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Jury Selection: Edmonson v. Leesville Concrete Company online; DVDs to ship for Constitution Day 2010

Jury Selection: Edmonson v. Leesville Concrete Company is now available to watch online!

Jury Selection is part of Sunnylands Classroom Constitution Day 2010. If you are a school or a library and would like a free copy on DVD, register here by September 5th. DVDs should arrive by September 15.

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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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Coming Fall 2010: A Call to Act and The Bill of Rights

September 17, 2010 is Constitution Day. Celebrate with two new installments of The Constitution Project.

Educational documentary A Call to Act tells the remarkable story of Lilly Ledbetter, a grandmother from Alabama whose fight for equal pay for women brought her all the way to the White House.

The Bill of Rights combines a video game and film to recount how, just a few years after drafting the Constitution, the Founding Fathers came together again to ensure that many of Americans’ most basic rights are protected.

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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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