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The law has always provided ample fodder for filmmakers (see “The 25 Greatest Legal Movies,” ABA Journal, August 2008), and the public has demonstrated an insatiable appetite for it.

This month Fordham Law School will do its part to continue to whet the public’s appetite for the genre as it hosts its fourth annual film festival on its Lincoln Center campus in New York City.

The festival is part an ongoing series of public conversations about law and culture organized by the school’s Forum on Law, Culture & Society, says Ford­ham law professor and novelist Thane Rosenbaum, the forum’s director.

The film festival is a natural extension of the forum, which hosts a public conversation with a well-known person twice a year about the law and its relationship to society. “We talk about why it is that the public is endlessly fascinated by” the relationship of law to culture and society, Rosenbaum says. “We talk about this endless obsession, whether it is through film, television, dramatic arts or daytime television programs like Judge Judy.”

This year’s festival kicks off on Oct. 16 with the HBO documentary Shouting Fire: Stories from the Edge of Free Speech and continues through the week. Peter Bogdanovich is slated to speak after Otto Preminger’s 1959 classic, Anatomy of a Murder, is screened on the second night of the festival. Erin Brockovich is scheduled to speak after her eponymous movie is shown the following evening.

The festival is free and open to the public, but tickets are required for each event. Log on to for the schedule and ticketing information.

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See past conversations from Fordham’s Forum on Law, Culture and Society.

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