Center for American Progress

Special Screening: What Do You Get When You Cross a Whale with a Dolphin?
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Special Screening: What Do You Get When You Cross a Whale with a Dolphin?

Introducing: Wholphin
March 14, 2007, 7:00pm9:00pm

Light refreshments will be served.

The screening will start at 7:00 pm sharp.
RSVP Required. First come, first served.
Press RSVP to [email protected]

Please let us know in advance if you have accessibility-related needs so that we can be sure to accommodate you.

Featured Panelist:
Brent Hoff, Executive Producer, Wholphin

Introduction By:
Anna Soellner, Director of Outreach and Special Events, Center for American Progress

Moderated By:
Sean Gibbons, Director of Media Strategy, Center for American Progress

Wholphin does for short films what McSweeney’s has done for short stories, namely, let the general public see what delightfully guilty pleasures can be derived from something with a limited scope (at least in the temporal sense)…” -Cinemad

Founded by Executive Producer Brent Hoff and novelist Dave Eggers as a new offering from McSweeney’s, Wholphin debuted in an audio visual edition of The Believer magazine. Wholphin is now a quarterly DVD magazine featuring short films, documentaries, animation, and instructional videos that have not, for whatever reason, found wide release. Recent issues of Wholphin have included films by Spike Jonze, David O. Russell, Miranda July, Miguel Arteta, Errol Morris, and Steven Soderbergh, and performances from John C. Reilly, Selma Blair, Patton Oswalt, Andy Richter, a monkey-faced eel, and many others.

McSweeney’s began in 1998 as a literary journal, edited by Dave Eggers, that published only works rejected by other magazines. Today, McSweeney’s has grown to be one of the country’s best-read and widely-circulated literary journals, a book publisher of over thirty-five titles, including Nick Hornby’s Songbook, What is the What by Dave Eggers, and William T. Vollmann’s 3,300-page treatise on violence, Rising Up and Rising Down and the publisher of The Believer literary magazine and Wholphin. Please join us for a screening of select Wholphin films and a discussion with Wholphin founder and Executive Producer Brent Hoff.


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Brent Hoff is the Editor and Executive Producer of Wholphin. The author of Mapping Epidemics a book on pandemic disease, he previously has worked at The Daily Show, VH1 and Nickolodeon. He is the director of several recent films featuring drunk bees, a crying competition and the world’s first known cross-border volley match.

Anna Soellner is the director of outreach and special events for the Center for American Progress. Anna joined American Progress after serving at the Hong Kong office of the public affairs firm Golin/Harris Forrest. There she provided strategic counsel for a diverse group of private and public sector clients including the Hong Kong S.A.R. government, Jardine Matheson and Giorgio Armani. She also served in the office of Martin Lee, chairman of the Hong Kong Democratic Party, where she was a Henry Luce Foundation Scholar. In that capacity, Anna served as foreign media liaison and assisted in developing party relations with foreign governments and NGOs to promote democracy and rule of law in Hong Kong. Before leaving for Hong Kong, Anna served in the Office of Legislative Affairs and Public Liaison at the U.S. Treasury Department in the Clinton administration. She has also worked for the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee. She has a bachelor’s degree with high honors from Smith College.

Sean Gibbons is the Director of Media Strategy at the Center for American Progress. Prior to joining American Progress, Sean spent eight years with CNN, where he covered the events of 9/11, Hurricane Ivan and the Capitol Hill shootings, among other stories. He was most recently the Washington producer for Anderson Cooper 360, Newsnight, Paula Zahn Now and CNN International programming, working with CNN’s Washington correspondents and producers at the White House, Capitol Hill, Pentagon, Justice and State Departments. Before that, Sean was Wolf Blitzer’s producer for The News with Wolf Blitzer program and the Washington producer for American Morning at that show’s inception. From 1997 to 2000, he covered economic news as the Washington producer for Moneyline with Lou Dobbs and CNN Financial News. Prior to joining CNN, Sean worked at ABC News on programs including World News Tonight with Peter Jennings, Nightline, Good Morning America, Primetime Live and This Week with David Brinkley. He is a graduate of Colby College in Waterville, Maine.