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The Help: The Power of Film to Create Social Change Panel Discussion Tonight

By: Josh Abraham HollywoodNews.com: There is a vibrant tradition in American cinema of films that tackle compelling social issues. Seminal films, including “To Kill a Mockingbird,” “In the Heat of the Night,” “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” and “Norma Rae” remind everyone that the smallest acts of courage can inspire social change. This tradition continues with the recent film “The Help,” which examines the relationships between black maids and their white employers in 1960s Mississippi. The film reminds audiences that popular culture has the power to affect change and illuminate the plight of those without a voice. EVENT: “The Power of Film to Create Social Change” Panel Discussion Tuesday, February 7, 2012 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM LOCATION: Landmark Theatre 10850 West Pico Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90064 HOST: USC School of Cinematic Arts PANELISTS: • Reverend James Lawson – Pastor Emeritus Holman United Methodist Church, Legendary Civil Rights activist • Rabbi Allen I. Freehling – Rabbi Emeritus, University Synagogue. Former Exec. Director Human Relations Commission, City of Los Angeles, and longtime social justice advocate • Ai-jen Poo – Director, Co-Founder, National Domestic Workers Alliance • Michael Taylor, Producer, Chair of Film and Television Production, USC · Octavia Spencer (Actress, “The Help”) • Tate Taylor (Writer/Director, “The Help”) MODERATOR: Cari Beauchamp. Beauchamp is the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Film Scholar, and award-winning author of “Without Lying Down: Frances Marion and The Powerful Women of Early Hollywood.” http://www.hollywoodnews.com/2012/02/04/the-help-the-power-of-film-to-create-social-change/