The media's portrayal of women, McDonald's hot coffee, Christian music featured in film this fall

By Janel Shoun on 10/19/2011

   
   

Nov. 30
HumanDocs Film Series presents Hot Coffee
8:30 p.m., Ward Hall
Free and open to the public

 
The HumanDocs Film Series, hosted by the College of Arts and Sciences at Lipscomb University will host a free public screening of Hot Coffee, at 8:30 p.m. in Ward Hall.
 
This film explores how Americans scoffed at the famous hot coffee lawsuit against McDonald's, laughing off the case as simply another example of a litigation-obsessed society. Now, 15 years later, Hot Coffee asks why the case -- if so frivolous -- garnered so much attention and what that steaming cup of coffee really did.

Seinfeld mocked it. Letterman ranked it in his top ten list. And more than fifteen years later, its infamy continues. Everyone knows the McDonald’s coffee case. It has been routinely cited as an example of how citizens have taken advantage of America’s legal system, but is that a fair rendition of the facts? Hot Coffee reveals what really happened to Stella Liebeck, the Albuquerque woman who spilled coffee on herself and sued McDonald’s, while exploring how and why the case garnered so much media attention, who funded the effort and to what end. After seeing this film, you will decide who really profited from spilling hot coffee.

HumanDocs is a social-justice documentary series that aims to create a more just, peaceful and inclusive university and city. The showing of Hot Coffee is presented by partners Nashville Public Television, the Nashville Film Festival, The Lipscomb University College of Business and the Dean Institute for Corporate Governance and Integrity.

For more information please contact Ted Parks at 966.6616 or ted.parks@lipscomb.edu

 

 Other Films This Fall

 

Director Jennifer Siebel Newsom (right) with a fellow Miss Rep filmmaker
Lipscomb University’s College of Arts and Sciences and the HumanDocs Film Series hosted in October two on-campus screenings of the documentary film Miss Representation, which explores how the media’s misrepresentation of women has led to the underrepresentation of women in positions of power and influence.
 
Additional films shown on campus by the College of Arts and Sciences this fall included Pray the Devil Back to Hell in September and in November Steve Taylor is Not Dead, about the life of the Christian music pioneer, filmmaker and producer for such bands as Sixpence None the Richer and Newsboys.