Thursday 17th March, 2011
12:00pm to 2:00pm
Screening at the SXSW Film festival of the new documentary about the case of Todd Willingham, "Incendiary". Everyone must buy their own $10 ticket. Location: Rollins Theatre in the Long Center, 701 West Riverside Dr (Map).
In 1991, Cameron Todd Willingham’s three daughters died in a Corsicana, Texas house fire. Tried and convicted for their arson murders, Willingham was executed in February 2004 despite overwhelming expert criticism of the prosecution’s arson evidence. Today, Willingham's name has become a call for reform in the field of forensics and a rallying cry for the anti-death penalty movement; yet he remains an indisputable "monster" in the eyes of Texas Governor Rick Perry, who ignored the science that could have saved Willingham’s life. Equal parts murder mystery, forensic investigation and political drama, INCENDIARY documents the haunted legacy of a prosecution built on “folklore.”
After film discussion with filmmakers Steve Mims and Joe Bailey Jr, as well as Elizabeth Gilbert, a friend of Todd Willingham who was featured in the New Yorker article by David Grann about the Willingham case.
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