November 26, 2009
William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe has opened in 7 cities, and will open in 13 more in the coming weeks and months. We add more dates all the time, so please visit our website to see if your city has been added to the list!
This Friday, November 27th, Disturbing the Universe opens at the Cable Car Cinema, in Providence, RI. Please share this with friends who live in the area. Click here for more information. Next up: Denver, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Minneapolis, Lake Park and Lake Worth, Florida (opening December 11th).
In New York City, the film has been extended for the third week in a row at Cinema Village! We hope to stay open in New York for many weeks to come so please tell your friends and family to come out and see the film.
I will be doing Q&A’s all weekend, after the 3:20PM on Friday (11/27) and after the 7:35PM shows an Saturday (11/28) and Sunday (11/29). I will be joined by my mother, Margaret Ratner Kunstler and Yusef Salaam, my father’s client, exonerated after serving 7 years in prison for a crime he did not commit.
Please join us! Click here for showtimes and tickets.
Sarah and I recently returned home from our openings in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Berkeley. We received a string of great reviews on the West Coast and you can read some of them here:
In California, the LA chapter and the Bay Area chapter of the National Lawyers Guild, World Can’t Wait and Libros Revolucion brought crowds out to see William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe. We also participated in two special screenings — one at UCLA Law School and the other at UCSB, hosted by KCSB. At the Q&A following the screening at UCSB, a man who referred to himself as a “reformed” FBI agent informed the audience that he had been one of the agents present during the 71-day standoff at Wounded Knee in 1973. He told us that “you haven’t lived until you have been cross-examined by William Kunstler,” and revealed that he was the agent who exposed the illegal wiretaps at the AIM leadership trial, one of a number of instances of government misconduct that ultimately lead to the case’s dismissal. At one of our screenings in LA we were thrilled to be joined by Chicago 8 defendant Tom Hayden who joined us for a post-film Q&A.
Gregory “Joey” Johnson, our father’s flag burning client from the Supreme Court case Texas v. Johnson, joined us for post-film discussions in San Francisco and Berkeley. Joey and I were also interviewed by Dennis Bernstein, host of Flashpoints on KPFA. At the radio station, we ran into a bunch of student protesters from the University of California, who in the past weeks, have taken to the streets in protest of university tuition hikes. We were completely refueled by their energy, courage, and commitment. You can listen to the radio show here. At our last Q&A in Berkeley, we were joined by a surprise special guest – American Indian Movement leader (and one of the stars of our film) Madonna Thunderhawk, who was in town to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the occupation of Alcatraz by Native American activists.
As a final note, Sarah and I want to recognize that while we have been celebrating the success of our film, we are saddened by the recent incarceration of our dear friend and comrade, Lynne Stewart, another star of our film. In 2005, Lynne was found guilty of conspiring to aid terrorists and lying to the government, in connection with her representation of Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman. On November 17, the appellate court affirmed her conviction, sent her sentence back to the trial court to reconsider as too lenient, and ordered her to begin serving her prison sentence. Lynne is currently incarcerated at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York City. Lynne was a movement lawyer like my father, who also believed in the zealous representation of his clients. Click here to find out more about Lynne’s case.
All Power to the People!