Fwd: [list-news] Austin screening of 'State vs. Reed' Thursday, June 8
- This is a great, important documentary. If you are still in town, please come out and invite your friends.STefanie
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
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 Reeds guilt, the legitimacy of the
conviction, and the states system that made it all possible.
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