Clohesy Documentary Film Series returns to UNI

Posted on Thursday, September 17th, 2015

David O'Shields, UNI documentary filmmaker in residence and director of the Clohesy Documentary Film Series, 319-273-3791,

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Dawn Porter, an award-winning documentary filmmaker, will visit the University of Northern Iowa Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 5 and 6, to screen two of her works as part of the William and Stephanie Clohesy Documentary Film Series.

Porter will screen and discuss the following films in Lang Hall Auditorium:

7 p.m., Monday, Oct. 5, "Gideon's Army"

7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 6, "Spies of the Mississippi"

Before her filmmaking career, Porter graduated from Swarthmore College and Georgetown Law Center. She practiced law for five years before holding positions at ABC News and A&E Television Networks.

"Gideon's Army" won the American Bar Association's 2014 Silver Gavel Award for Media and the Arts and also received the Ridenhour Documentary Film Prize. The film, which follows three young public defenders in the Deep South who are trying to make "justice for all" a reality, was an official selection in the prestigious U.S. Documentary Competition at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. "Spies of the Mississippi" unveils a powerful secret, state-funded spy agency answering directly to the Governor that attempted to undermine the work of the Mississippi Freedom Summer coalition in 1964 to register black people to vote.

Porter is the fourth visiting filmmaker in the William and Stephanie Clohesy Documentary Film Series. The goal of the series is to bring the world's most distinguished documentary filmmakers to UNI. The series is sponsored by the UNI Department of Communication Studies and supported by the College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences, the Office of the President, the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost, and many friends of the series.

For more information, visit or contact David O'Shields, filmmaker in residence and adjunct instructor of communication studies, at 319-273-3791 or