s good to have friends remind you often to hydrate.
Congratulations to all of the recipients of The Creative Coalition Spotlight Initiative Awards. To find out more information about this premier nonprofit, nonpartisan social and political advocacy organization of the entertainment industry, visit http://thecreativecoalition.org. Check out their Spotlight Initiative Film Series, PSAs and dynamic Art & Soul book with celebrity portraits by Pulitzer Prize Photographer Brian Smith and hand-written artist essays.
© Liz H Kelly @LizHKelly, National Digital Entertainment Columnist, Sunrise Road Media, http://sunriseroadmedia.com