Las Vegas – Dubbed the ‘godfather of reality television’ for his work hosting and producing NBC’s smash show “Real People” John Barbour will present his award-winning documentary film “The JFK Assassination: The Jim Garrison Tapes” at UNLV’s Greenspun Auditorium on Friday, January 31 at 7 p.m. The screening is free and open to the public.
The documentary, which contains a rare and exclusive interview with former New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison, examines the investigation into the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Garrison, a longtime advocate of a federal government cover-up regarding Kennedy’s death, arrested and tried New Orleans businessman Clay Shaw for his alleged part, but was unable to get a conviction. Garrison, played by Kevin Costner in Oliver Stone’s 1991 hit movie “JFK”, maintained the belief that the CIA was ultimately behind the conspiracy.
“If Oliver Stone’s ‘JFK’ is a brilliant dramatic rendering of the Garrison investigations, then ‘The JFK Assassination: The Jim Garrison Tapes’ is an excellent documentary companion piece, punchy as a tabloid, vivid as an eyewitness report. Like all good dissident journalism, it jolts, provokes, raises doubts, opens our eyes. And asks, most crucially, that they stay open,” said L.A. Times Film Critic Michael Wilmington.
The film won the Documentary Award at the San Sebastián International Film Festival and received a Special Recognition Award by Werner Hertzog at the Vienna International Film Festival.
Immediately following the screening of the film, best-selling authors Dick Russell, Joan Mellen and Jim Marrs will present new findings about the assassination of JFK and answer any questions from the audience. The event will be broadcasted live on the UNLV TV website at http://unlvtv.unlv.edu/live.htm and viewers will have the ability to submit questions to the panel of experts via Twitter.