The Creative Coalition kicks off it's activities at the DNC with a screening of "Gospel Hill".
Artists come together to talk about this important movie, thoughtfully advocate on behalf of important issues, and to exercise their responsibilities as US citizens to speak up and participate in the country's political process.
Tom Bower appeared in movies such as Beverly Hills Cop II and Die Hard 2: Die Harder and TV shows including Law & Order.
Ellen Burstyn was the first woman to be elected President of Actor's Equity Association (1982-85), and served as the Artistic Director of the Actors Studio for six years, where she studied with the late Lee Strasberg. She continues to be active there as co-president with Al Pacino and Harvey Keitel. In 2000, Ellen received the Career Achievement Award from the Boston Film Festival. She was given the Career Achievement Award from the prestigious National Board of Review in early 2001, and was most recently honored with the Career Achievement in Acting Award from the 2006 Hamptons Film Festival.
Academically, Ellen holds three honorary doctorates, one in Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts, a Doctor of Humane Letters from Dowling College, and a doctorate from The New School for Social Research. Ellen also teaches in The Actors Studio M.F.A. program at its new home at Pace University in New York City and lectures throughout the country on a wide range of topics.
Giancarlo Esposito is an American film and television actor.
Born in Denmark to an Italian father and an African-American mother, Esposito lived in Europe, New York, and Cleveland until the family settled in Manhattan when he was six. At the age of ten he made his Broadway debut in the short-lived Maggie Flynn. Additional New York theatre credits include The Me Nobody Knows, Lost in the Stars, Seesaw, and Merrily We Roll Along.
Danny Glover is one of Hollywood's most renowned and respected leading men. An actor, producer and director, this versatile superstar has impacted stage, screen, and television for over adecade. Glover is the recipient of several prestigious honors for his impressive body of work. They include two NAACP Image Awards, 3 Cable ACE Awards, the Independent Feature Project/West's Best Actor Award,the Phoenix Award from the Black American Cinema Society and induction into the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame. Glover also received an Emmy nomination as Best Supporting Actor for his performance in the mini-series "Lonesome Dove" and Turner Network Television's "Freedom Song". Off-screen, he is a powerful advocate for literacy and has spoken to grammar and high school students around the nation about the joys of reading and education. He was also appointed the first Goodwill Ambassador to the United Nations Development Programme, and received the first annual William Kunstler Racial Justice Award for his work on a variety of social issues. He also received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Amnesty International and an Essence Award. In addition to his individual presentations focusing on the arts and community involvement, Glover regularly teams with long-time friend and actor Felix Justice in "An Evening with Langston and Martin".
Goldwyn's best remembered role is most likely that of Carl, friend of Patrick Swayze's character Sam Wheat in Ghost. He is also well-known for his turn on the comedy series, Designing Women in which he played a young interior designer named Kendall Dobbs who was HIV positive, and asked the women of Sugarbakers to design his funeral. In the HBO miniseries From the Earth to the Moon, Goldwyn played astronaut Neil Armstrong, commander of Apollo 11. He also provided the voice of the title character from 1999 animated feature film, Tarzan, produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation. He reprised the role in the video games "Tarzan Untamed" and "Kingdom Hearts."
Also a stage actor, Goldwyn has appeared twice in Off-Broadway shows at Second Stage Theatre and on Broadway at Circle in The Square Theatre. At Second Stage he appeared in Theresa Rebeck's Spike Heels (1992) alongside Kevin Bacon and Julie White. Most recently, in the summer of 2006 at Second Stage Theatre he starred opposite Kate Burton in another Rebeck play, The Water's Edge. He recently appeared in the episodes "Brother's Keeper" and "Endgame" on Law & Order: Criminal Intent, playing Det. Robert Goren's estranged older brother, Frank.
Ralph Green didnâ€™t give up after he lost a leg following a random street shooting. He learned how to ski and heâ€™s learning how to win. Coaches say heâ€™s fearless and a hard worker. Heâ€™s making up for a lot of lost time. He is the first African-American man to make the U.S. Disabled Alpine Team. Ralph is a featured actor in the movie Gospel Hill.