Monday, October 10
Film Matters: Conviction
The true story of a sister’s unwavering devotion to her brother. Thursday, October 20, 2011 7pm “a solid, straightforward story of sacrifice and allegiance” - Detroit News
Post-film discussion featuring Betty Anne Waters, former NH Attorney General Philip McLaughlin and Richard Miles, a man exonerated of murder charges after 15 years in Texas prison Presented in affiliation with The NH Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty; the NH Civil Liberties Union, The NH Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Northeast Regional Office of Amnesty International USA.
Film Matters, will kick off with the feature film, Conviction, on Thursday, October 20, 2011 at 7pm. Film Matters is the new name for the long running, wildly popular events (formerly known as Wildcard Movies) that include a film about a global issue, followed by a panel discussion and Q&A with local experts and about local resources. According to Chris Curtis, Programming Coordinator, “For our first event of the fall, we’re going to focus on the issue of justice in our court system. We start the evening with the true story of Betty Anne Waters who successfully worked to free her brother who was imprisoned for murder. Following the film, Ms. Waters will join us with a panel of experts for a Q&A with the audience. And, for all our on-screen offerings – from film to HD broadcasts of the Met and NTLive - we’ve upgraded your Historic Theater experience with enhanced sound and visuals.”
About Conviction (R, 107mins, US, 2010)
The true story of a sister’s unwavering devotion to her brother. When Betty Anne Waters’ (two-time Academy Award winner Hilary Swank) older brother Kenny (Sam Rockwell) is arrested for murder and sentenced to life in 1983, Betty Anne, a Massachusetts wife and mother of two, dedicates her life to overturning the murder conviction, putting herself through high school, college and, finally, law school, in an 18-year quest to free Kenny. With the help of best friend Abra Rice (Academy Award nominee Minnie Driver), Betty Anne pores through suspicious evidence mounted by small town cop Nancy Taylor (Academy Award winner Melissa Leo).
Presented in affiliation with The NH Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty and with special thanks to the NH Civil Liberties Union, The NH Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Northeast Regional Office of Amnesty International USA
Post film panel discussion featuring Betty Anne Waters, former NH Attorney General Philip McLaughlin and Richard Miles, a man who was found innocent of murder after having been incarcerated in Texas for 15 years.
“a solid, straightforward story of sacrifice and allegiance.” - Detroit News
“Hilary Swank shines.” – Richard Roeper
“A moving exploration of light and love shining through the darkness of despair.” ~Rex Reed