Criminal Justice on Trial in Academy/UCLA Documentary Series Screening

Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and ScienceCriminal Justice on Trial in Academy/UCLA Documentary Series Screening

Beverly Hills,(rushprnews) April 4, 2007- CA — The documentary short subject “Abused” and the documentary feature “After Innocence” will be screened on Wednesday, April 11, as the next installment in the 2006–2007 Contemporary Documentaries series, presented by the Academy Foundation of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the UCLA Film & Television Archive. The screenings will begin at 7 p.m. at the Academy’s Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood. Admission is free.

Directed by Chuck Braverman, “Abused” examines the case of Susan Greenberg, who was sentenced to 25 years to life for shooting her boyfriend six times at point-blank range. After serving 18 years, Greenberg petitioned for and received a judicial hearing to reassess the outcome of her original trial in light of “battered woman syndrome.” “Abused” explores what battered woman syndrome is and whether it justifies the killing of an intimate partner. The film was produced by Marilyn Braverman and Chuck Braverman, who will discuss the making of the film and take questions from the audience following the screening.

“After Innocence” focuses on seven men who, after decades of incarceration, gained their freedom through the application of DNA testing that was not available at the time of their trials. Directed by Jessica Sanders and produced by Sanders and Marc Simon, the film follows the men on their emotional journeys to rebuild their lives. It also highlights the flaws in our criminal justice system and explores society’s moral obligation to the exonerated. Sanders will be present at the screening to discuss the film and take questions from the audience.

All screenings in the series are free and open to the public. The Linwood Dunn Theater is located at the Academy’s Pickford Center for Motion Picture Study, 1313 Vine Street, at the northwest corner of Fountain Avenue and Vine Street in Hollywood. Parking is available behind the building through the entrance on Homewood Avenue, one block north of Fountain. For more information, call (310) 247-3600 or (310) 206-FILM.

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