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April 09, 2012
by BILL ZWECKER Columnist, The Chicago Sun-Times [email protected]

When Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaperman Mark Ethridge attended a reunion a few years ago, the longtime editor of the Charlotte (N.C.) Observer “never dreamed” he not only would cross paths with his prep school classmate, Curt Hahn, but that the two men would embark on what Hahn called “a journey that has truly changed both of our lives forever.”

“What we hope, as people walk out of our film, is that they realize just plain folks can make a difference,” Hahn said. “If you see a wrong, you can do something to make it right, and nothing is more restorative and redemptive than seeing justice finally served.”

March 26, 2012
Cincinnati-area premiere for 'Deadline'
by Mike Schell

Mason, OH (FOX19) - Deadline is an independent motion picture starring Eric Roberts that premiered Sunday night at the Regal Cinemas 16 in Mason.

Deadline is a movie about two reporters who track down a black man's killer and bring those responsible for his death to justice.

The timing of the movie's release with the recent Trayvon Martin killing in Florida is coincidental according to the movie's director, but the powerful message is still the same.

"Deadline is a story about a kid who was murdered for no reason other than the color of his skin. Unfortunately there's a lot of that going around it seems these days," said director Curt Hahn.

March 16, 2012
by Shawn McIntosh, Public Editor, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Some of the most rewarding moments of my career have involved stories that righted a wrong or brought about justice.

Which is why I so enjoyed an event sponsored by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, last week’s screening of a new movie about a pair of Nashville journalists who solve a murder that had gone unprosecuted for 19 years.

The movie, “Deadline,” is described as “inspired by a true story” and is loosely based on the reporting experiences of Mark Ethridge, a former managing editor of The Charlotte Observer.

March 11, 2012
by Jill Vejnoska, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Ronnie Bullock packs heat while he’s chasing a big news story.

He’s got enough groovy gadgets — a ballpoint pen that’s also a hidden camera! — to turn Woodward, Bernstein and MacGyver simultaneously green with envy.

Job stress? Not today, thanks.

“Oh boy,” Bullock (Atlanta native Eric Roberts) practically yawns in the passenger seat of a car stopped for speeding in a small Alabama town in “Deadline,” a new movie premiering here Wednesday night. Viewers get the feeling this veteran journalist’s been in way worse pickles before — and survived them all.

Probably enjoyed them more, too, if his disdainful assessment of the fast approaching, hostile-to-big-city-media lawman counts for anything:

“We got a cop with a big hat.”

March 07, 2012
An independent film inspired by a true civil rights cold case comes to Miami theaters
by Audra D.S. Burch, The Miami Herald

Mark Ethridge, a Pulitzer-Prize winning newsman, was talking about his book Grievances — based on a series of real-life articles he wrote about a racially motivated murder in a small South Carolina town — at a 40th high school reunion.

His former classmate, Curt Hahn, who runs a Nashville film company, listened intently, and as a socially conscious filmmaker, he naturally began to imagine the arc and possibilities of transforming a cold case and novel into a screenplay, a screenplay into a film, a film into a larger heirloom of the American South.

March 06, 2012

Once in a while, a movie is made that affects social consciousness and creates a conduit for important change in one’s self, in one’s country. As Robert Kennedy once said: “Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.”

“Deadline” is one of these movies.

March 06, 2012
by Adam Parker, The Charleston Post and Courier

It begins in Allendale County with the 1970 killing of an 18-year-old black man named Wallace Youmans.

And it ends with a feature film inspired by a novel based on that tragic episode and its aftermath. The novel, "Grievances," was written by a journalist who investigated the case and, many years later, wrote a screenplay.

The journalist-turned-screenwriter, Mark Ethridge, worked at the time for the Charlotte Observer. He would become its managing editor before turning his attention to fiction, history and other interests.

Ethridge, on a 2007 book tour, read from his novel at an Exeter Academy reunion in New Hampshire. Listening was his old schoolmate and movie director Curt Hahn, who was struck by the story and its message of social justice and redemption.

March 01, 2012
by Dallas Morning News Staff writer Leslie Snyder and The Associated Press

The independent film Deadline, which opens locally in two theaters on March 2, was inspired by the true story of how a newspaper helped solve a racially motivated killing in a small town.

The movie, which was filmed in Nashville, is about two investigative reporters, played by Eric Roberts and Steve Talley, who shed light on the slaying of a young black man that had never been investigated in the 19 years since it happened.

February 18, 2012
by Evans Donnell, Art Now Nashville

Transcendent’s Deadline is a film that goes by quickly but has much to say while it does. Its smoothly flowing 95 minutes are easy to follow, but the movie doesn’t condescend: it simply respects an audience’s ability to understand by not beating points into the ground.

The picture ably notes Southern faults and uniqueness while also acknowledging our strengths and shared humanity. Perhaps that’s because the film and the novel “Grievances” that inspired it come from the minds and efforts of people who’ve lived in the South, or because those involved know how to tell a cinematic story; most likely it’s a combination of both.

February 17, 2012

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — More than 1,000 people attended the world premiere of the independent film Deadline, which was made in Nashville and inspired by the true story of how a newspaper helped solve a racially motivated killing in a small town.