Reporters Committee to host "Deadline" movie Washington premiere

Press Release | April 6, 2012

The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press will host the April 8 Washington, D.C., premiere of “Deadline,” a movie inspired by the true story of journalists investigating the decades-old unsolved murder of a young black man. Proceeds from ticket sales will support the Reporters Committee’s legal work on behalf of journalists.

“The Reporters Committee is excited to be part of the Washington premiere of ‘Deadline’, which shows the power of journalism to get to the truth of a story, no matter the obstacles,” said Executive Director Lucy A. Dalglish. “Every day we work with journalists to overcome those obstacles, and we are grateful to the filmmakers for the financial support this benefit premiere will give us to help sustain our work.”

The movie is based on the book “Grievances” by former Charlotte Observer Managing Editor Mark Ethridge, who also wrote the screenplay. “Deadline” stars Academy Award® nominee Eric Roberts and Steve Talley, a former high school newspaper columnist who also starred in several of the American Pie movies. A Transcendent film, “Deadline” was directed by Curt Hahn.

Tickets for the “Deadline” premiere April 8 at the Regal Gallery Place in Washington start at $25, with larger sponsor contributions available. Red-carpet arrivals start at 6 p.m., the movie begins at 7 p.m. and there will be a Q&A panel afterward with Ethridge, Hahn and select cast members. For more information, to order tickets and to view a “Deadline” trailer, go to

A generous anonymous donor has agreed to match any proceeds to the Reporters Committee up to $1,000.

About the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press

Founded in 1970, the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press offers free legal support to thousands of working journalists and media lawyers each year. It is a leader in the fight against persistent efforts by government officials to impede the release of public information, whether by withholding documents or threatening reporters with jail. In addition to its 24/7 Legal Defense Hotline, the Reporters Committee conducts cutting-edge legal research, publishes handbooks and guides on media law issues, files frequent friend-of-the-court legal briefs and offers challenging fellowships and internships for young lawyers and journalists. For more information, go to, or follow us on Twitter @rcfp.