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Film screening of DEADLINE chronicles the astonishingly flawed criminal justice
Date Friday May 21
Time 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location Details
Roxie Cinema
3117 16th St.
Event Type Other
Organizer/AuthorRoxie Cinema
DEADLINE runs from May 21-27 The astonishing new documentary film (directed by Katy Chevigny and Kristen Johnson, and featuring former Illinois Governor George Ryan - 90 minutes. 2004. USA) about this country's imbalanced judicial system its often improper administration of capital punishment - is a last minute entry on the new Roxie Cinema calendar. It's inclusion is the result of a lengthy endeavor to bring this important and timely film to a theatrical venue.

Given the recent brouhaha surrounding the controversial decision of San Francisco D.A. Kamala Harris not to pursue the death penalty for the alleged killer of a San Francisco police officer, DEADLINE has taken on a sharply focused meaning for Bay Area residents. For further information about this film, please visit http://www.deadlinethemovie.com

The filmmakers along with members of Death Penalty Focus will conduct a panel discussion after the 8:00 shows Friday, May 21 and Saturday, May 22.

"Compelling... Enlightening.....Engrossing" -- Hollywood Reporter.

"Deadline, an excellent documentary from Katy Chevigny and Kirsten Johnson chronicling the astonishingly flawed criminal justice system" -- Chicago Sun-Times

WHAT: On the eve of his departure from office, George Ryan, longtime conservative Republican governor of Illinois and supporter of the death penalty, surprised the nation by commuting the sentences of 167 prisoners on Death Row to life imprisonment. Directors Katy Chevigny and Kirsten Johnson bring us directly into the debate and the legal process Ryan set in motion when a group of Northwestern University journalism students uncovered evidence exonerating the doomed Anthony Porter, undermining the credibility of the state's entire capital-justice system. A hit at this year's Sundance Fest, Deadline is human drama in its most distilled form. In the wake of DNA evidence and new testimony proving the innocence of 13 Illinois Death Row inmates, Ryan ordered clemency hearings for every prisoner awaiting execution. Chevigny and Johnson deliver it all--from the well-reasoned legal debates to the heart-wrenching testimony of family members of the victims as well as the condemned. Using astounding access to the hearings, prisoners on Death Row, and Governor Ryan, they deliver a measured sense of justice for all their subjects and astutely contextualize the debate with historical material. Deadline contributes reason and passion to the ongoing debate about whether civilized nations should employ the ultimate punishment and how justly it is administered.
Added to the calendar on Tuesday May 18th, 2004 6:37 PM
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