Me Facing Life: Cyntoia’s Story

Thu, 02/24/2011 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Cyntoia rides to the courthouse during her criminal trial.

Credit: Courtesy of Daniel H. Birman

WXXI's Community Cinema invites you to a free screening of the Independent Lens feature film Me Facing Life: Cyntoia’s Story.

Join us Thursday, February 24 at 7 p.m. as WXXI's Community Cinema presents a screening of Me Facing Life: Cyntoia’s Story. The event is free and open to the public. The screening will be held at WXXI's Studios and followed by a panel discussion.

Me Facing Life is about Cyntoia Brown a 16 year old girl who had a life full of bad decisions that led her to a situation of killing a man who picked her up for sex. She is now facing a life sentence in a Tennessee prison. Cyntoia's Story takes a look at some of the difficult social issues concerning a 16-year-old girl who is serving a life sentence for murder.

The filmmaker spent 6 years exploring Cyntonia’s life and family relationships to try and understand how and why this happened. This documentary allows the audience to push aside the violence and take a glance into her childhood filled with bad decisions and family problems that has led her to where she is today.

WXXI's panelist include:

Adam McFadden, Councilmember, South District

Councilmember Adam McFadden is committed to restoring the overall quality of life for the constituents of the South District in Rochester, New York. A lifelong Rochester resident, Councilmember McFadden has been a 19th Ward resident for more than 34 years. Having been nurtured, schooled and employed in the district, Councilmember McFadden is intimately familiar with the needs of this ethnically diverse community which consists of 55,000 constituents in several communities which include: 19th Ward, SWAN, Cornhill, Upper Mount Hope, PLEX Ellwanger-Barry, Highland, South Wedge, Strong and Susan B. Anthony. A product of the Rochester City School District, Councilmember McFadden attended Schools #37 and #41, Charlotte J.S.H.S and graduated from Edison Tech. At present, Councilmember McFadden, 39 is one of the youngest members of the City Council but he brings a wealth of experience to the Council where he has been assigned to several Committees. He Chairs Public Safety and Recreation Committee, and is a member of Parks and Public Works Committee. 



James McCauley Jr., Director of Operations for Camp Good Days and Special Times

James McCauley worked for twenty-eight years for the County of Monroe in Child Support Enforcement and Human Resources before joining Camp Good Days and Special Times as Director of Operations. He coached Pop Warner Football at the Baden St. Settlement for more than twenty years, and still support smany of Baden St.'s causes. An East High and St. John Fisher College graduate, James and his wife are the parents of three, and are life-long resident of Rochester, New York.

Timothy M. Lexvold, Senior Deputy Monroe County Attorney

Timothy M. Lexvold earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Chicago and his J.D. at New York Law School. He was initially employed as a trial attorney with the Monroe County Public Defender’s Office where he represented criminal defendants for over fifteen years. He has been a Deputy County attorney in the Monroe County Attorney’s Office for the last eleven years, the first six in the Litigation Section where he represented Monroe County and its departments and employees in various civil actions. He has been assigned to the Presentment Agency where he prosecutes Juvenile Delinquency matters in Monroe County Family Court since 2005. He became the supervising attorney for the Presentment Agency in 2009.