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Harperman: A Dissident Serenade
Mon, 8 February 2016, 6:30 PM – 11:00 PM EST
This award-winning 90-minute documentary explores the issues raised by Tony Turner's suspension for writing a protest song will be launched at the Mayfair Theatre on Monday, Feb. 8th at 6:30 pm. The film, entitled "Harperman: A Dissident Serenade", recently won a Hamilton Independent Media Award for "Best Journalist, Social Justice/Human Rights". Director Cody Lanktree will be in attendance at this world première, along with Tony Turner and other key players who were interviewed for the documentary. Following the screening and a short Q&A at The Mayfair, everyone is invited to gather at the Georgetown Pub a few blocks away to chat about the film and hear Tony and others perform.
A word from the director, Cody Lanktree (HamiltonSeen):
Tony’s Turner’s "Harperman" protest song was posted on YouTube on June 22, 2015. Two months later, he was suspended from his job as a federal government scientist pending an investigation into whether his creation of this song breached his employer’s "values and ethics" code. We’ve had an election since then, but this policy remains in place, and all of our Freedom of Speech remains impinged. This documentary explores the fascinating and important issues this situation has raised.