My Congressman Jim Moran and me outside Ford’s Theatre
“The Conspirator” directed by Robert Redford opens Friday the 15th (the anniversary of Lincoln’s death), but some got a sneak peak at the renovated Ford’s Theatre on Sunday night.Â “Some” meaning members of Congress (both sides, in one place, not arguing, say it isn’t so!), the administration and even our Supreme Court.Â VIPs included, Congressman Jim Moran, Senator Joe Leiberman, Attorney General Eric Holder, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Fred and Marlene Malek, Kathleen and Chris Matthews, Jim Kimsey, Sheila Johnson and Judge William T. Newman, Andrea Mitchell (whom I saw peaking at her BlackBerry even when the lights were dimmed, hey, the news never stops, even for a film screening, we get it), Huff Po’s Howard Fineman, Robert Redford himself, James McAvoy, Robin Wright, the entirecast of the “The Conspirator”, the producers and even the casting director, and many more luminaries.Â Oh, and not to mention the teams of Secret Service and security.
Outside of Ford’s Theatre was its own stage production, as the entire street was blocked off and hundreds of fans screamed, waiting for “any recognizable famous person” to step out of a big black Escalade.Â Photographers, video cameras and journalists lined the red carpet, separated not by hedges so often found in Hollywood, but by long metal gates.Â So D.C.
Inside the theatre, we we were all seated and our necks were slowly recovering from stretching to check out the who’s who and from watching Niche Media’s Jason Binn running everywhere shaking hands (Capitol File magazine hosted the after party at the Newseum and has Mr. Redford as its latest issue’s cover boy) and taking photos for his “Binn Shot”.Â Â The hosts of the screening, which by the way was the first premiere held at Ford’s Theatre in the past almost 20 years, were The American Film Company (who produce historically accurate movies by the use of years of research and working with many historians and they do only American history) and the Ford’s Theatre Society.
Norman Reedus and Glenn Lovrich
When Mr. Redford walked to the podium, the audience cheered wildly. He, as modest a man that he is, said he didn’t like long introductions to films, mentioned a few tidbits, then closed by saying let’s get to the movie.Â Now that’s my kind of speaker.
Jason Binn, Producer Rob Stone and Capitol File Publisher Sarah Schaffer
As this is the anniversary of Lincoln’s death (April 15th), this film is so timely.Â It’s brilliantly acted, it’s an eye-opener, it’s shocking and it’s so carefully historically correct, there are actual original photos that if you laid them on top of stills during the movie, would match perfectly. And on top of that, it was done in about two months, Norman Reedus, who played Lewis Payne, told us during the after party.
Robin Penn who plays Mary Surratt
Even if you are not a history buff, nor a fan of learning about the Civil War, I highly recommend you see “The Conspirator”, because it has much to do about ethics, perseverance and sticking to what is “right”, and even how our country has changed laws to protect citizens.Â In fifth grade, I did a report on the assassination of Lincoln and the image which I could not get rid of, even to this day, was the hanging.Â The four dead bodies. The limpness. The white hoods. And knowing one of them was a woman, stayed with me to this day.Â And now, I know the real reason why Mary Surratt was hanged.
Wendy Adeler Hall, Alexis Bledal (who played Sarah Weston) and Jorge Adeler
And, if you get a chance to visit the new Ford’s Theatre, do so. http://www.conspiratorthemovie.com/
Pamela Lynne Sorensen is the founder of Pamela’s Punch, a platform for profiling people who "make it happen" in the Capital region, reviews & topical blog posts. She launched Punch Enterprises, a connector consulting business in 2015 and Pacific Punch based in LA, in 2012. Pamela comes from an extensive background in sales and business development from a variety of industries, has been involved with charities and fundraising for a number of years and holds several Board and leadership positions. She currently resides in Arlington, VA. Follow her on Twitter at @pamelaspunch.