Deadline Movie Premiere

Benefiting The KSU School of Journalism and Mass Communication

The Cleveland Premiere of Deadline, the new movie starring Steve Talley and Academy Award nominee Eric Roberts, was Wednesday, March 28th. Hosted by Kent State University, the premiere benefited the University's School of Journalism and Mass Communication. 

"We’re excited to bring the Deadline premiere tour to Cleveland," said the movie's director Curt Hahn. "Deadline's a film that demonstrates the power of truth, justice, persistence and the local press as two newspaper reporters solve a cold case civil rights murder." The red carpet arrivals began at 6:00 with the Deadline premiere at 7:00. A Q&A with cast members including stars Darryl Van Leer and Clay Brocker, plus the reporter/writer who lived and wrote the story Mark Ethridge and director Curt Hahn followed the premiere.

The School of Journalism and Mass Communication provides professional undergraduate and master's programs within the liberal arts tradition. We teach students to gather information, to present it clearly and to think critically within a legal and ethical framework. We recognize our responsibility to serve as a resource for professional practitioners, for media consumers, and for Kent State University. This responsibility extends to the identification and inclusion of historically underrepresented communities. Our students consistently win top honors in national competitions.

Deadline Movie Premiere

March 28, 2012
Regal Crocker Park Stadium 16
30147 Detroit Road Westlake, OH 44145
6:00 pm
Red Carpet Arrivals
7:00 pm
Deadline Premiere
  • Uninvestigated
  • Unsolved
  • Unpunished
  • Until now.
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Inspired by a true story, Deadline is a powerful movie that viewers most often say reminds them of To Kill a Mockingbird.

" Deadline is a powerful movie with a very strong, Christian redemptive worldview about the search for truth and justice...Matt and Bullock’s adventures in solving this case take them into the communities, homes and hearts of both whites and blacks."

Renee Green, Movie Guide

Deadline is an important, terrific movie, with the kind of compelling story and fascinating characters that made The Help so engaging. Beautifully acted and directed.”
~ Dr. Linda Seger, Script Consultant on over 2,000 scripts and author of Making a Good Script Great

“I cannot wait to see Deadline again. It's been so much on my mind since the screening that I am hungry to see, hear, learn more about it. It's a wonderful movie, full of great stories and beautifully executed.”
~ Hank Klibanoff, Pulitzer Prize winner, Professor of Journalism, Emory University, Managing Editor, The Civil Rights Cold Case Project

"Curt Hahn has transformed Mark Ethridge’s story into a film that’s a larger heirloom of the American South. Deadline's greatest gift may be its ability to tap into the stains and fault lines of the South, but also into the region’s unfaltering resilience and ability to forgive and redeem."

~ Audra D. S. Burch, The Miami Herald

Deadline is a film about a murder mystery - grounded in fact, documented by journalistic credibility and dramatized in a way that is both entertaining and chilling.”

John Seigenthaler, Founder, The First Amendment Center

Deadline packs a powerful punch…a film that goes by quickly but has much to say while it does…appropriately economical when it comes to making its case without belaboring points, but it is not economical with the truth.”

~ Evans Donnell, Art Now Nashville

“I loved Deadline. It touched my heart. No, it touched my soul.”
~ Mike Pandey, Filmmaker and Chair of the steering committee for the International Film Festival of India

Deadline is a powerful movie with a conscience. Once in a while, a movie is made that affects social consciousness and creates a conduit for important change in one’s self, in one’s country. Deadline is one of these movies.”

~ Donna Peerce, Movie Blog

" 4 Doves! Deadline is a compelling and powerfully told film and we gladly award it our Dove "Family-Approved" Seal for ages twelve plus. This film shines as a beacon in the dark cesspool of racism."

~ Edwin L. Carpenter, Dove Foundation