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In the political thriller An Acceptable Loss (out Jan. 18), Tika Sumpter (l) plays a former government official named Libby Lamm who finds herself a target when she contemplates revealing the secrets that led to a decisive but controversial military victory.

New political thriller screens in Montclair

Film produced by New Jersey political leaders

By David Wildstein, January 23 2019 9:41 am

An Acceptable Loss, a new political thriller produced by a group of prominent New Jerseyans will have a special screening on January 30 in Montclair.

The film stars Jamie Lee Curtis and Tika Sumpter as women grappling with their use of power under extreme circumstances.   Curtis plays Rachel Burke, a politician with a reputation for getting what she wants.  Sumpter plays Libby Lamm a former national security advisor.

An Acceptable Loss is currently playing at IFC Theaters in Manhattan.

The screening will include a Q&A with executive producer Candy Straight, a longtime player in New Jersey politics.   The screening begins at 6:45 PM at the Montclair Claridge Cinema.  Register here: https://www.ewnj.org/events/

Gail Gordon, a lawyer and public affairs executive, is co-producer.   New Jersey angels for the film include former State Sen. Diane Allen, political strategist Julie Roginsky, former Commissioner of Community Affairs Lori Grifa, former Corzine deputy chief of staff Michellene Davis, political consultant Larry Weitzner, former Essex County freeholder Louise Palagano, and Barbara Kaufman. Several of these people have teamed up before; Straight and Weitzner were producers of Equity, which earned a screening at Sundance and gathered positive reviews and a theatrical release.

Straight is a veteran Republican fundraiser and activist.  She served on the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority and was the Republican candidate for Essex County Executive in 2002.

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