Saturday, January 8, 2011: 7:00 PM-9:00 PM
Grand Ballroom Salon G (Marriott Boston Copley Place)
The American Film Company presents an exclusive screening of their debut film, The Conspirator, directed by Robert Redford, written by James Solomon, and starring Robin Wright, James McAvoy, Kevin Kline, and Tom Wilkinson. In the wake of Abraham Lincoln's assassination, seven men and one woman are arrested and charged with conspiring to kill the president, the vice president, and the secretary of state. The lone woman charged, Mary Surratt, 42, owns a boarding house where John Wilkes Booth and others met and planned the simultaneous attacks. Against the ominous backdrop of post-Civil War Washington, newly minted lawyer, Frederick Aiken, a 28-year-old Union war hero, reluctantly agrees to defend Surratt before a military tribunal. As the trial unfolds, Aiken realizes his client may be innocent and that she is being used as bait and hostage in order to capture the only conspirator to have escaped a massive manhunt, her own son. Immediately following the screening, we invite AHA members to take part in a panel discussion of the film with consulting historians Frederic L. Borch III (Regimental Historian and Archives, U. S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps), Kate Clifford Larson (Simmons College), and Thomas R. Turner Bridgewater State College). Founded by Joe Ricketts, The American Film Company produces entertaining, historically accurate feature films culled from America's storied past. The American Film Company will also host a reception in the Marriott’s Ballroom F starting at 10 p.m. after the panel discussion. Register to attend this exclusive screening of The Conspirator by visiting www.TheAmericanFilmCompany.com/AHA.
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