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Mumia documentary has a release date

Tigre Hill has booked "The Barrel of a Gun" into the Merriam in September for a benefit. The ticket price holds significance.

Filmmaker Tigre Hill has finally pulled the trigger on the premiere of his latest documentary, The Barrel of a Gun, which explores the 1981 killing of Philadelphia Police Officer Daniel Faulkner, for which radio reporter Mumia Abu-Jamal was convicted.

It will screen at 7 p.m. Sept. 21 at the Merriam Theater -- a little more than a block from the scene of the crime.

Nearly 30 years later, the case inspires passion.

Hill, who began the project in 2006 and interviewed people on both sides (including such Mumia boosters as Ed Asner), says he has "rare new insight" and asserts that the killing was premeditated.

In a statement, Hill said: "My hope in telling this tragic story is to fully examine the events leading up to the early morning of Dec. 9, 1981, and the aftermath in the manner it deserves."

Tickets will go on sale July 16 at at two basic price points: $46.99 for general admission and $100 for a VIP ticket, which includes premium seating and entrance to an after-party at the Irish Pub at 1123 Walnut St.

Hill's statement says a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Daniel Faulkner Educational Grant Fund, which provides educational grants to children whose parents were the victims of violent crimes. Faulkner and his widow, Maureen, had no children.

Why $46.99? Faulkner's badge number was 4699.