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KCRW Partner Screening: Trial By Fire


Film Independent Presents in partnership with KCRW bring you an advance screening of Trial By Fire from Roadside Attractions.

Trial by Fire is the true-life Texas story of the unlikely bond between an imprisoned death row inmate (Jack O’Connell) and a mother of two from Houston (Laura Dern) who, though facing staggering odds, fights mightily for his freedom. Cameron Todd Willingham, a poor, uneducated heavy metal devotee with a violent streak and a criminal record, is convicted of arson-related triple homicide in 1992.  During his 12 years on death row, Elizabeth Gilbert, an improbable ally, uncovers questionable methods and illogical conclusions in his case, and battles with the state to expose suppressed evidence that could save him.  Her efforts ultimately fail, and since Willingham’s execution, the disturbing question remains: Did Texas execute an innocent man?

This special screening includes a Q&A with host Elvis Mitchell and director Edward Zwick. As a courtesy to our panelists, we ask that you stay for the conversation.