FOX SEARCHLIGHT PICTURES

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

FOX SEARCHLIGHT PICTURES ANNOUNCES IN-THEATRE VOTER REGISTRATION INITIATIVE

FOR THE RELEASE OF ‘THE BIRTH OF A NATION’  

LOS ANGELES, CA, September 26, 2016To support National Voter Registration Day on Tuesday, September 27, 2016, Fox Searchlight Pictures will be launching a Nationwide Voter Registration initiative to encourage Americans to register to vote. Fox Searchlight has aligned with theater chains and voting partners, who will hold voter enrollment in theatre lobbies on National Voter Registration Day prior to special promotional screenings of ‘The Birth of a Nation.’ The initiative will continue opening weekend of ‘The Birth of a Nation’ -- October 7th-9th, 2016. 

The acting talent from ‘The Birth of a Nation’—Nate Parker, Colman Domingo, Aunjanue Ellis, Aja Naomi King and Gabrielle Union—have recorded the following PSA to raise awareness about exercising the right to vote which will be shown prior to the promotional screenings on September 27th:

https://youtu.be/4iI_BbMS_gg

Fox Searchlight has teamed up with voting organizations who have worked to staff the local theatres in each city: The League of Women Voters; Delta Rho Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha, Inc.; National Coalition of Black Civic Participation and its Ohio Unity Coalition and North Carolina Black Youth Vote Network; NYC Votes; and National Voter Registration Day.  The program includes the following participating theatre chains and independent theatres nationwide: Bow Tie Cinemas; Emagine Entertainment; Malco Theatres; Marcus Theatres; Wehrenberg Theatres; Amstar Cinemas; Movie Taverns; The Grand Theatres; Bryn Mawr Film Institute, Bryn Mawr, PA; Glenwood Arts Theatre, Overland Park, KS; Little Theatre, Rochester, NY; Midtown Cinema, Harrisburg, PA; Tower City Cinemas, Cleveland, OH; Cedar Lee Theatre, Cleveland Heights, OH; Cinema Arts Theatre, Fairfax, VA; Michigan Theater, Ann Arbor, MI; The Neon, Dayton, OH.

The objective for the initiative is to encourage everyone to be a part of U.S. history by highlighting everyone's right to vote, encouraging registration and underscoring that their voices and opinions matter.  Currently 20% of all people who can legally vote in this country are stopped by technical roadblocks when they try to register.  This presidential election will be especially challenging, as many current laws lack the protection of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.  The act was passed to overcome many legal barriers that individuals faced when exercising their right to vote but section 4 was ruled unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2013. 

Set against the antebellum South and based on a true story, ‘The Birth of a Nation’ follows Nat Turner (Nate Parker), a literate slave and preacher whose financially strained owner Samuel Turner (Armie Hammer) accepts an offer to use Nat’s preaching to subdue unruly slaves. As he witnesses countless atrocities - against himself, his wife Cherry (Aja Naomi King), and fellow slaves - Nat orchestrates an uprising in the hopes of leading his people to freedom.

‘The Birth of a Nation’ also stars Mark Boone Jr., Dwight Henry, Esther Scott, Roger Guenveur Smith with Penelope Ann Miller and Jackie Earle Haley, and is produced by Nate Parker, Kevin Turen, Jason Michael Berman, Aaron L. Gilbert, and Preston L. Holmes.

  

Fox Searchlight Pictures is a specialty film company that both finances and acquires motion pictures. It has its own marketing and distribution operations, and its films are distributed internationally by Twentieth Century Fox. Fox Searchlight Pictures is a unit of 21st Century Fox.

Voting open through Sept. 1

(SCHAUMBURG, Illinois) August 20, 2015—Time is running out to cast your vote for America’s Favorite Veterinarian at AVMF.org/AFV. The American Veterinary Medical Foundation’s (AVMF) nationwide contest honors outstanding veterinarians for their essential role in preserving and protecting the health and well-being of animals.

This year’s 20 finalists include veterinarians practicing in all areas of veterinary medicine. They range from traditional practices to mobile clinics, rescue programs, holistic medicine and public health.

“I challenge anyone to read the incredible stories of the 20 finalists and not come away moved and impressed with all the fascinating things that veterinarians do,” said Dr. Ginger Brainard, psychologist, pet owner, and committee chair of the AVMF’s America's Favorite Veterinarian contest. 

The finalists were nominated by their clients, partners and co-workers who submitted a brief essay explaining why their veterinarian deserves recognition. Now it is up to the general public to determine who will earn the title of America’s Favorite Veterinarian for 2015-2016.

“It was clear from reading the entries that each of these nominees have positively impacted the lives of their clients and community,” said Dr. John Brooks, chair of the AVMF board. “Inspired by their compassion and extraordinary lengths taken to improve the health and welfare of animals and people, the AVMF established the Veterinary Care Charitable Fund (VCCF) so that the charitable work of these extraordinary veterinarians can continue and expand.”

The VCCF is a unique partnership between the animal-loving public and members of the veterinary profession. Existing clients can make tax-deductible donations that can be used to help families and individuals during a time of crisis. It is a way for the donated funds to support people in the community and know that their donations stay local. Among those helped by this fund include:

  • Active and retired service dogs
  • Low-income senior citizens with pets
  • Injured domestic animals rescued by Good Samaritans and first responders
  • Animals rescued from abuse and neglect
  • Veterinary clients experiencing a crisis 

“We hope voters will take a minute to contribute to their favorite veterinarian’s VCCF or if they do not have a VCCF, they can contribute to AVMF’s The Greatest Needs Fund,” said Dr. Brooks. “This helps veterinarians use their skills to provide vital care to more sick and injured animals.”

The winner of America’s Favorite Veterinarian will be announced in late September on AVMF.org/AFV. America’s Favorite Veterinarian will receive a $500 cash prize, a trip to the 2016 AVMA Convention in San Antonio, a year-long feature on the AVMF website, and a community celebration at their clinic to recognize the accomplishments of the veterinarian and his or her staff. Additionally, the nominator of the winning veterinarian will receive an animal lover’s gift pack.

 For more information on America’s Favorite Veterinarian and the AVMF, visit AVMF.org/AFV.

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The American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF) is the charitable arm of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA).  For over 50 years the AVMF has been dedicated to embracing and advancing the well-being and medical care of animals. Charitable contributions and support to the Foundation help veterinarians care for animals.  Initiatives include: Humane Outreach-Animal Welfare, Education and Public Awareness, Animal Health Research Support, Student Enhancement and Support.

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