Read this: D.C. policy wonk Carie Lemack's adventures in Oscar-land
Dan Zak chronicles a D.C. policy wonk's unlikely journey through Oscar swag culture. Carie Lemack, who founded Global Survivors Network after her mother died on 9/11, produced a nominated doc short -- which got the activist a free pass into the celebrity-studded gifting suites of Hollywood:
They sit in a $2,500 chair. They drink coconut water from Thailand and sample body creams from Hungary and accept gold-plated sterling silver jewelry stitched together with tweezers by artisans in Mongolia... Even as their arms drag with swag, the women try to keep it real. "Our mother was killed by terrorists," [Lemack's sister] says to several of the vendors, after they finish their product spiel.
Why so important to go to the Oscars? "It's all messaging," says Lemack. "From what I've learned of my profession, networking is everything."
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| March 1, 2011; 9:00 AM ET
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