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208 | True Memories and Other Falsehoods
208 | True Memories and Other Falsehoods
Saturday, October 28 | 5 - 6 PM
Mary & Leigh Block Museum of Art
Pick-Laudati Auditorium
40 Arts Circle Dr | Evanston, IL | 60208
  • Members: $12
  • Public: $15
  • Students and Teachers: $10

When Netflix debuted Making a Murderer in 2015, audiences were both riveted and frustrated by this story of wrongful conviction partly based on eyewitness testimony from Penny Beerntsen, the victim of a brutal attack. In her forthcoming documentary, True Memories and Other Falsehoods, Northwestern University filmmaker Debra Tolchinsky hones in on Beerntsen’s account as part of a larger exploration of how memories are formed, implanted, and/or contaminated, especially in the context of the criminal justice system. Founder and artistic director of Facets Multimedia Milos Stehlik joins Tolchinskly in conversation.

This program is presented in partnership with the Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities.


Debra Tolchinsky, Associate Professor and Director of Northwestern University’s MFA in Documentary Media, is a filmmaker and curator. Her work has screened at the Sundance Film Festival, The John F. Kennedy Center, the Gene Siskel Film Center, and the Supreme Court Institute. Tolchinsky ranked No. 8 on New City's Film 50 and is a 2017–2018 Fellow at the Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities. She holds an AB from USC’s School of Cinematic Arts and an MFA from SAIC. Her current documentary (in production) concerns contaminated memory and the criminal justice system.

Milos Stehlik is founder and artistic director of Facets Multimedia, a leading national media arts center. Since 1975, he's been responsible for Facets' public programs which include screenings of foreign and independent films and video on a daily basis, the Chicago International Children's Film Festival and associated educational programs, as well as Facets Video, a pioneering catalog of over 65,000 foreign, independent, classic American, silent, experimental, fine arts and quality children’s films in digital formats.

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