Skip to comments.Hollywood team comes to Iran
Posted on 02/28/2009 2:00:00 AM PST by allmost
Hollywood figures from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences arrive in Iran to hold filmmaking and movie marketing seminars.
"I can confirm that a group of Academy members ... are currently in Iran" on a "completely private initiative for educational and creative exchange and with no political agenda," Academy communications director Leslie Unger told AFP on Friday.
According to Unger, the top-level Hollywood delegation includes AMPAS president Sid Ganis, American screenwriter and film director Frank Pierson, actress Annette Bening and producer William Horberg.
"The Academy group did receive visas and is currently in Tehran," she confirmed.
The Hollywood team is scheduled to take part in a series of meetings in the Iranian capital of Tehran on Saturday and Sunday.
According to the managing director of Iran's House of Cinema, Mohammad Mehdi Asgharpour, the participants will discuss screenwriting, directing, acting, documentary filmmaking, production, and film marketing and distribution at the meetings.
The AMPAS group will also visit Iran's Cinema Museum and attend a press conference at the House of Cinema on March 7, 2009.
In his first prime time White House news conference after taking office, US President Barack Obama envisioned better days in US relations with Iran.
Obama spoke of his enthusiasm to engage officials in Iran "sitting across the table, face to face". His call has been welcomed by the majority of officials in Tehran who seek lasting change in the US stance toward their country.
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Hollywood without political agenda? LOL! Who are they fooling?
Wouldn't it be a hoot if the Revolutionary Guards take them hostage for "lewd conduct" and "spreading corruption on earth"?
They wouldn’t imprison their propaganda arm. I have sympathy for the Iranian people, hollywood has sympathy for their oppressive regime.
A Look at Iran
Penn Hangs Again With Pal Chavez:
Sean Penn Applauds as Venezuela's Chavez Bashes Bush:
From National Public Radio (NPR):
August 29, 2006
"Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has been visiting countries such as China, Iran and Russia as part of an effort to build a 'strategic alliance' of interests not beholden to the United States. He considers the United States his arch enemy.":
July 29, 2006
"Chavez pledged that his country would 'stay by Iran at any time and under any condition,' state television reported. Ahmadinejad said he saw in Chavez a kindred spirit." "'We do not have any limitation in cooperation,' Ahmadinejad was quoted as saying. 'Iran and Venezuela are next to each other and supporters of each other. Chavez is a source of a progressive and revolutionary current in South America and his stance in restricting imperialism is tangible.'":
Endorsers of the [World Can't Wait] Call to Drive Out the Bush Regime Include:
James Abourezk, Aris Anagnos, Rocky Anderson, Anti-Flag, Edward Asner, Russell Banks, Ed Begley Jr., Harry Belafonte, St. Clair Bourne, Gabriel Byrne, Margaret Cho, Ward Churchill, Paulette Cole, US Rep John Conyers Jr., John Densmore, Jesse Diaz Jr., Michael Eric Dyson, Steve Earle, Niles Eldredge, Daniel Ellsberg, Eve Ensler, Laura Flanders, Jane Fonda, Martin Garbus, Senator Mike Gravel, Andre Gregory, Sam Hamill, Suheir Hammad, Rev. Jesse L. Jackson Jr., Mumia Abu-Jamal, Rickie Lee Jones, Sarah Jones, Brig. Gen. (Ret) Janis Karpinski, Jonathan Kozol, Rabbi Michael Lerner, US Rep. Cynthia McKinney, Robin Meyers, Mark Crispin Miller, Tom Morello, Viggo Mortensen, John Nichols, US Rep. Major Owens, Grace Paley, Harvey Pekar, Sean Penn, Michelle Phillips, Harold Pinter, Michael Ratner, Mark Ruffalo, US Rep. Bobby Rush, Susan Sarandon, Richard Serra, Jeff Sharlet, Rev. Al Sharpton, Cindy Sheehan, Martin Sheen, Nancy Spero, Gloria Steinem, Lynne Stewart, Serj Tankian, Sunsara Taylor, Studs Terkel, Gore Vidal, Kurt Vonnegut, Alice Walker, Naomi Wallace, US Rep. Maxine Waters, Cornel West, Ann Wright, Howard Zinn, and thousands more who have already joined us.
World Can't Wait--Drive Out the Bush Regime is a Maoist-revolutionary movement organized by the Revolutionary Communist Party. Scroll down the list that appears (after clicking link) to find the World Can't Wait organization (rwor.org is the website of the Revolutionary Communist Party):
From David Horowitz's FrontpageMag.com /DiscoverTheNetworks.org:
Profile: World Can't Wait (WCW)
*Revolutionary communist movement that stages protests against the Bush administration
*Organizes college and high-school students
*Founded in June 2005 by Charles Clark Kissinger, a longtime leader of the Revolutionary Communist Party
The RCP calls for the armed overthrow of the U.S. government...
From the website of the Revolutionary Communist Party (revcom.us or rwor.org) :
"Create Public Opinion, Seize Power: We are preparing minds and organizing forces for the time when there is a major crack in the system, whenever it comes and wherever it comes from: an opening that makes it possible to bring the future Revolutionary Army of the Proletariat (R.A.P.) into the field and wage a revolutionary armed struggle that actually has a chance of winning.
And we have said that building our party itself is the most important part of organizing forces for revolution. This is true now, and it is true looking forward to the creation of that future R.A.P. and the waging of that armed struggle.":
Voice of the Revolutionary Communist Party, USA [Maoist]
Revolution interview with ["Peace Mom"] Cindy Sheehan: October 29, 2005:
['Revolution' is the newspaper of the Revolutionary Communist Party]
[Revolution] Interview with Bill Ayers, Revolution #63, October 1, 2006:
"On Progressive Education, Critical Thinking and the Cowardice of Some in Dangerous Times"
"This is a guy who lives in my neighborhood, who's a professor of English..."
I’d have to be demented liberal to accurately guess what they are up to.
playing the devil’s advocate, let’s not forget that antonio mendez (of c.i.a. disguise division fame) used the ploy of a canadian filmmaking crew to exfiltrate American hostages from iran in 1980.
me neither, but one always has to see the glass as half full. ;^)
Not half full, it’s too big.
I think it will be titled, “Nightline 444”,
maybe Penn will play the Ted koppel part for another
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