In­au­gu­ral ‘FilmTalk­back’ se­ries be­gins with The Post

Rappahannock News - - THE RAPP - By Matthew Black

Anew se­ries of top­i­cal films fol­lowed by post-movie dis­cus­sions, pre­sented by RAAC and re­volv­ing col­lab­o­ra­tors at the Lit­tle Wash­ing­ton Theater, de­buts at 7 p.m. Fri­day, June 22.

RAAC’s in­au­gu­ral Film-Talk­back event fea­tures the Academy Award-nom­i­nated film The Post fol­lowed by a dis­cus­sion led by two lo­cal lu­mi­nar­ies: First Amend­ment at­tor­ney Jay Ward Brown and noted jour­nal­ist and ed­i­tor Andy Alexan­der. The non­profit Foothills Fo­rum joins RAAC (the Rap­pa­han­nock As­so­ci­a­tion for Arts and Com­mu­nity) in the up­com­ing FilmTalk­back event. In lieu of tick­ets, the cospon­sors will col­lect do­na­tions for the non­profit Re­porters Com­mit­tee for Free­dom of the Press.

The new se­ries builds on the pop­u­lar­ity of pre­vi­ous RAAC film and dis­cus­sion events and will re­volve around se­lected themes. Film-Talk­backs will take place through­out the year and be held on one or two suc­ces­sive nights. RAAC has part­nered in the past on screen­ings with Scrabble School Preser­va­tion Foun­da­tion, Foothills Fo­rum, Rapp at Home, and the Rap­pa­han­nock His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety. Up­com­ing Film-Talk­backs will in­volve the Farm Tour and the Smith­so­nian Con­ser­va­tion Bi­ol­ogy In­sti­tute. RAAC will con­tinue show­ing its First -Fri­day-at-the-Movies.

The Post stars Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks. As re­viewed by The New York Times, “Steven Spiel­berg’s ex­hil­a­rat­ing drama … re­vis­its The Wash­ing­ton Post’s de­ci­sion to pub­lish por­tions of the Pen­tagon Pa­pers, [and] that de­ci­sion be­comes a tick-tock thriller about the free­dom of the press, the White House’s war on that con­sti­tu­tional right, and [pub­lisher Kather­ine Gra­ham] who de­fended [that] free­dom.”

Two lo­cal ex­perts will guide the post­movie con­ver­sa­tion. Jay Ward Brown is one of the na­tion’s premier First Amend­ment at­tor­neys. He has suc­cess­fully de­fended pub­lish­ers and broad­cast­ers against re­strain­ing or­ders and in­junc­tions at­tempt­ing to stop de­liv­ery of news to the pub­lic. He has lit­i­gated li­bel, pri­vacy, copy­right, sub­poena, and ac­cess mat­ters in the U.S. Supreme Court, fed­eral and state ap­pel­late courts, and trial courts around the coun­try.

Award-win­ning jour­nal­ist and ed­i­tor Andy Alexan­der was a for­mer Post om­buds­man as well as Wash­ing­ton bureau chief for Cox News­pa­pers. He has writ­ten and spo­ken ex­ten­sively about the pub­lic’s right to know, and helped launched na­tional Sun­shine Week to fo­cus at­ten­tion on free­dom of in­for­ma­tion and the dan­gers of gov­ern­ment se­crecy. He is the Scripps Howard Vis­it­ing Pro­fes­sional at the E. W. Scripps School of Jour­nal­ism at Ohio Univer­sity, a for­mer mem­ber of the Amer­i­can So­ci­ety of News Edi­tors, and he chaired its Free­dom Com­mit­tee.

Rap­pa­han­nock res­i­dents Jay Ward Brown and Andy Alexan­der will an­chor a dis­cus­sion af­ter the movie, which stars Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep.

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