Film Screenings

“Mississippi Innocence” Film to air on MPB on Thursday, May 3rd!

Tune in to your local PBS station at 9:00 PM CST on Monday, May 3rd, to watch the Mississippi Public Broadcasting premiere of the film, “Mississippi Innocence.”

Find your local listing here: http://mpbonline.org/Programs/schedules


Screening at Millsaps College: Tuesday, March 20th

“Mississippi Innocence” will screen at Millsaps College tomorrow, Tuesday, March 20th at 7pm.

The film will be shown in the Ford Academic Complex room 215. Following the film, there will be a question and answer time with project director, Tucker Carrington.

“I try to think of the horror of being sentenced to death when I am innocent, and I realize I cannot begin to imagine what these men have gone through. These stories about the realities of our justice system are compelling and fascinating. We are most fortunate to have Professor Carrington here for this event, and people will be glad that they came to see the movie and hear about the project,” said James Bowley, professor of religious studies.

The event is sponsored by the Millsaps Secular Society, S.L.A.C.K.E.R.S., the Jewish Culture Organization and the Young Democrats.


A Screening and Dialogue Around “Mississippi Innocence” hosted by the American Constitution Society in Washington, D.C.

On Wednesday, March 21, 2012, at 5:30 p.m., the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy (ACS) will host A Long Road to Innocence: A Screening and Dialogue Around Mississippi Innocence. Last month, a Mississippi district attorney secured a conviction for murders that were committed more than 20 years earlier. Many would suggest that justice, like an old adage offers, is better late than never. However, in this case, also more than 20 years ago, two men were deemed responsible for these murders; Levon Brooks was sentenced to life in prison and Kennedy Brewer was sentenced to death. The two men were exonerated and released from prison in 2008, having spent a combined 32 years incarcerated for crimes they did not commit. For Brooks, Brewer, and the victims, justice came very late, so is this even justice at all?

Mississippi Innocence explores this question and others as it tells the story of Brewer and Brooks. Have the close to 300 DNA exonerations since 1989 demonstrated the need for additional practices and policies that would prevent wrongful convictions? As eyewitness misidentification is the leading cause of wrongful convictions, did the Supreme Court just increase the likelihood of such convictions with its decision in Perry v. New Hampshire? Where are the checks on overzealous law enforcement and prosecutors, faulty forensic science, false confessions, and informants that also lead to wrongful convictions? Importantly, how can our criminal justice system chart a path forward that guarantees accountability and basic fundamental fairness for all?

Reception (5:30 p.m.)

Introduction (6:00 p.m.):
Caroline Fredrickson, President, American Constitution Society for Law and Policy

Remarks:
Congressman Bennie Thompson (MS-2), (Invited)

Screening of Mississippi Innocence (60 min)

Q&A will feature:

  • ModeratorGarrett Epps, Professor of Law, University of Baltimore School of Law
  • Tucker Carrington, Director, Mississippi Innocence Project; Co-Producer, Mississippi Innocence
  • Kennedy Brewer, Exoneree
  • Levon Brooks, Exoneree



MI to Screen at Cinema on the Bayou Film Festival! Saturday, January 28, 2012

“Mississippi Innocence” has been accepted into the Cinema on the Bayou Film Festival. This festival is focused on presenting nationally and internationally acclaimed humanities themed documentaries and filmmakers with truly original voices. Cinema on the Bayou will also showcase new, cutting edge, fiction and non-fiction films from around the world in a relaxing environment, laced and embellished with Cajun culture’s unique identity markers, exquisite cuisine and great music.  The 2012 Film Festival will be held January  25-28, 2012, in Lafayette, Louisiana.

“Mississippi Innocence” will screen at 12:30 PM Saturday, January 28, 2012, at the Acadiana Center for the Arts (AcA).

More information, including schedules and tickets, may be found at the Festival’s website: http://www.cinemaonthebayou.com/index.cfm.

 


Overby Center Fall Series: Screening & Panel Discussion of “Mississippi Innocence”

Tuesday, October 25, 5:30 p.m.

“MISSISSIPPI INNOCENCE”

The award-winning documentary, prepared by Ole Miss filmmakers and spotlighting the success of the Law School’s Innocence Project in freeing two Noxubee County men wrongfully imprisoned after murder convictions, will be shown and discussed by principal characters in the cases.  After the screening there will be a panel discussion moderated by civil rights and defense attorney Rob McDuff — and including former Supreme Court Judge Fred Banks, Radley Balko of The Huffington Post, Campbell Robertson of The New York Times, and Joe York, director of “Mississippi Innocence.”



Screening at The Lyric Theater in Harrison, Arkansas, Friday, September 9th

“Mississippi Innocence,” the award-winning documentary that traces the combined thirty year ordeal of Levon Brooks and Kennedy Brewer, two Mississippi men convicted of crimes that they did not commit, will screen at The Lyric Theater at 7 p.m. in Harrison, Ark. Sept. 9 as part of the Ozark Art Council fall arts series.

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“Mississippi Innocence” to screen at the Newseum in D.C. on October 3, 2011

The University of Mississippi Media and Documentary Projects and the Mississippi Innocence Project announce the screening of their documentary film Mississippi Innocence, at The Newseum in Washington, D.C., October 3, 2011.

The screening will take place at The Newseum’s Annenberg Theater. Prior to the screening there will be a panel discussion moderated by Dahlia Lithwick of Slate Magazine — and including Judge Harry Edwards, American University’s Washington College of Law Professor Angela Davis, Producers: Joe York and Tucker Carrington, and others.  The University of Mississippi is hosting a reception in The Newseum foyer after.  This is a free event, however there are limited tickets.  Please email carol@ms-ip.org if  you are interested in attending.


SCREENING OF MISSISSIPPI INNOCENCE TONIGHT!

Mississippi Innocence will screen tonight at the Crossroads Film Festival at the Malco Grandview in Madison, Mississippi.  The screening is at 6:50pm and tickets are available at the box office.  Please click here for directions.

Special Guest, Levon Brooks, filmaker, Joe York, and Producers Tucker Carrington and Andy Harper will all be at the screening for a Q & A following the film.

Below is The Clarion-Ledger review of the film.

Documentary tonight shows wrongful convictions do happen

by: Jerry Mitchell

Skeptical that wrongful convictions ever take place? Then watch Mississippi Innocence.

John GrishamThe documentary can be seen at 6:50 p.m. today (Friday, April 1) at the Crossroads Film Festival at the Malco Grandview in Madison, Miss.
John Grisham recently gave his opinion on the case.
“Every story of a wrongful conviction and exoneration, from a storytelling point of view, is incredible,” said Grisham, whose nonfiction book, The Innocent Man, details a man’s wrongful conviction in Oklahoma. “They’re great stories. They’re tragic. They’re sad. If we’re lucky, there’s a happy ending; the guy gets out of prison. They’re all fantastic stories. But the one in Noxubee County, Mississippi, has got to be one of the best.”

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Jackson Free Press Review of MI Film

Click here to read the article:

http://www.jacksonfreepress.com/index.php/site/comments/crossroads_film_2011_reviews/


Crossroads Film Festival 2011

SCREENINGS AT CROSSROADS FILM FESTIVAL:

Friday, April 1, 2011 6:50PM

Malco Grandview Cinema 17

Madison, Mississippi


Oxford Film Festival 2011 Audience Favorite Award

Mississippi Innocence PosterMississippi Innocence wins the Audience Favorite Award at the 2011 Oxford Film Festival! The Oxford Film Festival site reports…

“The 2011 Oxford Film Festival came to a close last Sunday night, and now the ballots for audience favorite are in.  Mississippi Innocence, the non-competition documentary by filmmaker Joe York, took home the top prize for overall audience favorite.  Two years in the making and produced with Tucker Carrington and the Mississippi Innocence Project  at the UM School of Law, Mississippi Innocence tells the compelling story of Levon Brooks and Kennedy Brewer, two men who combined spent over thirty years behind bars for crimes they didn’t commit.”

Read the full article on the Oxford Film Festival site.


Movie City News Finds Mississippi Innocence Deeply Moving

Kim Voynar of Movie City News reports her impression of Mississippi Innocence as “compelling” and “deeply moving”:

“Outside the docs competition, I caught a number of good films. The very compelling doc Mississippi Innocence, directed by Joe York, played to several sold-out crowds. The film follows the entertwined tale of Levon Brooks and Kennedy Brewer, both convicted of the rape and murder of 3-year-old girls. one was sentenced to death, the other to life in prison, based on questionable “expert” testimony. Both of them, as it turned out, were innocent, and it was only through rapid progress in the field of DNA testing and the passionate involvement of the people behind The Innocence Project that they were finally exonerated.

Mississippi Innocence is blessed with deeply moving subject matter — imagine yourself, knowing you’re innocent, being accused of such a horrific crime, judged by the courts and the court of public opinion, sentenced to die for someone else’s crime, sitting on death row for more than a decade of your life. No, really. Imagine it. It was more moving still, then, to watch Kennedy Brewer dancing and enjoying the Friday night party at Roosters, where blues great T Model Ford was performing.”

Read the entire Oxford Film Festival Review on the Movie City News site.


Oxford Film Festival 2011 Screening

SCREENINGS AT OXFORD FILM FESTIVAL:

Friday, February 11, 2011 5:30PM & 7:00PM
Sunday, February 13, 2011 2:00PM


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