HumanDocs Film Series: Gideon's Army

HumanDocs Film Series: Gideon's Army is in the past.

Lipscomb University's HumanDocs Film Series presents:

Gideon's Army

Wednesday, Oct. 16, 7 p.m.
Shamblin Theatre

Gideon's Army, by award-winning director Dawn Porter, follows the stories of three young public defenders in Mississippi and Georgia challenging the criminal justice system. They are backed by mentor Jonathan "Rap" Rapping, leader of the Southern Public Defender Training Center (now known as Gideon's Promise). Nearly 50 years since the landmark Supreme Court ruling Gideon vs. Wainwright that established the right to counsel, these three lawyers still work long hours and struggle against low pay to revolutionize the way America thinks about indigent defense.

Gideon's Army won the Editing Award for U.S. Documentary at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, the Knight Grand Jury Prize at the 2013 Miami International Film Festival, and the Candescent Films Award at the 2013 Sundance Institute. The film recently aired on HBO Documentary Films.

Director Porter is an alumna of the Tribeca All Access program where she won the 2011 juried Creative Promise Award for Gideon's Army.

The HumanDocs Film series is presented by the Lipscomb School of Humanities within the College of Arts and Sciences, in partnership with the Nashville Film Festival and Nashville Public Television.

This will be the Tennessee premiere of the film.

A panel discussion featuring experts will follow the showing:

  • Charles Bone, chairman of Bone McAllester Norton PLLC, the co-founder of the Dean Institute
  • Dawn Deaner, public defender of Nashville and Davidson County

For more information on this event, contact Ted Park at