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On Friday at 7 PM the Logan Center for the Arts will host South Side Projections' 16-millimeter screening of Attica, a 1974 documentary about the historic prison riot at New York's Attica Prison. That event inspired one of Al Pacino's most famous improvisations (in Dog Day Afternoon) and a superb Charles Mingus composition ("Remember Rockefeller at Attica," from the 1975 LP Changes One—see below). This film sounds significant too. According to the South Side Projections website, director Cinda Firestone "combines interviews with the participants [of the riot]—prisoners and hostages, police and civilian observers, government officials and lawyers—with documentary footage of the conditions that prompted the riot, the riot itself, the violent retaking of the prison, and the inquiries that attempted to sort out the truth of what happened."
The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with Michael Deutsch, an attorney who represented the Attica prisoners during their criminal trials, and Benneth Lee, a former gang member who took part in an uprising at the Pontiac State Prison in 1978.