American Violet "American Violet" is based on the real-life story of Regina Kelly, an African-American single mother who lived in Hearne, Texas and courageously fought false felony drug accusations. RSVP to watch the film Dear ACLU of Texas Supporter, You are invited to an exclusive free screening of the film "American Violet," March 17 in Hearne, Texas. "American Violet" will be screened starting at 6 p.m. in the Darryl Moody Community Center in Hearne. The film is based on the true story of Regina Kelly, who lived in Hearne, the town where she was falsely accused of felony drug-trafficking charges based on the uncorroborated testimony of a single informant. Kelly successfully fought the charges with the help of the ACLU. Her case resulted in changes to Texas law. Watch the official trailer After the screening, Kelly and ACLU lawyer Graham Boyd will participate in a town hall discussion on the case and the making of the film. Kelly and Boyd will be joined by the film's writer and producer Bill Haney and actors from the film. "American Violet" is also scheduled to be screened at South by Southwest in Austin on March 15. Information about the March 15 screening can be found at the SXSW 2009 Web site. "American Violet" stars Academy AwardÂ® nominees Alfre Woodard and Michael O'Keefe, Emmy AwardÂ® winner Charles Dutton, Will Patton ("Remember the Titans"), Timothy Blake Nelson ("O Brother, Where Art Thou?"), Xzibit ("Derailed") and newcomer Nicole Beharie ("The Express"). The film opens nationwide April 17 in select markets.