The House I Live in provides a deeper look into America’s war on drugs and its policy failures.
Director, Eugene Jarecki, journalist, David Denby, and professor, Deborah Denno, joined FOLCS for a screening and discussion.
Eugene Jarecki (Director, Writer & Producer) is an award-winning filmmaker, public thinker, and author. His recent film Reagan, which examines the life and legacy of the 40th president, received wide critical acclaim after premiering at the Sundance Film Festival and on HBO for the occasion of Reagan’s 100th birthday. In 2010, Jarecki worked alongside Morgan Spurlock and Alex Gibney as director of a documentary film inspired by the bestselling book Freakonomics. Earlier that year, he directed Move Your Money, a short online film encouraging Americans to move their money from “too big to fail” banks to well-rated community banks and credit unions. The film went viral, becoming an online sensation with over seven million hits in just its first three weeks online.
Jarecki’s 2006 film, Why We Fight, winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival and a Peabody Award, has been broadcast in over 40 countries and released theatrically in over 250 US cities. In 2009, Simon & Schuster published Jarecki’s acclaimed book, The American Way of War: Guided Missiles, Misguided Men, and a Republic in Peril, which explores how militarism disfigures America’s foreign and defense policies as well as its broader national priorities.
In addition to his work in film, Jarecki is a thinker on international affairs, and has appeared on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Charlie Rose, The Colbert Report, FOX News, CNN, PBS NOW, BBC World, NPR, MTV, The Tavis Smiley Show, Current TV, Clear Channel, Pacifica Radio, and Sirius Radio. He also has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, Financial Times, Daily News, Village Voice, New Yorker, New York Observer, Vanity Fair, GQ, and Newsday.
David Denby was born in 1943 in New York and was educated at Columbia and Stanford. He has been a film critic for The Atlantic Monthly, The Boston Phoenix, New York magazine, and, since 1998, The New Yorker. His books include Great Books, an account of his return to Columbia to re-take, at the age of 48, the college’s required courses in Western classic, and American Sucker, which chronicled his immersion in the tech-investing mania of the late nineties. He is currently working on a book about teaching literature to 15-year-olds.
Professor Deborah Denno is the Arthur A. McGivney Professor of Law at Fordham University School of Law. She received her B.A. from the University of Virginia, her M.A. from the University of Toronto, her Ph.D. in criminology from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and her J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, where she was the Managing Editor of the University of Pennsylvania Law Review. Prior to joining the Fordham Law faculty in 1991, Professor Denno clerked for Anthony J. Scirica, now Chief Judge of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, and worked as an associate at Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett. At Fordham Law School, she primarily teaches criminal law, criminal procedure, torts, and various seminars on advanced criminal law topics including rape and social science evidence. Professor Denno was a member of the United States Sentencing Commission’s Drugs/Violence Task Force, and has visited on the faculties of Columbia Law School and Vanderbilt Law School. She has also been a Visiting Professor of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School, a Visiting Senior Fellow at the School of Advanced Study at the University of London, and a British Academy Visiting Professor at the London School of Economics. In 2007, the National Law Journal selected Professor Denno as one of its “Fifty Most Influential Women Lawyers in America.”