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Virtual: In Pursuit of Justice Screening and Live Q&A
April 21, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Join a/perture and co-directors/local filmmakers Gregg Jamback and Jamie Huss for a special live Q&A. Joining them will be exoneree Greg Taylor and attorney/justice reform advocate Chris Mumma. Space is limited to 100, so please register in advance by sending your name and email address to firstname.lastname@example.org by Tuesday, April 21 at 12 pm. A Zoom link will be sent out at 6 pm.
Synopsis: On an early morning in September of 1991, Greg Taylor and his friend Johnny Beck walk past the brutally beaten body of Jacquetta Thomas in a muddy field. Fewer than 18 hours later, they are both arrested for her murder. The charges against Beck are dropped, but the state finds a jailhouse snitch who testifies against Taylor in his trial, and for the next 17 years, Greg and his family fight the system to undo his conviction, sacrificing hours of time, spending over $130,000 and being denied at every judicial level. Without hope, Greg steels himself to spend the rest of his life in prison. But through his family’s efforts, his case is taken up by the North Carolina Innocence Inquiry Commission–a state-supported, independent agency that has the power to completely investigate claims of innocence.Taylor’s story is one of wrong turns, bad luck, and a loving, supportive family who never gave up on him. It is also the story of the incredible people who have worked tirelessly to reform North Carolina’s criminal justice system. Taylor’s exoneration allowed for the reexamining of several other false convictions — including the case against Michael Peterson of The Staircase as they shared the same blood analyst.
Gregg Jamback, Jamie Huss and the distributor of “In Pursuit of Justice: The Video Project” are generously contributing 100% of ticket proceeds to a/perture!