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GUPI Premiers in Washington DC
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Dear Michael;

Tuesday night Guilty Until Proven Innocent premiered at the Avalon Theater in Washington DC to a near capacity audience. It was a moving experience for those in attendance. The theater was filled with individuals who had some level of familiarity with the family courts.

There was a police officer whose future career is uncertain because he can no longer carry a sidearm due to a serial accusers false allegations of abuse. Then came a grandmother and sister who have been denied any relationship with, and access to, the children of their son and brother after he could no longer withstand the pressure of family court and ended his life.

One fellow traveled over 500 miles to attend the opening of the film and another guy who had just spent 10 days in jail for non-payment of $250 in child support for a daughter who lives with him also attended. Pastors, professors and social workers who share an interest in the topic attended. For 50 minutes people were riveted as they saw five fathers talk bluntly about the devastating impact family court had on their lives and relationships with their children.

Washington Post columnist Janice D’Arcy wrote this article about the film. We made no pretense of telling this family court story from any perspective other than that of fathers. The fact that 84% of children who are not living with both their parents live without their dads says plenty about where the problem lies. D’Arcy is correct when stating the family court reform dialogue is overdue. Read the article and leave your polite opinion and commentary on the subject.

The after showing question and answer session with Maryland legislator Jill Carter, Filmmaker Janks Morton and 100 Fathers CEO Frankly Malone was excellent. The audience was about equal numbers men and women. It was racially diverse as well. As we’ve noted many times everyone, regardless of race, sex, political affiliation or socio-economic status, has an interest in reforming family law. A number of people committed to becoming active in effort to change the system.

If you have not seen the film you can pick up a copy at www.gupifilm.com.

Plans are developing to undertake similar types of showings in communities around the nation. Stay tuned.