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“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 Hot Springs Film Festival!

“Mississippi Innocence” has been accepted into the Hot Springs (AR)
Film Festival. HSDFF is one of the largest and most venerable
documentary film festivals in the world. The screening committee views
nearly 1,000 films submitted from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, and selects
100 to be viewed each year. The 2011 Film Festival will be held
October 14 through 23, at the Historic Malco Theatre, 819 Central
Avenue, in downtown Hot Springs.

Since its inception, more than 400,000 people have participated in the
Hot Springs Documentary Film Institute’s educational, cultural
activities and special programs. Emphasis is on documentary film as an
art form as well as a means to promote critical thinking on real life
issues. Through symposia, forums, discussion groups, and teaching,
HSDFI brings cultural and social knowledge to all ages from the gifted
work of film professionals.

More information, including schedules and tickets, may be found at the
Festival’s website: http://www.hsdfi.org/

“Mississippi Innocence” will screen twice:

Mon. Oct. 17, 6:10PM (Malco 1)

Sat. Oct. 22, 3:00PM (Malco 2)

For more information about the film, please visit
www.mississippiinnocencefilm.com

Screening at the Newseum in Washington, D.C., Monday, Oct. 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 T. Edwards, American University’s Washington College of Law Professor Angela Davis, MIP’s President of the Board, John Grisham; and Producers: Joe York and Tucker Carrington.  The University of Mississippi is hosting a reception in The Newseum foyer after.  This is a free event, however there is now a waiting list for tickets.  Please email mpetrozza@newseum.org if  you are interested in attending.

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.

Mississippi Innocence Awarded $10,000 from Fledgling Fund

The University of Mississippi’s Center for Media and Documentary Projects, the School of Law and the Mississippi Innocence Project are pleased to announce the award of a $10,000 grant from The Fledgling Fund. Proceeds from the grant will develop curricula that complement Mississippi Innocence, an award-winning documentary about the wrongful convictions of two Noxubee County, Mississippi, men who spent more than thirty years in prison for crimes that they did not commit.
The two men were freed from prison in 2008 through the work of several lawyers, including student attorneys at the Mississippi Innocence Project. In particular, the curricula will harness the power of these two extraordinary innocence narratives so that viewers of the film will not only be exposed to these tragedies but refuse to countenance similar failures of justice in the future. The film was directed and produced by The University of Mississippi’s Center of Media and Documentary Projects and the Mississippi Innocence Project. The Fledgling Fund’s mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable individuals, families and communities by supporting innovative media projects that target entrenched social problems.
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