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Press for Jury Selection: Edmonson v. Leesville Concrete Company

The Laurel Leader-Call has published an article about the most recent film from The Constitution Project, Jury Selection: Edmonson v. Leesville Concrete Company. It includes interviews with Thaddeus Edmonson — The Leader-Call is his hometown paper – and Kathleen Hall Jamieson, director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center.

“I’m glad my case will be broadcast to students across the nation,” said Edmonson. “This case happened years ago. However, even after having to wait so long for justice to be served, I still believed in America. I still believe in the Constitution of the United States.”

Click here to read “Edmonson case gets its place in history”.

The film will be released to celebrate Constitution Day, and will be available to view online as well as in more than 40,000 schools and libraries across the nation.

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Yick Wo wins two awards from the Los Angeles International Film Festival

The Constitution Project: Yick Wo and The Equal Protection Clause has been selected by The Los Angeles International Film Festival, as a winner in the Short Documentary Film category. In addition, Yick Wo editor Marc Tidalgo won for Best Editing-Short Documentary.

The film will screen this fall in Los Angeles.

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Also from The Documentary Group: Let Freedom Swing! available Fall 2010

In January of 2009, a legend of American law, Sandra Day O’Connor, sat down with a legend of American jazz, Wynton Marsalis. That conversation has become the foundation for Let Freedom Swing!, a new project for schools to be launched this fall. A collaboration with Jazz at Lincoln Center and Columbia Teacher’s College, with funding from the Rockefeller Foundation, Let Freedom Swing! uses video, print and web resources to explore the relationship between jazz and democracy in America. This seemingly unusual pairing of ideas can lead students to deep insights about their nation’s history and their role in society.

About the Films

America’s democracy and America’s first original art form have a lot in common. Both call on participants to engage with each other and to work together towards a common purpose. Both encourage participants to express themselves but at the same time require them listen to what each has to say. Both allow participants to reinvent the work of the past, to reinterpret it in the present and in the future. And both ask participants always to strive for “a more perfect union.”

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Yick Wo to screen at the 11th Annual DC Asian Pacific American Film Festival

Yick Wo and the Equal Protection Clause will screen Sunday, October 10, 2010 at the DC Asian Pacific American Film Festival.

The program will be held at Goethe in Washington, DC.

More details to follow.

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Catch Yick Wo this September at the Show-Me Social Justice Film Festival

Yick Wo and the Equal Protection Clause has been accepted to the 2010 Show-Me Social Justice Film Festival. The festival runs September 10-12 in Warrensburg, Missouri.

Specific screening times and dates to follow.

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More honors for Yick Wo and the Equal Protection Clause

Yick Wo and the Equal Protection Clause recently received the 2010 CINE Masters Series Award. This is the highest recognition CINE offers, building on the Golden Eagle and Special Jury Awards Yick Wo had already received. The film was selected from among nearly four thousand other entries in the Non-Telecast Non-Fiction division.

Yick Wo has previously won a Platinum Hermes Creative Award, a Silver Hugo Award, and two Telly Awards.

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Two new films in Fall 2010

A Call to Act, the story of Lilly Ledbetter’s fight for equal pay for women, and Jury Selection: Edmonson v. Leesville Concrete Company, about racial bias in jury selection, have recently been completed and will be released this fall. They both feature interviews with the people closest to the cases, and are the first Constitution Project films shot in HD.

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