Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Gay Ally Robin Bronk Speaks OUT

Produced by Charlotte Robinson

In this exclusive audio interview Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ talks with Robin Bronk, CEO of The Creative Coalition. The Creative Coalition is the leading national, nonprofit, nonpartisan social and public advocacy organization of the arts and entertainment industry. This is the organization founded in 1989 by prominent figures in the creative community, including actors Alec Baldwin, Ron Silver, Christopher Reeve, Susan Sarandon, Blair Brown and Stephen Collins. The Creative Coalition educates and mobilizes leaders in the arts community on issues of public importance, specifically in the areas of First Amendment rights, arts advocacy and public education.

Over the past few months there’s been a great deal of media coverage about the fact that LGBTQ teens are up to four times more likely to attempt suicide than their heterosexual peers. Sadly numerous LGBTQ teens have taken their own lives after facing bullying incidents. When asked how can we turn this around and reach these kids, Bronk stated, “One of the things that The Creative Coalition does is we’re a real proponent of using the arts to advocate, to educate, to activate and to motivate citizens; whether it’s teens, kids or adults on issues. So one of the things from our toolbox is that we’d certainly advocate and be supportive of any campaign that utilizes the arts and entertainment to promote this very important social welfare issue. I would encourage your listeners to email their favorite television programs. Have the television programs take up storylines about this. Encourage the Ad Council to put their dollars and their airtime behind public campaigns that address this. We know that entertainment can move the needle. And so I would encourage listeners to support campaigns that originate in the entertainment and arts world.”

The Creative Coalition is a strong presence at the Sundance Film Festival that takes place January 20th-30th. They conduct panels, seminars, and two very special events. On Sunday evening, January 23rd, The Creative Coalition and SELF Magazine will gather leaders in film and creative arts to celebrate and honor influential women of the industry at the Tribute to Women Who Make Women Look Good on Film. On Monday January 24th at Sundance The Creative Coalition will present the Spotlight Initiative Awards. Those accepting awards will include the cast and writer/director of Margin Call, an enthralling thriller featuring an all-star ensemble cast set in the high-stakes world of the financial industry. The film was written and directed by J.C. Chandor and stars Kevin Spacey, Paul Bettany, Jeremy Irons, Zachary Quinto, Penn Badgley, Simon Baker, Mary McDonnell, with Demi Moore and Stanley Tucci. Liv Tyler, Ellen Barkin are being honored and Wednesday TCC announced that Oscar winning actor Alan Arkin will receive a 2011 Spotlight Initiative Award. Isabella Rossellini (Animals Distract Me) and Maria Cuomo Cole (Living for 32) also will be accepting awards for their short films. Both shorts and Mr. Arkin’s film (The Convincer) are featured selections in the upcoming Sundance Film Festival.

The Creative Coalition has produced a must-see film about their important work called POLIWOOD directed by Barry Levinson. For the next 30 days a special sale of the acclaimed film which is available on DVD, will benefit several national charity organizations including The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, PSI Youth Aids, The National Education Association’s Read Across America, HELP USA, The Pennsylvania State University, Blue Star Families, The Veterans Healing Initiative, Artists for a New South Africa, The African Medical and Research Foundation, The Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center and Being Alive San Diego.
For More Info: www.thecreativecoalition.org

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