7pm - Gala Cocktail/Buffet Reception
7:30pm - Career Acheivement Award to Liz Garbus
8pm - Garbus Film: "Shouting Fire: Stories from the Edge of Free Speech"
10:30pm - Q/A with Liz Garbus and attorney Martin Garbus
SHOUTING FIRE: STORIES FROM THE EDGE OF FREE SPEECH
DIRECTOR: Liz Garbus
PRODUCERS: Liz Garbus, Rory Kennedy, Jed Rothstein
EDITOR: Karen H. Sim
CINEMATOGRAPHER: Tom Hurwitz
Shouting Fire explores the current state of free speech in America, and the unprecedented threat it’s under post 9/11. Arab-Americans lose their jobs for discussing the word “intifada.” Christian school-kids are suspended for wearing homophobic Bible-quoting T-shirts. Left-wing professors are fired for provocative remarks in the wake of 9/11.
The film examines the balancing act between protecting civil liberties and national security in a post-9/11 world, asking whether all speech is equally free. The tour-guide through this perilous landscape is the filmmaker’s father, First Amendment attorney Martin Garbus, who applauds "the idea that you can have a country where anybody can think anything, say anything, create anything," calling it "a miracle." The documentary looks into Martin’s own experiences as a First Amendment lawyer, including the Pentagon Papers case and his defense of a neo-Nazi group's right to protest.
The film examines the case of Ward Churchill, a tenured professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of Colorado who was fired after writing that U.S. foreign policy abuses were a partial cause of the 9/11 attacks; the story of Yemani-American educator Debbie Almontaser, forced to resign from her job after she set off a firestorm by citing the legal definition of “intifada;” the case of Chase Harper, who was suspended from her high school in San Diego for wearing a T-shirt that said “Homosexuality is Shameful” during a gay and lesbian awareness event; and the arrest of Ruth Benn and Ed Hedemann for a nonviolent demonstration at the 2004 Republic National Convention in New York City. Those interviewed include historians, legal scholars and attorneys, such as Floyd Abrams, David Horowitz, Eric Foner and Kenneth Starr. Shouting Fire premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.