The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) defends the fundamental rights outlined in the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights. These include the right to freedom of speech and assembly, the right to religious freedom, due process of law, equality before the law, and the right to privacy. The ACLU of Southern California affiliate has led the charge in some of the most critical events in our nation’s history including advocating for the thousands of interned innocent Japanese Americans during World War II, an unflinching support of Americans' First Amendment rights during the McCarthy era, staunch opposition to the Vietnam War, encouraging Nixon's impeachment, and establishing the concept of an Economic Bill of Rights. We continue to advocate for no less than a nation that lives up to its promise of liberty and justice for all. Stand for justice.
The critically-acclaimed Showtime drama series Billions follows hard-charging U.S. Attorney Chuck Rhoades (Oscar® nominee and Emmy® and Golden Globe® winner Paul Giamatti) as he squares off against billionaire hedge fund king Bobby "Axe" Axelrod (Emmy and Golden Globe winner Damian Lewis), scorching the earth in a costly war for personal domination. It's law versus money, with power, sex, and the soul of New York in the balance. Maggie Siff stars as Wendy Rhoades, Chuck's wife and the top performance coach in the hedge fund world. Malin Akerman plays Lara Axelrod, Axe's street-smart wife. Toby Leonard Moore, David Costabile, Condola Rashad and Asia Kate Dillon also star. Billions is created, written and executive produced by showrunners Brian Koppelman and David Levien. The series is also created by Andrew Ross Sorkin. Billions averaged 5 million total viewers across platforms in its sophomore season. The highly-anticipated third season of Billions will debut on Showtime in 2018.
When disgraced Harvard philosophy scholar Jack Griffin (Glenn Howerton) loses out on his dream job, he is forced to return to Toledo, Ohio, and work as a high school Advanced Placement Biology teacher. As he comes crashing into Whitlock High School, Jack makes it absolutely clear he will not be teaching any biology. Realizing he has a room full of honor roll students at his disposal, Jack decides instead to use the kids for his own benefit. Eager to prove that he is still king of the castle, Principal Durbin (Patton Oswalt) struggles to control the force of nature that is Jack Griffin. Mary Sohn, Lyric Lewis, Jean Villepique, Jacob McCarthy and Tom Bennett also star. "A.P. Bio" is written and executive produced by Mike O'Brien. Lorne Michaels, Seth Meyers, Andrew Singer and Mike Shoemaker also serve as executive producers.
Counterculture icon Alan Cumming has carved out an acting career that includes such varied roles as Macbeth, a Smurf, a member of the X-Men, and a Russian programmer in a James Bond film. He is a Tony and Olivier award-winning actor and has been nominated for a Golden Globe, Emmy awards, and SAG awards. He currently plays campaign manager Eli Gold on CBS’s The Good Wife. Off camera, Alan is a tireless champion of LGBT rights. He serves on the board of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and works closely with amfAR, The Trevor Project, and the Ali Forney Center. In 2016, he hits the road to perform his new revue Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs with Friends.
Alex Gansa is a television producer and Emmy-winning writer best known as the co-creator and Showrunner of the Showtime series Homeland. As a writer, Alex has contributed to several popular television shows. In the ‘90s he penned episodes of The X-Files, including the fan favorite episode “Fallen Angel” from season one. Alex has also written for the television series Numb3rs, Dawson’s Creek, Entourage, and 24. In 2010 he and Howard Gordon created Homeland, Showtime’s political thriller starring Claire Danes and Mandy Patinkin, for which he won Emmys for Outstanding Drama Series and Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series.
Screenwriter, Producer & Director
Alex Kurtzman is an accomplished television and film screenwriter, producer, and director best known for co-writing the scripts for Transformers, Star Trek, and The Amazing Spider-Man 2. After he made his screenwriting debut with the television show Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Alex continued pursuing his passion for writing and producing films and television series and has since added many notable productions to his filmography, including Fringe, Hawaii Five-0, The Proposal, and Cowboys & Aliens. In 2018, Alex will return as executive producer of Star Trek: Discovery, the show he co-created with Emmy-nominated writer Bryan Fuller.
Alysia Reiner is best known as Natalie “Fig” Figueroa on Netflix’s hit Orange is the New Black. Alysia won a SAG award for her work in the show and you can see her in all 6 binge-worthy seasons and is filming season 7 now. Reiner recently joined the cast of HBO’s The Deuce for season 2 and returned for season 3 of FX’s critically acclaimed Peabody Award winning Better Things. Her motherhood dark-comedic feature Egg, which she produced and stars in with Christina Hendricks and Anna Camp, premiered at TIFF 2018. Additionally, Alysia produced and stared in Equity, bought/distributed by Sony Pictures Classics at Sundance 2016. Alysia loves working as a change maker for women and is passionately committed to protecting the environment.
American Film Institute
Nonprofit arts organization
The American Film Institute is America's promise to preserve the heritage of the motion picture, to honor the artists and their work and to educate the next generation of storytellers. As a nonprofit educational arts organization, AFI provides leadership in film and television and is dedicated to initiatives that engage the past, the present and the future of the moving image arts.
Actor & Comedian
Andy Samberg is an iconic comedian and a Golden Globe Award-winning actor best known for his breakout roles in digital shorts as a cast member for Saturday Night Live from 2005 – 2012, many of which became viral internet phenomenons and launched Andy into superstardom. After he made his debut on the internet with self-produced videos on websites like Youtube and TheLonelyIsland.com, Andy continued pursuing his passion for comedic acting and has since appeared in many notable films and television shows, including Hot Rod, Cuckoo, I Love You, Man, Portlandia, and Tour de Pharmacy. In 2018, Andy can be seen in the next season of the hilarious Fox sitcom Brooklyn Nine-Nine and the upcoming animated comedy film, Hotel Transylvania 3.
Anne Carey is President of Production at Archer Gray. Since joining Archer Gray, Carey has produced several notable films including the upcoming Can You Ever Forgive Me? written by Nicole Holofcener and directed by Marielle Heller; Academy Award-nominated 20th Century Women by Mike Mills; Mr. Holmes by Bill Condon; and Independent Spirit Award-winner The Diary of a Teenage Girl by Marielle Heller. Prior to joining Archer Gray, Carey was Head of Development and a producer at the seminal independent film company, Good Machine. Additionally, in her career as an independent producer, Carey has collaborated with many award-winning filmmakers, including Ang Lee, Tamara Jenkins, Anton Corbijn, and Liz Garbus. Her films have played and premiered at all major domestic and international film festivals. Carey is an adjunct professor at Columbia University’s Graduate Film School and a frequent mentor for the Sundance Institute.
Based on Jeff VanderMeer’s best-selling science-fiction Southern Reach Trilogy book series, Annihilation stars notable actors and actresses like Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson, Tuva Novotny and Oscar Isaac. Written and directed by Alex Garland of “Ex Machina” and “28 Days Later” fame, the film Annihilation will premiere in theatres on February 23, 2018.
A native Minnesotan, Ariel Dumas is an Emmy-nominated comedy writer who has worked on The Colbert Report and is currently a writer for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on CBS.
Atomic Blonde is an action spy thriller film, based on the critically acclaimed graphic novel The Coldest City by Antony Johnston, which follows the story of top-secret spy Lorraine Broughton in 1989 as she works ruthlessly to investigate and take down a savage espionage ring that has just killed an undercover agent for reasons unknown. Atomic Blonde is directed by David Leitch and stars many notable actors and actresses, including Charlize Theron, James McAvoy, John Goodman, Til Schweiger, Eddie Marsan, Sofia Boutella, Toby Jones, Bill Skarsgård, James Faulkner, and Roland Møller. Atomic Blonde premieres on Friday, July 28, 2017.
Long before she played America’s President on Scandal, Bellamy Young was already turning heads in the spotlight. She began her acting career on Broadway in Cy Coleman's The Life and in the revival of Stephen Sondheim's Merrily We Roll Along. Following appearances in films like We Were Soldiers with Mel Gibson and Mission Impossible: III” with Tom Cruise, Bellamy landed the role of Mellie Grant, the politically ambitious President on ABC’s hit drama Scandal. In 2014, Bellamy won the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.
Ben Stiller is one of Hollywood's most successful and acclaimed multihyphenates. Most recently, he produced and directed Showtime’s riveting new limited series, Escape at Dannemora, starring Benicio del Toro, Paul Dano, and Patricia Arquette, debuting on November 18. Escape at Dannemora as well as Stiller's Tropic Thunder, the Zoolander films, and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty were all directed and produced by Stiller under his production banner, Red Hour, which he launched and operates alongside Nicky Weinstock, producing a wide range of film and television projects in collaboration with major studios and networks. As an actor, Stiller has starred in multiple global hit franchises including the Meet the Parents, A Night at the Museum, and Madagascar films; plus box office hits There's Something About Mary, Dodgeball and Wes Anderson’s The Royal Tenenbaums; and given powerful, critically-acclaimed performances in Mike White’s Brad's Status and Noah Baumbach’s The Meyerowitz Stories (new and selected) and Greenberg. In addition to his work onscreen and off, Stiller currently serves as a Goodwill Ambassador for UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and has traveled to Berlin, Jordan and Guatemala to meet with and learn from refugees.