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THE IFP/CHICAGO FACETS FILM SERIES PRESENTS
The Retrial of Evan Zimmerman
Free for IFP and Facets members!
FACING LIFE: The Retrial of Evan Zimmerman, documents one man's choice to reject a tainted freedom in an effort to prove - to his family, friends, and everyone else - that he's not a murderer. "Facing Life" documents Zimmerman's decision to face the possibility of life in prison rather than accept an offer of freedom that would falsely brand him as a murderer. When Zimmerman's former girlfriend, Kathy Thompson, was strangled on her wedding night in February 2000, her husband had a perfect alibi - one that made Evan Zimmerman the perfect suspect. Although Zimmerman proclaimed his innocence and police had no physical evidence against him, Zimmerman was investigated, arrested, convicted, and sent to prison for life. Three years later - with help from law students and professors at the University of Wisconsin Innocence Project - Zimmerman won a new trial on appeal, and with it a second chance to clear his name. But before the retrial, the prosecution offered him a deal - plead guilty to a lesser charge and go free.
Filmmakers Shane DuBow and David Boodell follow Zimmerman and his defense team through their final trial preparations and then on to a startling conclusion in court - one that speaks both to the high cost of imperfect justice and to the difficulties of fighting convictions secured without the use of DNA.
Please join us for a Q&A with the filmmakers after the screening.