Jessica Alba mingles at Impact Art + Film Fund party in Charlotte Wednesday night. (Emily Clack for Impact Art + Film Fund)

The host was Impact Arts + Film Fund, a D.C. nonprofit launched in 2008 by Stroud and friends Jody Arlington and Jamie Shor, whose stated goal is to promote indie filmmakers with a policy bent — but which is known for throwing some of the slicker Washington-meets-Hollywood parties around.

Kimball Stroud at an earlier Impact convention party in Charlotte, attended by Jeff Bridges and Adrian Grenier. (Emily Clack for Impact Art + Film Fund )

For Stroud, a well-connected event planner/fundraising consultant (she was hired to organize the Democratic Super PACs’ closing night concert party here with Pitbull and Scissor Sisters), drawing celebrity guests — which in turn draws the corporate sponsors who underwrite the parties and screenings — is a skill first mastered in politics, at the DNC during the Clinton years and later for Sen. Barbara Boxer.

“When you work with elected officials, you need to make sure they’re taken care of,” she said: arranging the car service, prompting them on names, getting them fed. For the celebrities — whom Stroud fixes up with convention credentials, White House Correspondents’ dinner tickets and introductions to Beltway power players— it’s “do they have their passes, do they have seats, making sure their needs are handled,” she said. “You have to go over and above and overdeliver.”

Zach Braff on Wednesday night. (Photo by Emily Clack for Impact Art + Film Fund)

But that was at the party the night before. We dropped in on his screening Thursday afternoon — would anyone actually break away from the convention fun for a wonky, cocktail-free documentary screening?

Believe it or not, Reader, the theater was packed. Stroud was not surprised: “We do a lot of outreach,” she said.

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