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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.
Another year of fabulous guests, including Nobelist Elie Wiesel and distinguished actor John Turturro, and the first year of the FOLCS Awards Night, highlighted the 2012 Forum Film Festival. Wiesel and Turturro discussed The Truce, in which Turturro starred as Auschwitz survivor and memoirist Primo Levi. Opening night at HBO featured Episode 1 of the series John Adams with post-screening guests Kirk Ellis, who wrote the screenplay for the entire series, and Judge Denny Chin of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Other films and discussions included The House I Live In, a documentary about America's failed War on Drugs with the filmmaker Eugene Jarecki, New Yorker film critic David Denby, and Fordham Law Professor Deborah Denno; Good Night, and Good Luck, a film that looked at the role Edward R. Murrow and CBS News played in exposing the demagoguery of the 1950s Red Scare, with David Strathairn, who portrayed Murrow in the film, 60 Minutes correspondent Bob Simon, and New York Times editor and columnist Sam Roberts; Clockers, about the racial tensions in the drug trade in Brooklyn, with the novelist and screenwriter Richard Price and novelist Rich Cohen; Duck Soup, with the legendary TV talk show host Dick Cavett.
The Film Festival came to a close with the first annual Forum Short Film Competition and the FOLCS Awards Night. The inaugural winning short film, which came from France, was My Piece of Happiness. It was directed and written by Carole Mathieu-Castelli and produced by Thierry Humbert.
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.
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