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The Trial of The Chicago 7 Post Screening Q&A

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FILM: 7:00 PM (PDT) | Q&A: 9:10 PM (PDT)

It was intended to be a peaceful protest against the Vietnam War at the 1968 Democratic National Convention. It transformed into a violent clash between protesters and Chicago police and National Guard troops. In one of the most notorious and riveting trials in American history, the federal government charged seven protest organizers of conspiracy to incite a riot and other charges. The film’s ensemble cast includes Sacha Baron Cohen as Abbie Hoffman, Jeremy Strong as Jerry Rubin, Eddie Redmayne as Tom Hayden, and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Bobby Seale, as well as Michael Keaton, Frank Langella, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, John Carroll Lynch, and Mark Rylance.

Q&A immediately following screening with award-winning director and screenwriter Aaron Sorkin



Aaron Sorkin is an Academy-Award winning writer and acclaimed playwright, who made his Broadway playwriting debut at the age of 28 with A FEW GOOD MEN, for which he received the John Gassner Award as “Outstanding New American Playwright.” Sorkin made the jump to feature films with his 1993 adaptation of A FEW GOOD MEN. The film was nominated for four Academy Awards® including “Best Picture” and five Golden Globes including “Best Screenplay.” He followed this success with screenplays for MALICE, THE AMERICAN PRESIDENT, CHARLIE WILSON’S WAR, and STEVE JOBS, which garnered him a Golden Globe Award for “Best Screenplay.”

In 2011, Sorkin won the Academy Award®, Golden Globe Award, Critics’ Choice Award, BAFTA Award, and Writers Guild Award in the “Best Adapted Screenplay” category for THE SOCIAL NETWORK. Sorkin also adapted MONEYBALL alongside Steve Zaillian with story by Stan Chervin, winning the Critics’ Choice Award and New York Film Critics’ Award for “Best Adapted Screenplay,” and went on to receive an Academy Award® nomination for “Best Adapted Screenplay.”

Sorkin made his directorial debut in 2017 with MOLLY’S GAME, which he also wrote. The film earned Sorkin “Best Screenplay” nominations for an Academy Award, Golden Globe Award, Writers Guild Award and BAFTA Award.

 For television, Sorkin created and produced NBC’s renowned series THE WEST WING, which went on to win a total of 26 Primetime Emmy Awards, including “Outstanding Drama Series” for four consecutive years from 2000-2003. For his work on the series, Sorkin twice received the Peabody Award and Humanitas Prize, as well as three Television Critics Association Awards and Producers Guild Awards, a Golden Globe Award and a Writers Guild Award. He also produced and wrote the acclaimed television series SPORTS NIGHT, STUDIO 60 ON THE SUNSET STRIP, and THE NEWSROOM.

In 2018, Sorkin premiered his Broadway stage adaptation of Harper Lee’s iconic American novel TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD. The production currently holds the title of the highest grossing American play in Broadway history. 

PETE HAMMOND - Host of the KCET Cinema Series

Pete is currently the Chief Film Critic for Deadline Hollywood. For the past 9 years he has also been Awards Editor and Columnist for Deadline where he covers the Oscar and Emmy Seasons. He came to Deadline from the Los Angeles Times where he covered the awards seasons for The Envelope and LA He is widely considered to be one of the pre-eminent awards season analysts for film and television.