Directed by Destin Daniel Cretton, the new film ”Just Mercy” is based on the memoir of the same name that tells the powerful and thought-provoking true story of young lawyer Bryan Stevenson and his history-making battle for justice. Starring Michael B. Jordan as Stevenson, Jamie Foxx as Walter McMillian and Brie Larson as Eva Ansley, the film follows the characters as they become embroiled in a labyrinth of legal and political maneuverings with the odds — and the system — stacked against them.
A free screening of “Just Mercy” will be held on Saturday, January 18, at 1 p.m. at the Regal Theater on Main Street in East Hampton. Doors open at 12:45 p.m. and the film will be followed by brief panel discussion. The screening is presented in partnership with the Hayground School and the Bridgehampton Child Care & Recreational Center.
“Just Mercy” embodies the filmmakers’ mission of forgiveness and redemption for people who have been incarcerated, and demands a fair legal system, free of extreme sentences. The timely showing of “Just Mercy” over Martin Luther King weekend inaugurates the event partnership between Hayground School and the Bridgehampton Child Care & Recreational Center (BHCCRC), and highlights their shared commitment to community conversation, connection, and outreach.
“This collaborative effort to open doors of dialogue within the community on issues that affect us all exemplifies Hayground’s focus as an educational organization and aligns with our school, camp and community vision,” said Lukas Weinstein, Director of Strategy and Partnerships at Hayground School. “Hayground could never achieve all that we do without our partners, so it’s truly an honor to work alongside BHCCRC to create such a meaningful community event.”
“We are so proud to partner with the Hayground to present this important film, ‘Just Mercy,’ to our community,” added Bonnie Michelle Cannon, Executive Director BHCCRC. “It is a perfect extension to the center’s Thinking Forward Lecture Series, ‘Equality Matters in the Hamptons’ — a series to educate and to open our minds and hearts.”
The film screening is free and open to the public. However, registration is necessary as seating is limited. To reserve a seat, visit just_mercy_screening.eventbrite.com. Registration ends on January 17.