Posted by Larry Gleeson
In case you missed it, NBC Universal and the American Film Institute partnered up for a timely, election-issue based film festival, dubbed MEET THE PRESS FILM FESTIVAL WITH AFI at the Landmark Atlantic Plumbing Cinema in Washington, D.C., on October 8th, 2018.
Meet the Press is the number one most-watched Sunday public affairs show and the longest running program in television history. This was the second year in a row NBC Universal teamed up with AFI marking a dramatic brand expansion beyond the television platform. Last year three of the films were nominated for Academy Awards and two were nominated for Emmy Awards. This year nearly two dozen films (twenty-three in all) from HBO, Netflix, The New York Times and filmmakers from across the country spotlighted key political and socio-economic issues while illuminating their impact on American citizens ahead of next months midterm elections.
This year’s films were moderated by NBC anchors and correspondents Andrea Mitchell, Chuck Todd, Jacob Soboroff, Hallie Jackson, Craig Melvin, Harry Smith, Kasie Hunt and Kristen Welker. Selected films will soon be available for a month-long showcase on the NBC News Digital platforms and apps, including AppleTV, Roku, Amazon Fire as well as Hulu, AOL and Comcast X1.
*Featured photo from left to right: NBC News Chief Foreign Affairs correspondent and political journalist, Andrea Mitchell; Directors, Brett Story, Samantha Knowles and Stefano Da Fre engaging in a panel discussion following the film program, “On the Ballot.” (Photo credit: Larry Gleeson/HollywoodGlee)
(Source: Meet the Press Film Festival with AFI program)