Cinemapolis will be celebrating juris prudence this May 1st. To commemorate Law Day 2018, we’re hosting a pair of special screenings that showcase lawyering at its best. The program kicks off on Tuesday, May 1st at 4:30 pm with the academy award winning 1962 classic, To Kill A Mockingbird. Then, at 7:30 pm, Chadwick Boseman stars in Marshall, the 2017 portrait of the crusading lawyer who would become the first African-American Supreme Court Justice. Law Day at Cinemapolis is made possible by sponsorship support from Cornell Law School and the Tompkins County Bar Association.
Winner of three Academy Awards, To Kill a Mockingbird adapts Harper Lee’s beloved Pulitzer Prize winning novel about Atticus Finch, a lawyer defending a black man in the Depression-era South. Gregory Peck delivers the performance of lifetime as the gentle father to Scout and Jem who must face the wrath of a town deeply divided by racial lines. The American Film Institute lists Peck’s portrayal of Finch as the #1 movie hero of all time.
In Marshall, Chadwick Boseman (Black Panther) highlights the early career of American icon, Thurgood Marshall. The film is based on an actual 1940s court case that brought Marshall—then a lawyer for the NAACP—to Bridgeport, Connecticut to defend an African-American man accused of the rape and attempted murder of a white woman. The cast features award-winning actors that include Sterling K. Brown, Josh Gad, and James Cromwell.