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dateFebruary 26, 2015 timeThursday, 6:00pm EST location Jerome Greene Hall (Law School), Room 106, Columbia University
  • The Center for Justice at Columbia University
  • Center for the Study of Law and Culture
  • Free and open to the public
  • First come, first seated

The Heyman Center for the Humanities and the Center for Justice at Columbia present a film screening and discussion of the documentary film "The Cooler Bandits."

Over twenty years ago, four men from the North Hill neighborhood of Akron, Ohio committed a series of restaurant robberies. During the robberies the men locked the restaurant employees in the walk-in coolers, gaining them the moniker "the Cooler Bandits." Although no one was physically injured, the group received collective prison sentences of up to 500 years. From 2006-2013, director John Lucas follows the unfathomable journeys of Charlie Kelly, Donovan Harris, Richard “Poochie” Roderick, and Frankie Porter as they cope and survive despite the harsh realities of prison. "The Cooler Bandits" documents these men in their respective stages of incarceration as they fight to maintain relationships with family and friends, and reintegrate into society after spending their adult lives incarcerated.

The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with Lucas, along with two of “the Cooler Bandits,” Donovan Harris and Richard Roderick. Joining them will be the film’s producer and editor, Sam and Jason Pollard, respectively. The discussion will be moderated by Columbia School of the Arts Professor Jamal Joseph: director, writer, producer, and author of Panther Baby (Algonquin Books).

Watch the trailer for "The Cooler Bandits."