Clients in the News–September 2018
Here’s what some of Avalon’s clients are up to this fall season:
Wyoming recently announced a legal grizzly bear hunt within the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, so the National Parks Conservation Association is springing into action to try to stop the hunt. Its latest efforts include a video collaboration with actor Jeff Bridges, a Montana resident who is concerned for the survival of the grizzlies. In fact, there are only 23 grizzly bears in the Ecosystem around Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks, where the hunt will take place. To learn more and watch the compelling videos, visit NPCA’s website.
The Hollywood Reporter has a recent piece about film-related podcasts, including an AFI-inspired new podcast, Unspooled. Its hosts, actor-comedian Paul Scheer and film critic Amy Nicholson, are watching every film on AFI’s 100 Greatest American Films list, and then discussing the films and giving their take on why these films are on the list in the first place. Early episodes have highlighted perennial favorites like The Wizard of Oz, Citizen Kane, and Singin’ in the Rain.
Some say that the only thing harder than securing tickets to Hamilton is getting tickets to the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Since its opening two years ago, NMAAHC has welcomed more than 4.3 million people, requiring the Museum to institute a policy of issuing a limited number of free, timed tickets every day. Good news! In September, NMAAHC is experimenting with a new ticketing policy so that more people can tour the incredible Museum: no-pass weekday admission. The Museum opens at 10am, and a recent Washington Post article about Walk-up Weekdays reports that people who arrive after the Museum opens will wait about 15 to 30 minutes on weekdays now—well worth it for one of the most popular museums in Washington!
The National Museum of the American Indian has collaborated with Disney and the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture to present a new exhibition at Epcot Center: Creating Tradition: Innovation and Change in American Indian Art. This groundbreaking exhibition is wonderful proof that scholarship can enhance entertainment and vice versa. NMAI strives to present reams of historical information in an engaging yet educational way, while Disney must sometimes take shortcuts when fitting a full history into a 90-minute movie or theme park exhibition. Creating Tradition is a compelling marriage of the two, highlighting historical and contemporary American Indian art and cultures, with more than 80 objects representing 40 tribal nations from seven geographic regions across North America. Visit the Smithsonian Magazine’s website for more information on how this remarkable exhibition was created and how to visit it.
Another terrific collaboration involving a Smithsonian Museum: Google and the National Air and Space Museum (NASM) have created a Discovery Space Shuttle virtual experience. Commemorating the Shuttle’s first launch 34 years ago, the video—captured with Google’s Halo camera—features astronauts Charles Bolden and Kathryn Sullivan reminiscing about their experience on Discovery as they tour the Shuttle, now housed at the NASM. They were on the flight that deployed the Hubble Telescope, and they tell stories of their voyage, from the mundane (which lockers they used) to the extraordinary (releasing Hubble). You can check out the video here.
With the banner across the bottom of the Fox News screen––“Tucker takes on vegan activist”––you’d think Tucker Carlson’s interview with Farm Sanctuary’s Gene Bauer might have been a combative segment. But it went surprisingly well, with the two agreeing on the reasonable point of view that kindness to animals is worthwhile. Tucker actually uttered the words, “You make a compelling case!” and agreed with much of what Bauer had to say about veganism and regulating factory farming. Visit Farm Sanctuary’s website to see a more compassionate side of Tucker Carlson, and the wisdom of Gene Bauer and his philosophy, embodied by Farm Sanctuary’s work.
The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence recently won a federal court ruling in its ongoing attempt to stop legal 3D gun printing. The fight goes on, as various designers push to publish 3D gun blueprints online, even though these guns present a huge threat to Americans’ safety and security. To read more on this sobering issue and what you can do to help, visit the Brady Campaign’s website.
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