2/9/2006

IPNW to host Seattle premiere of award-winning documentary, After Innocence

After-party at the Burke Museum
Thursday, February 9, 2006

About the film:

AFTER INNOCENCE tells the dramatic and compelling story of the exonerated - innocent men wrongfully imprisoned for decades and then released after DNA evidence proved their innocence. The film focuses on the gripping story of seven men and their emotional journey back into society and efforts to rebuild their lives. Included are a police officer, an army sergeant and a young father sent to prison and even death row for decades for crimes they did not commit.

The men are thrust back into society with little or no support from the system that put them behind bars. While the public views exonerations as success stories - wrongs that have been righted - AFTER INNOCENCE shows that the human toll of wrongful imprisonment can last far longer than the sentences served.

The film raises basic questions about human rights and society's moral obligation to the innocent and places a spotlight on the flaws in our criminal justice system that lead to wrongful conviction of the innocent. The film features exonerees Dennis Maher of Lowell, MA; Calvin Willis of Shreveport, LA; Scott Hornoff of Providence, RI; Wilton Dedge of Cocoa Beach, FL.; Vincent Moto of Philadelphia, PA; Nick Yarris of Philadelphia, PA; and Herman Atkins of Los Angeles, CA.

It also features Barry Scheck and Peter Neufeld, founders of the Innocent Project which has helped to exonerate the more than l50 people freed through the use of DNA testing in the last decade; and highlights the work of human rights activist Dr. Lola Vollen, co-founder of the Life After Exoneration Program.

The Innocence Project Northwest and the Life After Exoneration Program present the Seattle premiere of AFTER INNOCENCE, the award-winning documentary by the Academy Award-nominated director Jessica Sanders.

AFTER INNOCENCE Seattle premiere
Thursday, February 9, 2006
Screening begins at 7 p.m.
(Please allow at least 15 minutes for check in)
Varsity Theatre
4329 University Way NE, Seattle, Washington

This premiere will be hosted by Wilton Dedge and by Producer/Writer Marc Simon.Wilton's exoneration is chronicled in the film and he will be on hand to talk about his experience.

Tickets:

PURCHASE TICKETS AT THE VARSITY THEATER - PLEASE ARRIVE BY 6:30 P.M.

General Public $50 // Friends of IPNW $100 // Angels $250
The fair market value of the event is $25.

$25 student or limited income tickets are also available.

After-party:

Following the screening of AFTER INNOCENCE, the Innocence Project Northwest and the Life After Exoneration Program are hosting a reception at the Burke Museum. There will be complimentary hors d'oeuvres, beer and wine as well as a silent auction.

map to Burke MuseumThe Burke Museum is located just 3 short blocks from the Varsity Theatre on the northwest corner of the University of Washington campus near the corner of 17th Avenue NE and NE 45th Street.

Fee parking is available on the University of Washington campus.



Special thanks to our community partners:

American Friends Service Committee
Washington Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty
American Civil Liberties Union of Washington
Washington Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys

About the Innocence Project Northwest: http://www.law.washington.edu/Clinics/IPNW/