Performing Arts Platform Series: <i>Gideon’s Army</i> Special Screening and Q&A with Film Director Dawn Porter


Cinema Arts
Location:  UCCA Auditorium
Language:  English with Chinese subtitle

As part of November's Performing Arts Platform Series , American film director Dawn Porter and producer Julie Goldman are bringing their documentary Gideon's Army (nominated for News & Documentary Emmy Award 2014) to UCCA. Through an unmodified lens language, the film follows three young lawyers in the southern United States in a critique of the American criminal justice system.

About the film

Gideon's Army follows the personal stories of Travis Williams, Brandy Alexander and June Hardwick, three young public defenders who are part of a small group of idealistic lawyers in the Deep South challenging the assumptions that drive a criminal justice system strained to the breaking point. Backed by mentor Jonathan “Rap” Rapping, a charismatic leader who heads the Southern Public Defender Training Center (now known as Gideon’s Promise), they struggle against long hours, low pay and staggering caseloads so common that even the most committed often give up in their first year. Nearly 50 years since the landmark Supreme Court ruling Gideon vs. Wainwright that established the right to counsel, can these courageous lawyers revolutionize the way America thinks about indigent defense and make“ justice for all” a reality?

Ticketing & Participation

UCCA Member: Free

Presale: RMB 10

Door: RMB 20

Presale tickets can be purchased on the UCCA website and on Douban.


*You can collect your ticket from the ticket desk 30 minutes before the event begins.

*No late entry.


Dawn Porter (Director/Producer)

Dawn Porter is the founder of Trilogy Films. She is Director/Producer of SPIES OF MISSISSIPPI, which will air on Independent Lens in 2014, as well as, GIDEON’S ARMY, which premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, and won the Best Editing Award in the US Documentary competition. GIDEON’S ARMY aired on HBO in the summer of 2013 and was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award and an Emmy. The film received numerous criminal justice awards including the Nation Institutes filmmaking prize. Dawn is an alum of the Tribeca All Access program, where she won the 2011 juried Creative Promise Award for GIDEON’S ARMY. Before becoming a filmmaker she was the Director of News Standards and Practices at ABC News, and Vice President of Standards and Practices at A&E Networks. Dawn is a graduate of Swarthmore College and the Georgetown University Law Center. She was a practicing attorney at Baker & Hostetler and ABC Television Networks before beginning her film career.

About the Performing Arts Platform Series

In March 2014, UCCA and Ping Pong Productions launched the Performing Arts Platform Series. Through a wide variety of performances, open rehearsals, performing arts workshops, master classes, arts management seminars, lectures, talks and discussions with artists, critics and scholars, this program series creates unprecedented opportunities for Chinese and international performing artists and audiences to meet and interact. It facilitates cross-genre and cross-cultural exploration, enriching cultural exchange and collaboration between Chinese and international artists, audiences and students.


Ping Pong Productions

Ping Pong Productions is a catalyst that brings China and the world together through the performing arts. As artistic ambassadors, they engage cultures through discourse, searching for points of cooperation, mutual exchange and understanding. They develop cultural exchange projects and facilitate creative collaborations between Chinese and international artists, scholars and audiences. With teams based in China and the United States, PPP has extensive experience providing production, consulting, management and planning services.