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Reel Journalism Presents Screening of Nothing but the Truth

Noted First Amendment Lawyer Floyd Abrams highlights pre-screening discussion

WHAT:        Screening of Nothing but the Truth, presented by Reel Journalism   

WHO:          Floyd Abrams, preeminent constitutional law expert who argued for the New York Times and reporter Judith Miller in the Valerie Plame CIA leak grand jury investigation

John Watson, First Amendment expert and author, Journalism Ethics by Court Decree; professor, American University’s School of Communication

Nick Clooney, host, Reel Journalism with Nick Clooney Film Series; distinguished journalist-in- residence, American University School of Communication and the Newseum
WHERE:         American University’s Greenberg Theatre, 4200 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20016
WHEN:        Program begins at 7 p.m. Monday, September 14, with introduction and discussion, followed by the film screening and audience Q &A; doors open at 6:30 p.m. The event ends at 9:45 p.m            

MEDIA:        Members of the media who wish to cover the event must RSVP to Maralee Csellar, AU’s University Communications Office, 202-885-5952 or no later than 3 p.m., Monday, September 14.  
WASHINGTON, D.C. (September 9, 2009)—Nothing But the Truth, a 2008 feature film inspired by the experiences of New York Times reporter Judith Miller during the Valerie Plame-CIA leak scandal, will be the first film screened for the 2009–2010  Reel Journalism Film Series at 7 p.m. Monday, September 14, at American University’s Greenberg Theatre.

Rod Lurie directs an all-star cast in this political drama ripped from the headlines. Rachel Armstrong (Kate Beckinsale), a Washington, D.C. reporter on the national desk of the Capitol Sun-Times, writes an explosive story that reveals the identity of covert CIA agent Erica Van Doren (Vera Farmiga). Patton Dubois (Matt Dillon) is relentless in his pursuit of Rachel to reveal her source. U.S. District Court Judge Hall cites the young reporter with contempt of court and throws her in jail over the objections of defense attorney Alan Burnside (Alan Alda).

The program and panel will be moderated by Nick Clooney, distinguished journalist in residence at American University’s School of Communication and the Newseum.
The event will feature a live discussion with noted First Amendment lawyer Floyd Abrams, the attorney who argued for the New York Times and reporter Judith Miller in the Valerie Plame CIA leak grand jury investigation. Abrams, who has represented and won verdicts with Rudolph Giuliani, Wayne Newton and Al Franken, has a cameo appearance in the movie as U.S. District Court Judge Hall. American University First Amendment Expert John Watson will also discuss the film’s significance and what this incident did

Reel Journalism is presented by the Newseum and American University’s School of Communication as part of an effort to use films about journalism to encourage discussion about the critical role and responsibilities of a free press in a democratic society.

Upcoming Reel Journalism film series events will be announced at a later date.

American University’s School of Communication is a laboratory for professional education, communication research and innovative production across the fields of journalism, film and media arts, and public communication.

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