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  • Stefanie Collins
    This is a great, important documentary. If you are still in town, please come out and invite your friends. STefanie Steve Hall wrote:
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      This is a great, important documentary.  If you are still in town, please come out and invite your friends.

      Steve Hall <shall@...> wrote:
      From: "Steve Hall" <shall@...>
      To: "List-News@Standdown. Org" <list-news@...>
      Subject: [list-news] Austin screening of 'State vs. Reed' Thursday, June 8
      Date: Mon, 5 Jun 2006 10:33:36 -0500

      From Ryan Polomski

      You are cordially invited to a very special screening of our new documentary
      “State vs. Reed” this Thursday at the brand new theater at the George
      Washington Carver Museum and Culture Center.

      WHAT AND WHERE: The George Washington Carver Museum and Culture Center
      a free, public screening of the South By Southwest award winning
      Austin-made documentary State vs. Reed, this Thursday, June 8th at 7 PM, at
      1165 Angelina St., approximately one-half mile east of IH-35 and 11th
      The filmmakers will be in attendance.

      WHY: This is a unique opportunity to see this new film from local
      Ryan Polomski and Frank Bustoz that examines the explosive and controversial
      death penalty conviction of Rodney Reed of Bastrop, Texas prior to an
      ruling by the Court of Criminal Appeals expected this summer.

      Please call 512-417-2685 or write to rpolomski@... with any
      questions regarding this community event.

      BRIEF SYNOPSIS: Rodney Reed was a 28 year old African-American male living
      the margins of the small town of Bastrop, Texas with a rape charge and
      acquittal, as well as admitted drug use in his background. Stacey Stites
      was a
      19 year old, white grocery clerk who became engaged to a local police
      named Jimmy Fennel whom had allegations of violence in his own past. When
      Stacey ended up dead along a rural road outside of Bastrop, eyes turned
      Fennel for an entire year, until DNA found on the victim was finally
      to Reed. Reed claims a long-term consensual sexual affair with Stites,
      including one the night before she died, accounts for the finding of his DNA
      and the Stites fiancée knew of and was angry about the affair – lending a
      possible motive for the murder. Reed was eventually convicted of the crime
      sentenced to die, yet stinging questions still remain and many wonder if the
      truth has actually yet been found.

      Using exclusive interviews with those closest to the case, including
      defense attorneys, witnesses and Reed himself, along with archival footage
      authentic documentation, “State vs. Reed” asks the viewers to take a hard
      at the facts surrounding the accuracy of Reed’s guilt, the legitimacy of the
      conviction, and the state’s system that made it all possible.

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