Hot topic in documentary series

Mar 08, 2014
In “Hot Coffee,” Stella Liebeck's personal legal battle over a spilled cup of coffee serves as a springboard into understanding our civil justice system.

Thomaston — Friends of the Thomaston Public Library presents its Friday Night Film Series with screenings weekly at 6:30 p.m. in the community room of Thomaston Public Library in the Thomaston Academy Building, 60 Main St./Route 1. March’s theme is Films Seeking Truth.

“Hot Coffee,” screened March 14, is a nonrated HBO documentary from 2011 that runs 88 minutes. The film examines the so-called "hot coffee lawsuit" in which a woman sued McDonald's after she spilled her coffee, suffering third degree burns, while trying carefully to remove the lid to add cream and sugar. “Hot Coffee” specifically looks at the reasons why the fast-food giant invested heaps of money to sway public opinion by branding her lawsuit as frivolous, with grave consequences for the general public.

Upcoming in this month’s series are: March 21, “Why We Fight” (2005, USA/France/UK/Canada/ Denmark); and March 28, “America Betrayed” (2008, USA). Friday Night Films are open to the public and free of charge, but donations are gratefully accepted. Light refreshments will be served.

The Thomaston Academy building is handicapped accessible from the rear entrance. For more information, call the library at 354-2453.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or

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