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President Obama To Introduce "To Kill a Mockingbird" Telecast

By Rich Heldenfels Published: April 3, 2012

You may have seen my earlier post about the recent PBS Harper Lee documentary (which you can still watch online here).  Still, if you are going to see "Mocklingbird," I would recommend the DVD or Blu-ray to spare yourself even "limited commercials." That said, here's the Obama announcement:

USA Network, the American Film Institute (AFI) and Universal Pictures proudly announce the exclusive airing of “To Kill A Mockingbird” on Saturday, April 7th at 8PM ET/PT on USA, featuring a special introduction from President Barack Obama.

The airing on USA marks the first national broadcast of the digitally remastered and fully restored classic. Based on Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, the film tells the story of lawyer Atticus Finch (Gregory Peck) and his struggle for justice in a small community in Alabama. With its bold portrayal of racial injustice and strong message of tolerance, fairness and honor, the movie still resonates with audiences today. “To Kill A Mockingbird” will be presented with limited commercials.

“I’m deeply honored that President Obama will be celebrating the 50th Anniversary of ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ by introducing it to a national audience,” said Harper Lee. “I believe it remains the best translation of a book to film ever made, and I'm proud to know that Gregory Peck's portrayal of Atticus Finch lives on - in a world that needs him now more than ever.”

The American Film Institute lists “To Kill A Mockingbird” as one of the 100 Greatest American Films and names Atticus Finch as the No. 1 Film Hero of All Time. Premiered in 1962, the film earned eight Academy Award® nominations and three wins including a Best Actor honor for Gregory Peck, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Art Direction.

As part of Universal Pictures’ centennial, the company has made a major film restoration commitment of 13 motion picture classics including the restored “To Kill A Mockingbird” which was recently released on Blu-rayTM for the first time ever, offering over three hours of bonus materials including two full-length documentaries. USA’s airing of “To Kill A Mockingbird” underscores the network’s commitment to its award-winning Characters Unite public service campaign to combat hate and discrimination and promote greater understanding and acceptance. The initiative includes on-air programming and PSAs, digital content and community outreach and events.

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