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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- It usually isn't advisable to head to a knife fight at a national political convention.

But a small but star-studded crowd of Democratic National Convention attendees did just that this afternoon as they filed into the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

No one got hurt.

The group was gathered to view a screening of "Knife Fight," a new movie co-written and co-produced by veteran Democratic strategist Chris Lehane. The film, which premiered at Tribeca Film Festival, is about a California political consultant and the dirty tactics it can take to win.

"This isn't broccoli," Lehane said, "This is designed to be entertaining, but hopefully people get something deeper out of it."

The audience for the 4:30 p.m. screening included actors Eric McCormack and Richard Schiff, who star in the film, Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, state Sens. Kevin DeLeon and Curren Price and California investor Tom Steyer, who is backing Proposition 39, a November ballot measure to change a corporate tax formula.

Steyer, whose campaign is working with Lehane and sponsored the screening, introduced the film.

"We're welcoming you to the least violent knife fight you're ever going to get into," he said.


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