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Zoom Event with Oscar-nominated Director of “Gabby Giffords Won’t Back Down” (8/3 6:30pm)
August 3, 2022 @ 6:30 pm - 7:15 pmFree
Oscar-nominated documentary director Julie Cohen (past works include the acclaimed “RBG” about Ruth Bader Ginsburg) will give a special Zoom talk + Q&A to Charlottesville on August 3rd at 6:30pm for her just-released film “Gabby Giffords Won’t Back Down” (see trailer here). The new movie tells the extraordinary story of former Arizona Congresswoman Gabby Giffords’ relentless and ultimately successful fight to recover from a 2011 assassination attemp, and her new life as one of the most effective activists in the battle against gun violence.
Zoom link to the event:
The documentary is now playing in theaters nationwide (has been at Violet Crown locally) and on August 5th becomes available for viewing on Amazon, AppleTV, iTunes, and other streaming services. Produced in partnership with CNN Films and Time Studios, the film features:
- exclusive stunning videos taken in the weeks following her near-death
- a close-up portrait of her marriage to former-astronaut now Arizona US Senator Mark Kelly that has sustained her through her ordeal
- interviews with Pres. Barack Obama, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, Rep. Jim Clyburn, and other friends and colleagues
Julie’s team spent two years following Gabby, one of our nation’s most inspirational figures in the fight against gun violence; CBS News’ Jane Pauley last week called her “the face of a movement“. In her Q&A she will answer audience questions about Gabby and her special relationship with Sen. Kelly, provide insights into our national gun debate, and share behind-the-scenes anecdotes from her work with Gabby and other documentaries.
We’ve organized the event, which is co-sponsored by Moms Demand Action Charlottesville, The B.U.C.K Squad, and Students Demand Action at UVA (the latter three groups are not affiliated with the Democratic Party) to continue bringing attention to the curse of gun violence and spotlight the work citizen activists are doing locally and nationwide.
About Julie Cohen — Julie is the Academy Award® nominated director and producer of RBG (Magnolia, CNN Films, 2018) along with Betsy West. Other films she’s directed with West include the Academy Award shortlisted JULIA (Sony Pictures Classics), the Peabody Award winning My Name is Pauli Murray (Amazon Studios) and their latest: Gabby Giffords Won’t Back Down (CNN Films, Briarcliff Entertainment). Previous films she’s directed include American Veteran (which screened at the Virginia Film Festival), The Sturgeon Queens, and I Live to Sing. Before she started making documentaries, Julie was a longtime producer for Dateline NBC.