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Venable attorney Sig Libowitz has been invited to participate on a pre-kickoff panel for the inaugural "Politics on Film" festival. Fellow panelists include Dan Glickman, chair of the Motion Picture Association of America; Ann Hornaday, the chief film critic of the Washington Post; and Hillary Rosen, political reporter for CNN. The panel, titled "What Makes a Movie Political," will take place this Wednesday, April 29, 2009 from 7:00 - 8:30 pm (at 101 Constitution Avenue NW, 9th Floor) and is free and open to the public.

Mr. Libowitz's movie "THE RESPONSE," was chosen as a Spotlight Screening during the festival. The April 29th panel will also feature clips of the movie, which was executive-produced by Venable.

"The Politics on Film" festival will be held in Washington, DC, from Thursday, May 7 - Sunday, May 10, 2009. "THE RESPONSE" will screen on Friday, May 8th at the Landmark E-Street Cinema. The festival was created as an alliance between the Bipartisan Policy Center (led by former Senators George Mitchell, Bob Dole, Tom Daschle and Howard Baker) and the Washington Political Film Foundation. The Bipartisan Policy Center's mission is to "develop & promote solutions that can attract the public support and political momentum to achieve real progress."

"THE RESPONSE" has now been accepted into a total of seven Academy Award qualifying festivals. Out of the nearly 7,000 film festivals around the world, the Academy acknowledges less than 70 as official qualifying festivals for the Oscars.