12 Angry Men
Fine Arts Library Presents Screening of 12 Angry Men
What: Screening of Sidney Lumet’s 12 Angry Men for “Films in Person” series at the Fine Arts Library hosted by Dr. Mehdi Haghshenas. This event is free and open to the public.
When: Wednesday, April 27, 2016, 5:30 Refreshment, 6:00 Film Introduction followed by a Q & A session.
Where: Fine Arts Library, UT Libraries at Austin, DFA 3.200 –Reference Room.
Background: The Fine Arts Library presents a screening of 12 Angry Men for the “Films in Person” series, with Dr. Mehdi Haghshenas providing commentary on the film’s history and relevance. 12 Angry Men depicts the convulsions of a jury as it decides the fate of a teenage boy accused of murdering his abusive father. The film examines the jurors as they bring their disparate backgrounds, experiences and prejudices to bear on a decision that will determine the fate of the defendant. Dr. Mehdi Haghshenas is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Sociology who has worked directly with the Audio/Visual Media Collection staff in the Fine Arts Library to build a collection of films supporting courses that Haghshenas says, “concentrate on human relationships, human consciousness, social construction of reality, love and creativity.” Dr. Haghshenas’s significant and ongoing use of AV resources motivated FAL to add video streaming rights to many of the films used regularly in his courses. “Twelve Angry Men is a perfect film to support the course goals of Sociology of Creativity,” says Audio/Visual Collection Media Coordinator Gary Lay. “The film helps us better understand and appreciate the interconnectedness and interrelationship between “inner” (personal) and the ‘other’ (Social) reality.” The film was nominated in 1958 for Academy Awards in the categories of Best Director, Best Picture and Best Writing of Adapted Screenplay (though it lost to Bridge on the River Kwai) and is on multiple “best of” lists compiled by the American Film Institute. The event is free and open to the public, and special event prepaid parking ($3.00) for the E. William Doty Fine Arts Building can be purchased at the Parking & Transportation Services website.