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The annual Forum Film Festival offers you the unique opportunity to watch and discuss movies dealing with legal themes, with a box of popcorn in hand and surrounded by a large 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 six 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, 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 Film Festival where the winning films receive the FOLCS Awards. The Short Film Competition offers aspiring filmmakers an opportunity to be viewed by renowned judges and the Forum's audience, which votes for the winner of the Audience Favorite Award—all taking place in New York City, the capital of culture.
The 5th Annual Forum Film Festival was a tale of two Als, both named Pacino--Al Pacino both opened the Film Festival with his portrayal of Dr. Jack Kevorkian in You Don't Know Jack; and a much younger Pacino closed the Festival with his portrayal of an attorney with a conscience in ... And Justice For All. Our special guests for the Pacino nights were Dr. Jack Kevorkian himself, and actor Jeffrey Tambor, who made his feature film debut in our closing night's film. The Supreme Court of the United States played a part in this year's Film Festival, with our special guest, Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor. Other films explored legal and moral issues issues surrounding slavery, genocide, and a fictional rendering of the Leo Frank trial and subsequent lynching.
The Forum on Law, Culture & Society is made possible through the generous support of David Anders, Pamela and Michael Chepiga, Falcon Foundation, Inc., Robert W. Hollweg, Dr. and Mrs. Gary Klein, Joseph Low, T.J. and Nancy Maloney, Orin McCluskey, Brett A. Paul, in loving memory of Marcus Retter, from Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Retter, and Paul Washington. We would also like to thank Time Warner for its founding donation and continued support.
Interested in becoming a sponsor? Contact the Forum's Executive Producer, Erin Langlois, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 646.293.3967. The Forum is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt entity.
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