Raising Awareness of Legal Issues Through the Power of Popular Films

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L&L Transmedia's Law Through Film Series continues with Benedict Cumberbatch in "The Fifth Estate." Following the free screening, attorneys from Chipman & Mazzucco will conduct a mock debate and T/F discussion around legal issues of government transparency and secrecy.

A three part series addressing how changes in technology impact the law and government resumes this Monday evening, March 23 at 7 p.m. at the Ridgefield Library on 472 Main Street in Connecticut. Underwritten by Danbury law firm, Chipman & Mazzucco, attorneys-at-Law Richard Land and Timothy Herring will facilitate audience participation by staging a mock debate following a film about government secrets and those who have exposed them.

"The issues are larger than where we stand on them - the urgent need for all of us is to decide our country's democratic processes work and to start actively participating in it. At least by voting - and an informed vote is even better," says Alexandra Lehmann, principal partner and creative director at L&L Transmedia. Alexandra started the Law Through Film Series seven years ago at the Ossining Public Library in Westchester County, NY. "Our mission," she says, "is not to create more polarity and gridlock - but to start people talking and caring." "Never before has it become necessary to demonstrate to the world that our democratic system, predicated on defending personal freedoms, functions." LTF creates a forum to learn and speak about relevant current moral, legal and political issues affecting us through the vehicle of popular cinema. Through this creative outlet, audience members are reminded of their responsibility to vote.

Only 36.4% of eligible voters voted in last year's midterm elections, the lowest turnout in 72 years. Approximately 68% of eligible voters turned out to elect President Obama in 2012. (Washington Post, 11/10/14)

Into its second year of supporting L&L Transmedia's LTF, Chipman & Mazzucco attorneys Richard Land and Timothy Herring came up with the idea to stage a mock debate that will help the audience to articulate the legal issues put forth in "The Fifth Estate."

Internet journalists and bloggers differentiate themselves from the fourth estate, a term that 18th Century Scottish philosopher Edmund Burke assigned to the press. Examining how traditional and new media function as two separate identities is only one of the themes in Monday's night's film and discussion.

After the free screening of Bill Condon's film, a mock debate will stir up opinion and reactions about how the audience feels about the Wikileaks video showing the U.S. military in action during the Iraqi conflict. Condon, who won this year's Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay (The Imitation Game), wrote "The Fifth Estate" in a way that shows how both sides are affected when a high level secret is leaked to the public.

Audiences are sure to collect a variety of take-a-ways, most of all, the ability to articulate their own voices.

The series continues on April 27 with "Submit" a documentary on cyberbullying. Thomas S. Leaf, Esq., will moderate together with a host of teenagers from local schools.

L&L Transmedia offers traditional and new media communication services for mid-market businesses in a variety of industries and fields. LTF started as a way for the advertising and marketing firm to give back to the community and has developed into its own an independent media program supported by non-profit organizations, law firms and a public university. For more information on L&L Transmedia's Law Through Film (tm), please contact Alexandra Lehmann
(914) 450-9598.

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