“To Kill A Mockingbird”

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Lewes Public Library and Rehoboth Beach Film Society celebrate the 50th anniversary of “To Kill A Mockingbird” with a film screening and panel
discussion.
The Cadbury at Lewes is graciously hosting the event. The film screening will take place from 2:00PM 4:30PM, on Wednesday, August 4, in
Cadbury at Lewes meeting room. Both the film screening and the discussion session are free and open to the public.

The classic film features Gregory Peck in his Oscar® winning performance as
Atticus Finch, an Alabama lawyer who defends an innocent black man against rape charges but ends up in a maelstrom of hate and bigotry. Meanwhile,
Finchs children learn to overcome their own prejudices and fears of the unknown by making contact with their reclusive neighbor, Boo Radley (Robert Duvall in his feature film debut). [1962, Runtime: 130 min., Not rated]

There will be a dinner break from 4:30PM until 7:30PM, when the audience can reconvene to take part in a panel discussion led by Maribeth Fisher, Henry J. Evans, Jr., Sandy Browning, and Kathleen M. Jennings, of Harper Lees classic Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. This discussion will include clips from Scout, Atticus and Boo, a collection of interviews with prominent figures, including Oprah Winfrey and Tom Brokaw, that reveals how Harper Lees classic novel has affected their lives.

About the discussion leaders:

Maribeth Fischers literary essays have appeared in The Iowa Review and The
Yale Review, and have twice been cited as notable in Robert Atwans Best American Essays. She received a Pushcart Prize for her essay Stillborn, as well as a Smart Family Prize for her essay Lottery. Her first novel, The Language of Goodbye, was awarded Virginia Commonwealth Universitys First Novel Award for 2002. Her second novel, The Life You Longed For, which was cited by The Library Journal as “a perfect book-group selection has already sold in five foreign countries. She lives in coastal Delaware. In addition to founding the Rehoboth Beach Writers Guild and serving as executive director of the annual Writers at the Beach: Pure Sea Glass Writing Conference, she teaches workshops in writing and is busy at work on her third novel.

Henry J. Evans Jr. is a reporter for the Cape Gazette, a twice-weekly newspaper covering the Cape Region. He started reporting in 1988 with the
Pacific Daily News, a Gannett newspaper based on Guam, covering the Western Pacific Region. Before coming to the Cape Gazette in 2004, Evans worked as a radio news reporter, freelance magazine writer and television news assignment editor. He attended Cape Henlopen High School and the University of Delaware. Evans lives where he grew up, near Milton.

A native of Pennsylvania, Sandy Browning has lived in the Cape region for
almost 40 years. She taught secondary French and English in Sussex County
for 32 years and was a Fulbright Exchange teacher in France for one year.
Sandy now works at the Lewes Public Library as Circulation Manager and also
enjoys participating in the Southern Delaware Choral Society. To Kill A
Mockingbird has always been one of her favorite novels.

Kathleen M. Jennings is a partner at Aaronson, Collins & Jennings, LLC. She
has extensive experience in criminal and white collar defense, regulatory
enforcement and civil matters. Prior to entering private practice, Kathy
served as Chief Deputy Attorney General and State Prosecutor with the Delaware Attorney Generals Office where she tried more than 100 jury and
bench trials as a criminal prosecutor, including successfully prosecuting several high-profile cases involving individuals linked to organized crime and serial murders. Since entering private practice, Kathy has defended people accused of crime, successfully gaining a dismissal in a first degree murder case. In that case, the client shot his father, who was attacking his mother. The client is remarkably like Boo Radley. Kathy is a native of Wilmington, Delaware and would like someday to retire to Lewes, where she visits frequently.

For more information, please check the Rehoboth Beach Film Society website
at @link href=http://www.rehobothfilm.comtarget=”_blank”>www.rehobothfilm.com/link or call the Film Society at 302-645-9095, or call the Lewes Public Library at 302-645-2733.

The mission of the RBFS is to promote the art of film and, through outreach initiatives, to entertain, educate, and enrich the cultural life of local and extended communities. The Film Society sponsors monthly screenings, special events, and the Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival (November 10 -14, 2010). The Rehoboth Beach Film Society is supported, in part, by
grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency committed to promoting and supporting the arts in Delaware. For more information on this series, other events, or to become a member, visit the Rehoboth Beach Film Society website at @link href=http://www.rehobothfilm.comtarget=”_blank”>www.rehobothfilm.com/link or call 645-9095.