SATURDAY, JUNE 24TH
NEVADA WOMEN’S FILM FEST
IS PROUD TO PRESENT…
For the powerful historical drama
Honoring actor Abigail Breslin & director Michelle Danner
5:30 PM Red Carpet
6:00 PM Premiere Screening: Miranda’s Victim (126 min)
Abigail Breslin & Michelle Danner, a conversation hosted by Dr. Heather Addison
Presentation of Vanguard Awards
This event is co-sponsored by the William S. Boyd School of Law at UNLV.
Abigail Breslin leads an all-star cast, which includes Andy Garcia, Ryan Phillippe, Luke Wilson, Donald Sutherland, and Mireille Enos. The film explores the story of the “Miranda Rights,” the legal disclaimers police must recite upon the arrest of alleged criminals. Remarkably, very few people know the story of Miranda and how it involved a brutal sexual assault on a teenage girl, a case where “silence” is often forced on victims, their own rights and pursuit of justice unheeded and unheard.
Academy Award© nominee Abigail Breslin rose to prominence as “Olive” in the critically-acclaimed irreverent antic comedy film, Little Miss Sunshine. She went on to establish herself in roles in such diverse projects as Definitely Maybe, August, Osage County, Zombieland and Stillwater. Breslin is a committed advocate and survivor herself of domestic violence and sexual assault.
Michelle Danner is a film/stage director, author, and acting coach. She is the Founding Director of the Creative Center for the Arts and the owner of the Los Angeles Acting Conservatory. Her past films include Hello Herman, Bad Impulse and The Runner. Of Miranda’s Victim, Danner says, “This is a story about courage and justice. Within the court of law, it was a case of personal justice, but what makes it fascinating is that it ends up becoming iconic justice.”
Miranda’s Victim is the first effort by any filmmaker to tackle this complex and critical corner of American crime history.
Dr. Heather Addison joined the Department of Film at UNLV as Chair in 2016. She is a film scholar who has taught a broad range of courses in film history, criticism, and theory. She studies Hollywood’s relationship to American culture, and has published her work in a large number of peer-reviewed journals. Her books include Hollywood and the Rise of Physical Culture (Routledge, 2003) and Motherhood Misconceived: Representing the Maternal in U.S. Films (SUNY, 2010), a collection of essays co-edited with Elaine Roth and Mary Kate Goodwin-Kelly.