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Source:  Chicago Sun-Times

A year ago, filmmaker Richard Rowley was shopping a polished version of his documentary, “Blue Wall,” about Laquan McDonald’s fatal shooting by Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke when he found a buyer in Showtime.  But Rowley made an unlikely pitch: What if they kept shooting for a few more months?

When Rowley wrapped shooting on “Blue Wall,” there was no trial date set for Van Dyke, Lori Lightfoot was just a local lawyer holding public meetings on police reform, and Rahm Emanuel was considered a lock to run for a third term as mayor.

Now renamed “16 Shots,” Rowley’s documentary keeps a similar 90-plus-minute run time.  But a major re-edit includes dramatic changes to the film’s third act to add scenes from inside the courtroom, of exultant community activists outside City Hall as Van Dyke’s guilty verdict is read, and a somber post-trial interview with Van Dyke’s lawyer.

“16 Shots” premieres June 14 on Showtime.

Read the story at the Chicago Sun-Times.

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