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NPR Presents
12 Years a Slave: A Conversation with Screenwriter John Ridley and Michele Norris
at NPR HQ
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 7:00PM

Studio 1
1111 North Capitol NE
Washington, DC 20002
North Capitol NE and L Street NE
NPR HQ is accessible by Metro, located a few blocks from the NOMA – Gallaudet U/New York Ave stop on the Red Line. Bike racks and free event parking also available.


“The most vivid and authentic portrayal of American slavery ever captured on screen.” Henry Louis Gates, Harvard University Professor

“Easily the greatest feature film ever made about American slavery.” David Denby, Film Critic, The New Yorker

With movie season in full swing, NPR invites fans to attend a special conversation about one of the year's most talked-about and nominated films. Next Wednesday, January 15 at 7PM (ET) at NPR HQ’s Studio 1, 12 Years A Slave writer and producer John Ridley talks about its making and impact with NPR correspondent Michele Norris. Tickets for the event are $15 and available now.

Through a conversation with Ridley, Norris will take the audience behind the scenes of 12 Years A Slave, winner of the Golden Globes for Best Motion Picture Drama, offering an in-depth discussion of the social, historical and cinematic nuances surrounding the film and his writing process in adapting the story for the big screen. A Q&A session with Ridley will follow, moderated by Norris, whose "Race Card Project" fosters wider conversation about race in America on the radio, online and in communities nationwide.

Based on the 1853 memoir, 12 Years A Slave follows the life of Solomon Northup, a free man from upstate New York who struggles for his freedom and his humanity after being kidnapped and sold into slavery. The film is widely lauded by critics as one of the most visceral portrayals of American slavery ever brought to the screen, and was nominated for seven awards -- including Best Screenplay -- at the Golden Globes this Sunday. Ridley is an American novelist, director and screenwriter whose other films include Undercover Brother (2002), Three Kings (1999) and Cold Around the Heart (1997).