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2009.10.30 > For Immediate Release
contact: Tim Kaldahl - University Relations
phone: 402.554.3502 - email: tkaldahl@unomaha.edu

Consultant to "The Insider" Speaking at Film Streams

Omaha - Film Streams, the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Department of History and UNO College of Arts and Sciences, in conjunction with the University of Nebraska Foundation, will host a special screening of the film “The Insider” on Tuesday, Nov. 17. The collaborative event, which starts at 6:30 p.m. at Film Streams’ Ruth Sokolof Theater, will feature a post-film discussion with environmental attorney Charles J. Mikhail, who played a leading role in building the real-life case against Big Tobacco that “The Insider” is based on.

Mikhail also served as a consultant for the movie, working personally with director Michael Mann and his crew, including actors Al Pacino and Russell Crowe. “The Insider” tells the true story of a “60 Minutes” television series exposè of the tobacco industry, as seen through the eyes of a real tobacco executive, Jeffrey Wigand.

The “60 Minutes” story, which aired in November 1995, became a critical piece in the case made by a number of states against the tobacco companies that ultimately resulted in a $246 billion settlement by the industry. The film came out in 1999.

The screening is free for UNO staff, faculty and students with a valid UNO ID. However, free tickets are limited in number and will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Otherwise, admission to the event is $8 general, $6 for seniors, students and teachers, and $4 for Film Stream members. Advance tickets can be purchased online at www.filmstreams.org. Film Streams’ Ruth Sokolof Theater is located in downtown Omaha at 1340 Webster St.

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