NEW York - August 18 - MoveOn PAC to Host Star-Studded Gala to Launch TV Ads Sparking 10 Weeks of Grassroots Activism to Defeat Bush
-- Ads Feature Work by Matt Damon, Scarlett Johanssen, Rob Reiner, Kevin Bacon, Allison Anders, Al Franken, Among Others
-- Musical Guests: Moby, The Roots, Perry Farrell
MoveOn PAC will host a star-studded, sold out, gala next Tuesday, August 24 called "10 Weeks: Don't Get Mad, Get Even!" to kick-off 10 Weeks of grassroots activism, highlighted by a new TV ad campaign featuring the work of notable American film directors and actors including Matt Damon, Scarlett Johanssen, Kevin Bacon, Woody Harrelson, Al Franken and Rebecca Romijn, Rob Reiner and Richard Linklater.
During each of the next ten weeks, Moveon PAC will announce a new grassroots initiative in its campaign to elect John Kerry. The first activity will be launched with an ad called Register and Vote, written and directed by award-winning hip-hop icon Benny Boom. It will inaugurate Moveon PAC's effort to counter Republican voter suppression efforts like those underway in Florida now.
The 10 Weeks campaign embodies Moveon PAC's continuing effort to combine grassroots activism with celebrity participation in supporting John Kerry's campaign for President.
Entertainment at the event will include musical performances by The Roots, Moby and Perry Farrell, appearances by Al Franken, MoveOn PAC Executive Director Eli Pariser, Kevin Bacon, Richard Linklater and many others. Janeane Garofalo will host.
-- The Mistake, directed by Rob Reiner, featuring the voice of Rob Reiner
-- Tommy, written and directed by Richard Linklater
-- Who Profits? directed by Wildbrain Animation, featuring the voices of Scarlett Johanssen, Kevin Bacon, & Ed Asner
-- The Air We Breathe, written and directed by Bush in 30 seconds winner Charlie Fisher, featuring music by moby
-- Stranded Republicans, written by Larry Kopald and John Buffalo Mailer, starring Rebecca Romijn, directed by Marty Callner
-- Cheney is Not on Our Side, written and directed by & starring Woody Harrelson
-- Register and Vote, written and directed by Benny Boom
-- American Opinions, written and directed by John Sayles featuring the voice of Martin Sheen
-- The Disappeared, written by Darren Aronofsky, directed by Doug Limon, voice over by Matt Damon
-- Love is Love, written by and starring Margaret Cho, directed by Lorene Machado
-- The Pie, written by Al Franken, directed by Allison Anders, starring Illeana Douglas & Ione Skye
-- Jimmy the Cab Driver: Tax Break?, starring Donal Logue as Jimmy the Cab Driver, directed by Jesse Perez
WHAT: Launch Event, Ad Premiere and Celebration of Grassroots Political Action
WHEN: Doors Open for Press at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug.24. Showtime at 8 p.m.
WHERE: Hammerstein Ballroom, 311 West 34th Street, New York, N.Y.
WHO: Actors, directors, musicians, MoveOn members