Movie 'Deadline' Tells Story of Journalism and Justice
At Carolina Parent, we're excited about the Raleigh premiere of Deadline, a movie starring Steve Talley and Academy Award-nominee Eric Roberts, on Wednesday, April 18. We'll be out in full force to watch it.
You see, our boss wrote it and we're proud of him. It's a powerful movie with a powerful message.
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Mark Ethridge, president of Carolina Parenting Inc., fulfilled a dream in 2006 by writing a book titled Grievances, about the shooting of an African American teenager in a small southern town and the young, hotshot reporter who is consumed with the need to shine light on the tragedy and solve the killing.
"Deadline is inspired by a series of stories I worked on as a reporter about the murder of an African American teenager that goes unpunished, uninvestigated and unsolved until the press and the public step in. It's an unfortunate and recurring theme in America," Ethridge said, in a phone call from the Boston premiere. "It shows us how much society needs strong journalism, strong investigative reporting. We need to support the institutions that provide that."
Ethridge said the movie calls on society to fight evil, to call out injustice, especially if authorities aren't taking action.
"Evil exists," he said. "The question is how are we going to respond? If officials won't do anything or don't do anything, it's up to the press and the public to step in."
For months now, Ehtridge has been on a 46-city tour with the movie, going from place to place in a 45-foot tricked-out bus, for premieres that benefit important local causes.
"That's one of the really great things about the premieres, they benefit a good cause in each community," he said.
In Raleigh, the premiere, which is hosted by The News & Observer at Regal North Hills Stadium 14, will benefit the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina. Tickets start at $25 and can be purchased at the Deadline website. (www.deadlinefilm.com/raleigh). There's a red carpet event starting at 6 p.m. The movie screens at 7 p.m. After the film ends, Ethridge, director Curt Hahn and some of the actors are available for a Q&A with moviegoers.
"Raleigh is the next-to-last stop on the tour," Ethridge said. "There's been a wonderful opportunity at each of the events to engage with the audience in a discussion about the movie and about the issues in general. The discussions have been thoughtful and powerful, especially in the light of the Trayvon Martin shooting. It's on everyone's mind."
Pictured: Carolina Parent publisher Brenda Larson and Carolina Parenting president Mark Ethridge stand in front of the Deadline tour bus in San Antonio in March. Watch for the bus in Raleigh!