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  • Monday, February 13, 2017 4:54 PM | Anonymous

    For Immediate Release
    Contact: Los Angeles Press Club Executive Director Diana Ljungaeus
    Email Diana@LApressclub.org or call 310.210.1860

    HOLLYWOOD, CA, February 13, 2017: The Los Angeles Press Club is excited to announce the winner of its 2nd annual Veritas Award for the Best Film Based on or Inspired by Real Events and People. This award is judged by members of the LAPC -- based equally upon fidelity of subject matter and artistic excellence.

    The clear-cut winner for 2016, determined by a membership vote, is 20th Century Fox’s Hidden Figures written by Theodore Melfi and Allison Schroeder, based on the book by Margot Lee Shetterly and directed by Theodore Melfi; starring Octavia Spencer, Taraji P. Henson and Janelle Monae.

    Hidden Figures is the untold story of a team of African-American women mathematicians who served a vital role for NASA during the early days of the struggling U.S. space program. The story highlights the work of the visionary trio who triumphed over both racial and gender bias to launch astronaut John Glenn into orbit and thereby lift the spirits of a nation and inspire generations to dream beyond the heavens.

    It seems fitting our members would choose Hidden Figures for our Vertitas Award. Had it not been for the book and this movie the importance of these women might never have been widely known," said LA Press Club President Robert Kovacik, Anchor/Reporter of NBC4 Southern California.

    WHAT: The Veritas Awards
    WHEN: Wednesday, February 22 at 6 p.m.
    WHERE: Los Angeles Press Club @ The Steve Allen Theater

    WHO: Theodore Melfi and Allison Schroeder along with surprise guests -- check LApressclub.org for updates on participants 
    HOSTS:
    Robert Kovacik, NBC4 SoCal and Justin Chang, L.A. Times film critic. Hosted Bar and finger food.
    COST: Free for LA Press Club Members. $25 for all others. R.S.V.P a must.
    PARKING: Free, enter from Berendo METRO: Red line, Sunset/Vermont

    The Los Angeles Press Club stands as an organization devoted to improving the spirit of journalism and journalists, raising the industry’s standards, strengthening its integrity and improving its reputation all for the benefit of the community at large. Serving the Southland since 1913, it is the only Southern California journalism group that speaks for all journalists working for daily and weekly newspapers, radio & TV, magazines, documentary films and online.

  • Friday, January 27, 2017 1:35 PM | Anonymous

    Los Angeles Press Club Announces the Nominees for its Veritas Movie Award

    HOLLYWOD, CA: The board of the Los Angeles Press Club has officially selected the nominees for the Club’s 2017 Veritas Award. The award honors movies based on or inspired by true stories and real people.

    The Club’s 500 members will vote for the best movie until February 6.

    The winner will be announced shortly thereafter.

    The Veritas Award Ceremony and red carpet event is February 22, three days ahead of the Oscars.

    The nominated movies are, in alphabetical order:

    • The Birth of a Nation
    • The Founder
    • Hacksaw Bridge
    • Hidden Figures
    • Jackie
    • Lion
    • Loving
    • Queen of Katwe
    • Snowden
    • Sully

    More on the Veritas Award:

    The Veritas Award, which debuted in February 2016, rewards filmmakers who are journalists at heart, those who look to change the world through probing, investigative, thoughtful movies. Last year's inaugural winner, Spotlight, had all the elements the club was looking for, a gripping account of how investigative reporters at the Boston Globe uncovered a priest sex-abuse scandal. We weren't alone in loving the film: It won the Oscar for Best Picture four days after the Press Club gave out its award.

    The Press Club's Veritas ceremony, with red carpet arrivals and Champagne bottles popping, featured a panel discussion with three of the real Boston Globe reporters and editors, Ben Bradlee Jr., Sacha Pfeiffer and Michael Rezendes, as well as screenwriter Josh Singer, who won his own Oscar for co-penning the script.

    Given the list of nominees, the 2017 Veritas Award winner will be another extraordinary film. And who knows, chances are the Press Club’s selection will once again predict the Academy winner for best film.

  • Friday, November 11, 2016 7:50 PM | Anonymous

    It was a story waiting to be told and the Los Angeles Press Club jumped on it. For years, Hollywood has used bio pics and other based-on-a-true-story films to tell tales of extraordinary lives and events. Yet, there wasn't an award specifically recognizing that work, until now.

    The Press Club's Veritas Award, which debuted in February, rewards filmmakers who are journalists at heart, those who look to change the world through probing, investigative, thoughtful movies. The Press Club's more than 450 members vote on the best film, from a list compiled by the club's board.

    This year's inaugural winner, Spotlight, had all the elements the club was looking for, a gripping account of how investigative reporters at the Boston Globe uncovered a priest sex-abuse scandal. We weren't alone in loving the film: It won the Oscar for Best Picture four days after the Press Club gave out its award.

    The Press Club's Veritas ceremony, with red carpet arrivals and Champagne bottles popping, featured a panel discussion with three of the real Boston Globe reporters and editors, Ben Bradlee Jr., Sacha Pfeiffer and Michael Rezendes, as well as screenwriter Josh Singer, who won his own Oscar for penning the script. Their lively discussion about how they got the story, how they got the movie made and the state of investigative journalist today is archived on the Press Club's website.

    With films including Jackie, Birth of a Nation, Deepwater Horizon, Sully, Hacksaw Ridge and The Founder in theaters or about to be released, the 2017 Veritas Award will likely be another extraordinary film and another successful Press Club event.

    The ten nominated films will be announced the first week in January with voting to close in the beginning of February. The Winner will be announced February 9 and the ceremony held on Wednesday, February 22, four days before the Academy Awards.

    Will the Press Club’s selection once again predict the Academy winner for best film?

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