Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Alysia Reiner and Sarah Megan Thomas' First Broad Street Pictures Production Equity The Movie Selected for the 2015 Creative Coalition Spotlight Initiative Film

Alysia Reiner and Sarah Megan Thomas at launch of  new film Equity
Broad Street Pictures' new drama, Equity, the first female-driven Wall Street movie, is honored to be selected as a Creative Coalition 2015 Spotlight Initiative Film.

 “It’s exciting to see a notable female-led film being released, especially with only 1.9 percent of recent Hollywood releases being directed by women.  Not only is this the first film that showcases the executive women of Wall Street, it’s also a film that artistically and deftly weaves a thrilling tale set in the financial arena,” said The Creative Coalition CEO Robin Bronk.  “The Creative Coalition is proud to count Equity among other notable films in the 2015 Spotlight Initiative slate.”  

Anna Gunn (Breaking Bad) stars with Alysia Reiner in Equity
"Our goal was to make the best movie we possibly could that totally disrupts the way women are portrayed in film," said Broad Street Co-founder and actress Alysia Reiner. “We are thrilled to be chosen as a Creative Coalition Spotlight Initiative film," adds Broad Street Co-founder/actress Sarah Megan Thomas.

The Creative Coalition's Spotlight Initiative is an integrated partnership that champions the art and craft of independent filmmaking by providing cause-related marketing strategies and issue campaign resources that allow the film’s message to reach beyond the movie screen.  By bringing in influencers from the business, entertainment, arts, and policy arenas to support Spotlight Initiative films, The Creative Coalition is able to promote socially relevant, independent filmmaking.

What is Equity and Broad Street Pictures ?
Alysia Reiner (Orange is the New Black) and James Purefoy (The Following)
on the set of the new film Equity, shot in Philadelphia and NYC
Equity follows a top female investment banker, played by two time Emmy Award-winner Anna Gunn (“Breaking Bad”) who leads a controversial tech IPO in the post financial crisis world where regulations are tight but pressure to bring in “big money” remains high.  Numerous senior Wall Street executives were interviewed in the development of the script, allowing for realistic conflict, drama, and tension never before seen in a Wall Street film.  Equity is directed by Nora Ephron Prize-winning director, Meera Menon, who was named by Glamour Magazine as one of the 35 Women Under 35 Running Hollywood.  The screenplay is penned by Sundance writer Amy Fox (Heights), and the story is told by Sarah Megan Thomas, Alysia Reiner, and Amy Fox. The music is composed by Alexis and Sam.  In addition to Ms. Gunn, key cast in this ensemble drama include British star James Purefoy (“The Following”), Sarah Megan Thomas (Backwards), Alysia Reiner (“Orange Is the New Black”), Samuel Roukin (“Turn”), Carrie Preston (Emmy Award-winner, “The Good Wife”), Lee Tergesen (“Defiance”), James Naughton (The Devil Wears Prada), Craig Bierko (“UnREAL”), and David Alan Basche (“The Exes”).  Equity is expected to be released in Fall 2016.  

Broad Street Pictures, co-founded by Alysia Reiner (“Orange Is the New Black”) and Sarah Megan Thomas (Backwards), aims to create entertaining and thought-provoking movies while employing more women both in front of and behind the camera.  

What is The Creative Coalition and the Spotlight Initiative?

The Creative Coalition  is the premier nonprofit, 501(c)(3) nonpartisan charity of the arts and entertainment community.  Founded in 1989 by prominent members of the creative community, The Creative Coalition is dedicated to educating, mobilizing, and activating its members on issues of public importance.  The Creative Coalition uses the power and platform of the arts and entertainment communities in award-winning public service and advocacy campaigns.  Actor Tim Daly serves as the organization’s president.  The Spotlight Initiative was launched by The Creative Coalition, to support independent films with messages that make a positive difference in the world.

Visit www.TheCreativeCoalition.org for more info.

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