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ITHACA, NY – Cornell University is pleased to announce the screening of two award-winning films in February, Shakespeare Behind Bars and Mickey B, with the directors of both films participating in Q&As following the presentations.

Shakespeare Behind Bars will be shown in Hollis E. Auditorium in Goldwin Smith Hall at Cornell University on Feb. 3 at 7:30 p.m. Director Curt Tofteland’s bold documentary chronicles the nine-month process of a prison production of Shakespeare’s final play The Tempest. Inmates in Kentucky’s Luther Luckett prison cast themselves in roles reflecting their own experiences and incorporate their stories, including tales of real-life crimes, into the plot of the play. As the prisoners rehearse and struggle to understand their characters, they uncover startling truths and confront personal demons on their road to redemption. Tofteland will host a Q&A following the film.

Mickey B will be shown in Hollis E. Auditorium in Goldwin Smith Hall at Cornell University on Feb. 4 at 8 p.m. Based on Shakespeare’s Macbeth, this adaptation tells the story of one prisoner’s quest for power through betrayal and murder, and the insanity and death that result. The raw and powerful film is written and performed almost entirely by prisoners serving inside Maghaberry Prison in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Mickey B won The Roger Graef Award for Outstanding Achievement in Film. Director Tom Magill will host a Q&A following the film.

Admission to the screenings is free and open to the public. These events are co-sponsored by University Lectures Committee, Office of the Vice Provost, Cornell Prison Education Program, Association of Graduates in Theatre, and Ordinary People.

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Michael Smith

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