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Hollywood Heads to Atlanta for Sneak Peek of Redford’s Latest Film, and Documentary Filmmaker’s Revelations of Child Trafficking and Slavery

_ to host film screening and panel discussion of “The Conspirator,” plus Clips from and discussion with director of “RedLight”

CHICAGO, Feb. 1, 2011— Entertainment and legal media are invited to a sneak preview and panel discussion of Robert Redford’s new movie, “The Conspirator,” and a look behind the scenes of the searing human trafficking documentary, “RedLight,” at the 2011 _ Midyear Meeting, Feb. 9 – 14, in Atlanta.

“The Conspirator” is based on the true story of the woman accused of conspiring to assassinate President Abraham Lincoln. The movie’s examination of the fragility of individual rights in times of national struggle depicts a dilemma American lawyers have faced throughout history. James McAvoy, Robin Wright, Kevin Kline, Evan Rachel Wood and Tom Wilkinson lead the cast.

With high-profile speakers, essential legal programs and insightful debate on critical law and public policy issues, the ABA Midyear Meeting is the nation’s premier gathering of legal professionals. In conjunction with the meeting, the ABA will host a sneak preview and panel discussion of the first film to be released by Redford’s American Film Company.

Previews will be shown at the Regal Atlantic Station Stadium 16, 261 19th Street N.W., Atlanta.

Times are as follows:
• 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., Feb. 10
• 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., Feb. 11
• 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., Feb. 13

The panel discussion, “In Wartime the Laws Fall Silent? A Conversation Inspired by Actual Events and the Upcoming Film, “The Conspirator,” will be Feb. 12, 2:30 to 4 p.m., Atlanta Marriott Marquis, Room A704.

A panel of former prosecutors and defense attorneys in high-profile cases will join film professionals to discuss whether the carriage of justice changes during times of national turbulence. The program will focus on the movie’s historical perspective and, post 9-11, its contemporary relevance.

Panelists include:
• Moderator ABA Journal publisher Edward Adams
• “The Conspirator” screenwriter James Solomon
• Fred L. Borch III, movie historian and chief prosecutor in the military commissions involving alleged terrorists detained at Guantanamo Bay
• Alan Yamamoto, a member of the defense team for convicted terrorist Zacarias Moussaoui
• Charles J. Dunlap Jr., former deputy judge advocate general, U.S. Air Force

Editor’s Note: Broadcast-quality movie clips used in this discussion will be available upon request. For more on the film, visit www.americanfilmcompany.com. The movie will be released to theaters on April 15.

If you would like to attend, please send your name, screening date and number of attendees to abanews@americanbar.org. RSVPs are required.

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Lawyer, documentary filmmaker and president of Priority Films Guy Jacobson will be the featured guest Feb. 14, at the ABA’s Center for Human Rights luncheon noon – 1:30 p.m. at the Marriott Atlanta Marquis, Room A601, Atrium Level.

Jacobson will show clips from RedLight (narrated by Lucy Liu) and discuss what individual lawyers and the larger legal profession can do to combat and defeat the scourge of child exploitation and trafficking.

RedLight follows the plight of several current and former child sex slaves trying to regain entry into Cambodian society to find a semblance of normality after their horrific experiences. Other stories highlight the plight of victims who are attempting to bring the perpetrators to justice. Their torturous and heroic battles to find witnesses and take brothel owners to court are dramatically brought to life in this feature documentary.

A prolific producer and author, Jacobson was honored with the U.S. State Department’s Global Hero Award in 2008 for his efforts in the fight against child trafficking, slavery and exploitation.

During the Midyear Meeting, a press room for accredited journalists will be set up at International 8A, International Level of the Marriott Atlanta Marquis, and will open for on-site media registration at 1:00 p.m. on Feb. 9. Thereafter the press room will be open daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and will close one hour after the adjournment of the House of Delegates on Feb. 14.

Online registration for news reporters is easier than ever. Credential guidelines are at https://abanow.org/reporter-resources/media-credentials/.

With nearly 400,000 members, the _ is the largest voluntary professional membership organization in the world. As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law.

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Comments (1)

  • Rosanne Sharratt
    7:26 PM February 7, 2011

    I am delighted to see that the exposure of the horrors of hunman traffickimg are being presented to the _ I am preparing to start a fund raising inorder to provide a shelter for the young girls rescued from human sexual trafficking in the Denver,CO area. There are 114 Animal Shelters in CO., but 0 shelters for humnan trafficking . I plan to change that, so appreciate all the help, awareness, etc. that is available. Thank you for doing that.

    Roanne Sharratt, Broomfield, CO