2015 John O'Connor Film Award Winner, Feature Film: 12 Years a Slave
Steve McQueen, director; Brad Pitt, producer (Fox Searchlight Pictures, 2013)
With this breakthrough production the filmmakers and actors have adapted an important historical source, Solomon Northrup’s 1853 memoir of kidnapping and enslavement, into a gripping and also painfully accurate drama. In step with the best historical scholarship, this film also challenges Hollywood’s long romance with the plantation.
Philip Ethington, University of Southern California, will introduce the film and lead a discussion afterward.