12 Years A Slave, A Conversation with Screenwriter John Ridley and Michele Norris

January 16, 2014 @ 12:00 AM – 2:00 AM
NPR Headquarters
1111 North Capitol Street Northeast
Washington, DC 20002

As movie awards season ramps up, NPR invites fans to attend a special conversation about one of the year’s most talked-about and nominated films. Wednesday, January 15, at 7PM (ET) at NPR HQ’s Studio 1, 12 Years A Slave writer and producer John Ridley talks about its making and impact with NPR correspondent Michele Norris. 

Through a conversation with Ridley, Norris will take the audience behind the scenes of 12 Years A Slave, offering an in-depth discussion of the social, historical and cinematic nuances surrounding the film and his writing process in adapting the story for the big screen. A Q&A session with Ridley will follow, moderated by Norris, whose Race Card Project fosters wider conversation about race in America on the radio, online and in communities nationwide.

Based on the 1853 memoir, 12 Years A Slave follows the life of Solomon Northup, a free man from upstate New York who struggles for his freedom and his humanity after being kidnapped and sold into slavery. The film is widely lauded by critics as one of the most visceral portrayals of American slavery ever brought to the screen, and is nominated for seven awards — including Best Screenplay — at the Golden Globes, which take place this Sunday. Ridley is an American novelist, director and screenwriter whose other films include Undercover Brother (2002), Three Kings (1999) and Cold Around the Heart (1997). 

NPR Presents: 12 Years A Slave, A Conversation with Screenwriter John Ridley and Michele Norris

Date: Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Time: Doors open at 6:30PM (ET) / Show at 7:00PM (ET)

Location: NPR Headquarters

1111 North Capitol Street, NE

Washington, DC 20002

Tickets: $15, http://bit.ly/1kqTAXq

Getting there: NPR HQ is accessible by Metro, located a few blocks from the NOMA – Gallaudet U/New York Ave stop on the Red Line. Bike racks and freeevent parking available.



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