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Filmmaker donates $15,000 to L.A. high school for journalism

January 9, 2012 | 12:06 pm

Charles Evans, the director of a documentary aimed at exposing big tobacco's systematic cover-up of scientific evidence showing nicotine to be addictive, has donated $15,000 to Daniel Pearl Magnet High School, officials said Monday.

The donation will be used to support the school's journalism offerings, the Los Angeles Unified School District said.

"We look forward to welcoming these new filmmakers and journalists into an industry that sorely needs young people with the idealism, skill and the passion for truth in reporting," Evans said in a statement.

On Tuesday, students at the San Fernando Valley school will screen Evans' film, "Addiction Incorporated," in a school assembly.

The film -- a project that took 15 years to complete -- highlights the work of Victor DeNoble, a scientist who became the whistleblower who revealed the tobacco industry's intentions of making its products highly addictive.

Students will also take part in a panel discussion with Evans, DeNoble and investigative journalist Myron Levin, formerly of the Los Angeles Times. The three will also have lunch with the staff of the high school's student newspaper.


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