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LPB, IN PARTNERSHIP WITH SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY LAW CENTER, PREVIEWS THE GROUNDBREAKING INDEPENDENT LENS DOCUSERIES, PHILLY D.A.

Philly D.A. Preview Screening & Conversation - Monday, April 12 from 6-7:30pm

Louisiana Public Broadcasting, in partnership with the Southern University Law Center, presents a virtual preview screening of Philly D.A. on Monday, April 12 from 6-7:30PM. Philly D.A. marks the most ambitious episodic project to date for Independent Lens. The eight-part series takes viewers into the office of Philadelphia District Attorney, Larry Krasner, as he and his team work to transform the criminal justice system from the inside. The docuseries explores the most pressing social issues of our time—police brutality, the opioid crisis, gun violence, and mass incarceration – and brings viewers behind the scenes, giving them a vivid, firsthand look at a District Attorney’s office attempting to transform the culture of prosecution and the fundamental meaning of justice.

From the eye of this political storm, filmmakers Ted Passon, Yoni Brook, and Nicole Salazar gained unprecedented access into Krasner’s office. “These enormously talented filmmakers have used their extraordinary access to the District Attorney’s office in Philadelphia to tell a complex and nuanced story of national scope and importance that feels as contemporary as today’s headlines, with all the high stakes of a procedural drama,” said Lois Vossen, executive producer of Independent Lens.

The panel discussion that follows LPB’s preview screening will be moderated by Robyn Merrick, Vice President of External Affairs for the Southern University System, who says “Philly D.A. examines issues that are of consequence within the criminal justice system throughout the United States. We are fortunate to have such an experienced panel, who will offer their unique perspectives about why the topics in the film are important to the citizens of Louisiana.”

Panelists for the Philly D.A. preview screening are:

Angela A. Allen-Bell, Associate Professor, B. K. Agnihotri Endowed Professor, Southern University Law Center; Kelly G. Carmena, Criminal Clinic Supervising Attorney, Southern University Law Center; Alanah Odoms, Executive Director of the ACLU of Louisiana; and Josh Penn, Philly D.A. filmmaker and producer with the Department of Motion Pictures.

For details and to register for this free sneak preview of episode one of the docuseries Philly D.A., go to lpb.org/phillyda. Attendees will have the opportunity to take a live interactive survey by text or online during the screening and discussion.

Philly D.A. will make its broadcast premiere on PBS’s Independent Lens on LPB Tuesday, April 20 at 8PM.

More about Philly D.A.: In 2017, Larry Krasner, a civil rights attorney who sued the Philadelphia Police Department 75 times throughout his career, mounted a longshot campaign supported by activists and organizers. He ran on a bold pledge: to end mass incarceration by changing the culture of the criminal justice system from within. He shocked the establishment by winning the District Attorney’s seat in a landslide. Now, the bureaucrats he spent his campaign denigrating are his co-workers; the police he alienated are his rank-and-file law enforcers. Pressure comes from all sides of a system resistant to reform. Krasner’s unapologetic promise to use the power of the D.A.’s office for sweeping change is what got him elected; now that he’s in office, that same stubbornness threatens to alienate those he needs to work with the most.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania had one of the highest incarceration rates of any major city in the United States. And it’s become the epicenter of a historic experiment that could shape the future of prosecution in America for decades to come. From Krasner’s win in 2017 up to the present moment, Philly D.A. brings viewers inside the emotional, high-stakes work that Krasner and an ensemble of idealistic outsiders from different walks of life take on as they strive to overhaul an entrenched criminal justice system while grappling with detractors, political opposition and a skeptical public.

About Independent Lens: Independent Lens is an Emmy® Award-winning weekly series airing on PBS on Monday nights. The acclaimed series features documentaries united by the creative freedom, artistic achievement, and unflinching visions of independent filmmakers. For more visit pbs.org/independentlens.

About Louisiana Public Broadcasting: Since 1975, LPB has been the public television network for the state of Louisiana with stations in Alexandria, Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Lake Charles, Monroe and Shreveport. LPB is also affiliated with WLAE-TV in New Orleans. In addition to its award-winning documentaries about the history and people of Louisiana, LPB is dedicated to helping children throughout the state develop their literacy, math and science skills through its numerous educational outreach programs. For more information, visit lpb.org.