Film produced by OHIO alumnus Kyle Bowser to be co-sponsoerd by Scripps Diversity Committee
ATHENS, Ohio (Sept. 9, 2019)—A film entitled “Trial By Jury: The Case of the N Word,” produced by 1980 Ohio University alumnus Kyle Bowser, of Res Ipsa Media, will be screened for the public on Sat., Sept. 14, at 2 p.m. at the Athena Cinema in Athens, Ohio.
The film explores the history and polarizing nature of the word and examines its power, cultural implications and impact.
“’Trial By Jury’ was developed to address our increasing gravitation toward silos of political punditry and social media vitriol that affirm singular strains of ideology,” said Bowser. “We communicate in echo chambers that reverberate a reliance on sameness and reject the time-honored tradition of consensus building. The African American experience consistently affirms and disputes our founding ideals, to include the perpetual dilemma of black identity.”
The presentation, cosponsored by the Scripps College of Communication Diversity Committee and the Center for Law, Justice and Culture, will be followed by an interactive deliberation.
“The Diversity Committee is proud to help bring ‘Trial by Jury’ to the Ohio University and Athens community,” said Atish Baidya, multimedia content creator at WOUB Public Media and chairperson of the Scripps College Diversity Committee. “It is our hope the event will serve as a powerful learning experience for all those in attendance.”
The screening coincides with the University’s triennial Black Alumni Reunion event, and Bowser thinks the presentation will resonate with attendees.
“The Ohio University Black Alumni Reunion presents an opportune moment to share multigenerational perspectives on this ever-present issue,” he said. “A filmed trial and jury deliberation establish evidentiary considerations for the audience to weigh during an open forum discussion, before ultimately voting to determine a verdict. All rise!”
Bowser has worked as an entertainment industry executive for more than three decades. His experience spans the areas of film, television, music, theater, radio, and new media. A native of Philadelphia, Penn., Bowser earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Ohio University in Radio/Television Communications. He earned his Juris Doctor degree from Widener University School of Law. He lives in LA with his wife, Yvette Lee Bowser, and their two sons, Evan and Drew.
This event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited to the first 200 attendees.