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October 25, 2005

Press Contact:
Allyson Childs, UT Law , Director of Student Programs, (512) 232-1134.

Court TV's Jack Ford and UT's Bill Allison Kick Off Film Festival, Oct. 30

WHAT: Screening and discussion of Court TV's The Interrogation of Michael Crowe by UT Law professor Bill Allison and Court TV anchor Jack Ford.
WHO: The event is free and the UT community is invited.
WHEN: Sun., Oct. 30, at 5:30 p.m.
WHERE: UT Law School, Sheffield Room (Townes Hall Room 2.111)
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AUSTIN, Texas—UT Law's Department of Student Life will host two evening films in association with Court TV this fall starting with the screening of The Interrogation of Michael Crowe on Sun., Oct. 30, at 5:30 p.m. in the Law School's Sheffield Room. This award-winning film chronicles the true story of a 14-year-old boy who was coerced into falsely confessing to murder.

The program begins with a reception at 5:30 p.m. followed by the film screening at 6:00 p.m. Court TV anchor Jack Ford will attend and participate in the program that will feature remarks from UT Law professor Bill Allison, the director of the Criminal Defense Clinic and the co-director of the Actual Innocence Clinic. Ford and Allison will discuss coerced confessions and take questions from attendees after the film.

On Tues., Nov. 1, at 7 p.m. in the Law School's Sheffield Room, a screening of the film The Exonerated will be held. This film is the cinematic adaptation of the award-winning Broadway play that tells the stories of six innocent death row inmates who, in the face of new evidence, are exonerated. The Exonerated stars Brian Dennehy, Susan Sarandon, Aidan Quinn, and Danny Glover. After the film, UT Law professor Rob Owen, who directs the Capital Punishment Clinic, and Michael Sharlot, former dean of UT Law, will host a discussion of the film. Refreshments will be provided.