It's not every day that you hear that a Sarah Jessica Parker movie is going to open a conference -- unless, perhaps, that conference is on shoes and tacky outfits, or some sort of comedy-con. Yet the world premiere of her new film is going to open the upcoming National Conference on Race, Reparation and Reconciliation that is taking place on September 14 in Atlanta. The event was created by Clarence Jones, who used to be an adviser for Martin Luther King, Jr. He told Variety that he saw her new film, Spinning into Butter, two months ago and it had actually been an impetus to organize the conference (along with the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and the firing of Don Imus).

What could be so inspiring about a Parker film? Well, it's not what you'd expect her to be in. The indie film, adapted from a play by Rebecca Gilman, stars the Sex and the City star as a dean at a New England college. When a hate crime happens on campus, she is forced to examine her own feelings on the topic while maintaining her work's politically correct policies. (Sounds a little like Crash to me, but with less violence.)

Jones says about the movie: "There's a frankness in the movie that I've never seen before about race, which is the 800-pound gorilla in the national living room, and we're never going to get past that until we deal with the issue of slavery and reparations in a way that's both reasonable and meaningful." For those of us not attending the conference -- expected to be attended by the likes of John Edwards and Jesse Jackson -- Whitsett Hill is hoping to get theatrical distribution set in the next few weeks. Personally, I'd love to see the girl who just wants to have fun in something different, so I can't wait to see what she's done with the role. How about you?