We are excited to host author Chuck Greaves for a discussion of his latest work of fiction, Tom & Lucky And George & Cokey Flo. This legal thriller is based on the real life events of 1936 during which the trial of Lucky Luciano, the then most powerful gangster in America, enthralled the nation. Greaves will offer a reading from the novel and recount his experience examining the original documents of defense attorney George Morton Levy.
About the Book:
Tom & Lucky (And George & Cokey Flo)
The year is 1936. Lucky Luciano is the most powerful gangster in America. Thomas E. Dewey is an ambitious young prosecutor determined to bring him down, and Cokey Flo Brown – grifter, heroin addict, and sometimes prostitute – is the witness who claims she can do it. Only a canny Long Island defense attorney named George Morton Levy stands between Lucky and a life behind bars, between Dewey and the New York Governor’s mansion.
The book, Tom & Lucky And George & Cokey Flo is also one of three finalists named for the 2016 the Harper Lee Prize, awarded annually to the best book of legal fiction.
About the Author: Chuck Greaves
Charles Joseph Greaves was born and raised in Levittown, New York. He is an honors graduate of both the University of Southern California and Boston College Law School who spent 25 years as a trial lawyer in Los Angeles before moving to Santa Fe in 2006 to pursue a writing career. He was, while still in practice, a frequent contributor of feature articles for Los Angeles Lawyer magazine, on whose editorial board he sat. He chaired his firm’s litigation department and served as President of the Pasadena Public Library Foundation.
Mancos Public Library invites the public for a special, all-ages Poetry Open Mic Night to celebrate National Poetry Month. Come along and celebrate poetry by reading your own work or the work of someone who has inspired you! Local poets David Feela and Tim Kercher will be reading some of their favorite poems that they have written. Registration is not required and sign-up is upon arrival. For more information visit call 970-533-7600.
Join us for a FREE advance screening of The Armor of Light. This film follows the journey of Evangelical minister Rob Schenck, who is trying to find the courage to preach about the growing toll of gun violence in America. A community discussion with local clergy and religious leaders will follow the screening. For more information about this screening please call 970-533-7600.
The film tracks Reverend Schenck, a well-known anti-abortion activist and fixture on the political far right, as he breaks with orthodoxy by questioning whether being pro-gun is consistent with being pro-life. Rev. Schenck is shocked and perplexed by the reactions of his long-time friends and colleagues who warn him away from this complex, politically explosive issue. Along the way, he meets Lucy McBath, the mother of Jordan Davis, an unarmed teenager who was murdered in Florida and whose story cast a spotlight on the state’s “Stand Your Ground” laws. McBath, also a devout Christian, decides to work with Schenck even though she is pro-choice. Lucy is on a difficult journey of her own, trying to make sense of her devastating loss while using her grief to effect some kind of viable and effective political action where so many before her have failed. The Armor of Light is the directorial debut of award-winning producer Abigail Disney (Pray the Devil Back to Hell; Women, War & Peace)
The Armor of Light follows these allies through their trials of conscience, heartbreak and rejection, as they bravely attempt to make others consider America’s gun culture through a moral lens. The film is also a courageous look at our fractured political culture and an assertion that it is, indeed, possible for people to come together across deep party lines to find common ground. For more information about this film please visit TheArmor of Light page on Independent Lens
Mancos Public Library is excited to offer an advance screening of Peace Officer, a film by Scott Christopherson and Brad Barber. A community discussion with local police officers will follow the screening. Winner of both the Grand Jury and Audience Awards for Best Documentary at the 2015 SXSW Film Festival, Peace Officer is the story of William “Dub” Lawrence, a former sheriff who established and trained Utah’s first SWAT team — only to watch in horror as that same unit killed his son-in-law Brian Wood in a controversial standoff years later. Driven by an obsessive sense of mission, Lawrence uses his investigative skills to uncover the truth about that incident and other officer-involved shootings in his community, while tackling larger questions about the changing face of peace officers nationwide. For more information about this screening please call 970-533-7600.
In the film, Lawrence’s long-term obsession with bringing to light the truth behind Wood’s killing is entwined with his investigations of other recent officer-involved shootings and SWAT team raids in quiet neighborhoods just miles from where his son-in-law was killed. Several of these cases are related to aggressive no-knock search warrant laws typical across the country. These events are contextualized within the growing problem of violent SWAT raids and governmental immunity laws established as part of the War on Drugs. Officers in cities and small towns are routinely armed with military surplus weapons and equipment, backed by federal incentives to use what they are given. These and other factors have led to a 15,000% increase in SWAT team raids in the United States since the late 1970s. Peace Officer follows Dub as he doggedly picks apart these cases with the zeal of a rule-of-law detective combined with the grief of a victim. For more information about the film and to see a preview of the film, visit: http://itvs.org/films/peace-officer or http://www.pbs.org/peace-officer/
Join us to honor Women’s History Month with a free screening of SUFFRAGETTE, the first feature film to tell the story of the ordinary British women at the turn of the last century who risked everything in the fight for equality and the right to vote. SUFFRAGETTE is a moving drama that will empower all who are striving for equal rights in our own day and age. The stirring story, inspired by the early-20th-century campaign by the suffragettes for the right of women to vote, centers on Maud (played by Carey Mulligan), a working wife and mother who comes to realize that she must fight for her dignity both at home and in her workplace. Realizing that she is not alone, she becomes an activist alongside other brave women from all walks of life. The early efforts at resistance were passive but as the women faced increasingly aggressive police action, the suffragettes become galvanized – risking their very lives to ensure that women’s rights would be recognized and respected. In addition to Mulligan, the cast includes Helena Bonham Carter, Ben Whishaw, Anne-Marie Duff, Brendan Gleeson, and Meryl Streep. Peter Schlessel, CEO of Focus Features, said, “SUFFRAGETTE is a story that will resonate with men and women across the generations; it is about parents and children, courage and dedication, and making hard choices.” The film is directed by Sarah Gavron and written by Abi Morgan. SUFFRAGETTE is produced by Faye Ward and Alison Owen. For more information about the film please visit http://www.focusfeatures.com/suffragette. For more information about this screening please call 970-533-7600.
Mancos Public Library is excited to present a free screening of the film, Running the Sahara, as part of the library series “Life Is An Adventure”. After the screening we will have a live video Q & A with Charlie Engle, one of the ultra-runners featured in the film. This documentary chronicles the attempt of 3 ultra-marathoners to run 4,300 miles across Africa’s Sahara Desert. The Expedition begins at the Atlantic coast in Senegal, moving through Mauritania, Mali, Niger, Libya, and Egypt, with a goal to reach the Red Sea in Egypt. This epic adventure requires running essentially two marathons per day, for more than 100 consecutive days. Running the Sahara is directed and produced by Academy Award™ winner James Moll and narrated and executive produced by Academy Award™ winner Matt Damon. “When I heard about what the runners were planning to attempt, I was blown away and determined to be a part of it,” said Matt Damon. The film focuses on the three runners: Charlie Engle from Charlotte, NC, Kevin Lin from Taipei, Taiwan, and Ray Zahab from Ontario, Canada, accompanied by a support team consisting of an MD, a physical therapist, and a logistics leader.
The film’s setting is the Sahara desert, a beautiful, yet harsh environment where temperatures range from 140 degrees Fahrenheit to below freezing, and sandstorms send winds miles into the air at speeds that can tear human flesh. “This was the most challenging production I’ve ever done,” says director Moll. “We could make another whole documentary just about the filmmaking itself.” Running the Sahara is a character-driven film that delves into the life-changing experiences of the three runners as they encounter diverse African cultures and tackle tremendous physical and emotional obstacles. “Ray, Kevin and I wanted to try something that had never been done before,” said runner and Expedition leader Charlie Engle. “We knew we’d battle extreme elements. What we didn’t anticipate was the human obstacles, like our group dynamics, and the people we would encounter along the way.” As a result of the expedition, the producers and Matt Damon created H2O Africa, a foundation formed to address the need for safe water in Africa. According to Damon, “Our work in Africa on the film inspired us to launch the H20 Africa Foundation, which has raised over four million dollars for safe water programs in the Sahara.” To watch the trailer visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qlLdZR6XElw. For more information about this film check out www.runningthesahara.com