Film Series

Shots Fired: Screening and Conversation

  • March 8, 2017

  • Post-screening discussion with
  • with Sanaa Lathan, Richard Dreyfuss, Gina Prince-Bythewood, and Reggie Rock Bythewood

In our increasingly polarized climate of racial justice, with police shootings of African-Americans testing our judicial system and inspiring nationwide protests, FOX presents a new 10-hour event series, SHOTS FIRED, that takes a look at the criminal justice system via the prism of two racially charged shootings in a small town: a black teenager and a white college student. As two investigators dive into the who, and the why behind the murders, they must navigate the media attention and social unrest that come with such volatile cases. This groundbreaking series, tackles the public debate on race relations and the abuse of power. Join us for a screening of the first episode, followed by a discussion with stars Sanaa Lathan and Richard Dreyfuss, as well as series creators Gina Prince-Bythewood and Reggie Rock Bythewood.

About the Film Festival

The annual FOLCS Film Series offers you a unique opportunity to watch and discuss movies dealing with legal themes, with a box of popcorn in hand and surrounded by a large friendly audience (most of whom are not lawyers, so you don’t need to know any legalese). Featuring an exciting mix of current blockbusters, classic favorites, documentaries, and independent movies over seven nights, the Film Festival illuminates the legal system with all of its triumphs, failures, moral dilemmas, and dramatic moments.

Each movie is followed by a post-screening discussion with renowned artists, writers, public intellectuals, government leaders, and members of the legal profession who have a particular connection to the film. Explore how the themes of justice and injustice continue to inspire the artistic imagination. Hear interesting stories and anecdotes. Get answers to your questions. And share your own ideas and viewpoints.

Additionally, the Forum invites filmmakers from across the globe to submit an original short film on a legal theme. The judges’ top picks are shown, discussed, and celebrated at the FOLCS Awards Night during the closing night of the Film Festival where the winning films receive the FOLCS Awards. The International Short Film Competition offers aspiring filmmakers an opportunity to be viewed by renowned judges and the Forum’s audience, who take part in the festivities by voting for the Audience Favorite Award—all taking place in New York City.