The Case Of Convicted Murderer Jon Buice.
The Practices Of The Texas Justice System.
The Influence Of The Media In Criminal Cases.
In 1991, Jon Buice stabbed a gay Houston man to death in a drug-and alcohol-fueled haze. Buice was only 17 at the time. He admitted to his crime and was sentenced to 45 years in a Texas prison. Now, after spending more than half of his life behind bars, he is reformed. That’s what the prison system said when the parole board voted unanimously to release him. Even the gay community activist who helped police crack the case and put Buice behind bars says he deserves parole. Having taught literacy to other inmates while earning three college degrees, Jon Buice even has a job offer when he leaves prison. But Buice’s parole was rescinded and he remains under lock and key in a south Texas penitentiary.
Why? Because the parole process was subverted by a media backlash fed by lies, deception and political interference. This film is an intimate look at the redemption of a teenage murderer and society’s refusal to forgive.
The LBJ School of Public Affairs, in partnership with the William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law at the UT Law School, the LBJ School's Harvey Milk Society, and the LBJ School's Center for Health and Social Policy (CHASP), are proud to present an exclusive screening of "The Guy With The Knife".
This screening will be held on Thursday, November 5, 2015, in Bass Lecture Hall at The LBJ School (2315 Red River St., Austin, TX 78712). Doors will open at 6:30 PM, and the screening will begin at 7PM. After the film screening, there will be a Q&A panel with filmmaker Alison Armstrong, Jim Buice (father of the subject of the film), and Houston LGBT Activists.
Alison Armstrong is a journalist/filmmaker who has worked as a documentary producer and writer for over 20 years. Her radio documentary “A Texas Tragedy” about the Andrea Yates case was nominated for a New York City Radio Award.
For more information about the film, visit www.theguywiththeknife.com