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Sunday, August 31, 2008

Minneapolis Recording Artist The Alarmists Join Impact Film Festival/MySpace Impact, Rock The Vote and Digg Party Saluting the Screen Actors Guild and Festival Filmmakers

Minneapolis Recording Artist The Alarmists Join Impact Film Festival/MySpace Impact, Rock The Vote and Digg Party Saluting the Screen Actors Guild and Festival Filmmakers

MINNEAPOLIS, Aug. 31 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Impact Film Festival announced today that Twin Cities natives The Alarmists will perform at the Republican National Convention this weekend as part of the Impact Film Festival/My Space Impact, Rock the Vote, Digg Late Night Party Saluting the Screen Actors Guild.

"We are thrilled to have The Alarmists join us at this historic event," said Festival Co-Founder Kimball Stroud. "We felt strongly about finding local artists to join us for our celebration here in Minneapolis/St. Paul."

"Rock the Vote is proud to be co-hosting tonight's event in Minneapolis for the Republican Convention," said Heather Smith, Rock the Vote Executive Director. "In a year when young voters are turning out in record numbers, Rock the Vote is in town this week to make sure political leaders see how young voters are playing a powerful role in this year's election. Tonight's event, which brings together politics, music, and young people, is what Rock the Vote is all about." Already in 2008, more than 1.2 million people have used Rock the Vote's online tool to register to vote; by November, Rock the Vote will register more than 2 million 18-29 year olds, and mobilize youth to the polls in record numbers.

WHAT: Late Night Party Featuring The Alarmists and So It Goes

WHERE: Fine Line Music Cafe - 318 1st Avenue, N

WHEN: Sunday August 31st, 10:00pm - 2:00am

IN ATTENDANCE: Stuart Townsend, Director of the Impact Film Festival's Opening Film will be on hand to welcome attendees. In addition to The Alarmists, other local artists are expected to perform.

The Alarmists are performing as part of the Impact Film Festival at the Landmark Center. The Festival comes to the Twin Cities after a successful run at the Democratic National Convention in Denver last week. The Impact Film Festival is screening topical films followed by discussions with both filmmakers and policy makers. Discussions will include the national debt, fair trade, hurricane Katrina, stem-cell research and global water politics. Films screening include ACCIDENTAL ADVOCATE, BATTLE IN SEATTLE, THE BLACK LIST, BOOGIE MAN: THE LEE ATWATER STORY; FLOW; I.O.U.S.A; TROUBLE THE WATER and 14 WOMEN.

The Festival was programmed by top festival programmers and industry visionaries including programmers from Toronto, Sundance, Tribeca, Los Angeles Film Festival, Full Frame and IFP among others. Key acquisition executives from POV, Netflix/Red Envelope and HBO also participated on the programming committee.

The Impact Film Festival is a program of The Impact Film Fund, a 501 (c) 3 not-for-profit organization founded in 2008 by Jody Arlington, Jamie Shor and Kimball Stroud, three veterans of the Washington political and film arena. Our mission is to celebrate and elevate the diversity and power of documentary and narrative storytelling to engage nuanced conversation about the issues of the day and increase cinema's impact. For more information and Festival updates please visit our website at

Rock the Vote's mission is to engage and build the political power of young people in order to achieve progressive change in our country. Rock the Vote uses music, popular culture and new technologies to engage and incite young people to register and vote in every election. And we give young people the tools to identify, learn about, and take action on the issues that affect their lives, and leverage their power in the political process. Rock the Vote is creative, effective, and controlled by nobody's agenda but our own - we tell it like it is and pride ourselves on being a trusted source for information on politics. We empower the 44 million young people in America who want to step up, claim their voice in the political process, and change the way politics is done.

Source: The Impact Film Festival

CONTACT: Jamie Shor for The Impact Film Festival, +1-301-437-1533,

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