One Book... event: 'The Cooler Bandits' premiere
Indiana University Northwest's One Book ... One Campus ... One Community reading initiative kicks into high gear Saturday, Oct. 4 with the screening of a highly anticipated documentary that will fuel the discussion of the themes in the latest book selection for the 2014-15 academic year, The New Jim Crow, by Michelle Alexander.
Directed by John Lucas, The Cooler Bandits follows four young men who, in 1991, committed a series of restaurant robberies in Akron, Ohio. Their actions resulted in enormous consequences that forever altered their lives. Despite no one being injured as a result of their crimes, the teenagers received prison sentences of up to 500 years. The film examines the staggering statistic of African-American men who are branded as felons for life. The documentary follows the friends through various stages of their incarceration and their struggles to confront their futures.
The campus and community are invited to the free screening beginning at 5 p.m. in the Bruce. W. Bergland Auditorium, A question and answer session will follow the film, giving the audience an opportunity to hear directly from the film's creator, as well as some of the men featured in the film.
To learn more, and view the film trailer, visit http://coolerbandits.com
Admission is free, but seating is limited, so please arrive early.