The former governor of California, 69, took to social media Sunday to refute speculation that he is considering re-entering the political arena.
“I’m deeply flattered by all of the people who have approached me about running for Senate, but my mission right now is to bring sanity to Washington through redistricting reform like we passed here in California,” the actor wrote. “Gerrymandering has completely broken our political system and I believe my best platform to help repair it is from the outside,
“Remote,” directed by Jeff Reichert and Farihah Zaman, made its world premiere at the 2013 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival. The film was produced by Reichert, Zaman and Dan O’Meara.
The film takes its name from the nonprofit Remote Area Medical, which operates pop-up health care clinics. The film was shot over three days in 2012 at the Nascar speedway in Bristol, Tenn., where nearly 2,000 people received free medical, dental, and vision care provided by a team of medical volunteers.
Cinedigm, which will release the film in the spring, said the film “provides viewers with an unobstructed look at what it means to be an American without access to basic healthcare, a valuable perspective at a time when the battle over Obamacare has dominated the news cycle.”
Remote Area Medical
In a list posted on its website, the Academy deemed Matthew McConaughey, Jean Dujardin, Terrence Malick, Jonah Hill, Berenice Bejo, Jessica Chastain, Octavia Spencer and a host of other film luminaries worthy of inclusion in its nearly 6,000-member army.
The Academy has drawn the ire of critics who bemoan its overwhelmingly male, white population. A Los Angeles Times investigation found that of all Academy members, 94 percent are Caucasian and 77 percent are male. A mere 2 percent are black, with Latinos constituting an even smaller portion. Only 14 percent of members are under the age of 50.
Full members of the Academy select and vote on Oscars nominees. The organization was started in 1927 and is now governed by a 43-person board.
Terrence Malick, who somehow wasn’t already a member, received an invitation, as did fellow directors Rodrigo Garcia and Asghar Farhadi.
For actors, Melissa McCarthy’s invitation continues her incredible post-Bridesmaids rise. In addition, actors Jonah Hill, Matthew McConaughey, Andy Serkis, Jessica Chastain, and Octavia Spencer were all invited to be members, among others.
Voting membership in the organization has now held steady at just under 6,000 members since 2003, according to the Academy’s website.
“These film professionals represent some of the most talented, most passionate contributors to our industry,” said Academy President Tom Sherak. “I’m glad to recognize that by calling each of them a fellow Academy member.”
Voting membership in the organization has now held steady at just under 6,000 members since 2003.
The 2012 invitees are:
Simon Baker – “Margin Call,” “L.A. Confidential”
Sean Bean – “Flightplan,” “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring”
Bérénice Bejo – “The Artist,” “Oss 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies”
Tom Berenger – “Inception,” “Platoon”
Demián Bichir – “A Better Life,” “Che”
Jessica Chastain – “The Help,” “The Tree of Life”
In a recent email, Zaman wrote that Remote Area Medical was
about a group of the same name that sets up free pop-up medical clinics, predominantly in poor rural communities in the Us, where people can’t afford or literally have no access to healthcare. They do medical, dental, vision, chest X-rays, mammograms, and a
The power to draw these districts often lies with politicians themselves — a situation, Reichert argues, that robs the average citizen of a vote that actually counts. Reichert does a good job of using graphics to explain what gerrymandering is and how it works. Meanwhile, anecdotal interviews leave one feeling positively ill
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