Wednesday, March 14, 2012

The witness is the prosecution

Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey will join me for a Cinema Salon Sunday, March 25 at 2 p.m. at the Colfax/FilmCenter, 2510 E. Colfax Avenue. DA Morrissey will share his views on some of the movies that have done a good job portraying the legal community and others that might deserve to be held in contempt. I've been curating and moderating these Salon programs for more than a year, and I tell you (with as much modesty as I can muster) that our mixture of talk and film clips offers a great opportunity to indulge your movie passion and to meet a wide range of interesting people. Salon participants have ranged from the former Archbishop of Denver, Charles J. Chaput, to Oscar-winning filmmaker Daniel Junge to Denver's iconic choreographer Cleo Parker Robinson. We've discussed subjects as somber as the Holocaust and Film and as much fun as The Best Action Sequences Ever Filmed.

Our audiences have been lively, inquisitive and well-informed, and our quests have included some of Denver's most influential and interesting people. So be there for our first Sunday afternoon Salon as we meet the man who has served as Denver's DA since 2005. Mr. Morrissey has established himself as a national expert on DNA technology and has become a strong leader in the field of victim advocacy.

Generally, I don't announce the movies we'll be focusing on in advance; it's more fun to discover them during the course of a Salon, but I'll tell you that Mr. Morrissey has selected a variety of clips from some intriguing movies. (You'll find a photo from one of them at the right, and if you can identify it, you'll know one of a half dozen movies we'll be putting into evidence.) You won't leave with the Salon with a law degree, but you'll gain a valuable insight into the way a long-time prosecutor looks at movies that deal with the law. One more thing: The FilmCenter bar is always open during Salons.

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