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Witch Hunt -- Witch Hunt chronicles the unraveling of a town's justice system at the hands of a corrupt district attorney concerned about power not justice.


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The story of several families who have their lives destroyed when their hometown is whipped into a frenzy by allegations of child molestation. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Jack Cummings ... Himself - Accused of Child Molestation
Jackie Cummings ... Herself - Accused of Child Molestation
Allen Grafton ... Himself - Accuser
Ed Jagels ... Himself - Kern County District Attorney (archive footage)
Brenda Kniffen ... Herself - Accused of Child Molestation
Scott Kniffen ... Himself - Accused of Child Molestation
Carla Modahl ... Herself - Daughter of Jeffrey Modahl
Jeffrey Modahl ... Himself - Accused of Child Molestation
Victor Monge ... Himself - Accuser

Sean Penn ... Himself - Narrator
Marcella Pitts ... Herself - Accused of Child Molestation
Rick Pitts ... Himself - Accused of Child Molestation
Kathleen Ridolfi ... Herself - Northern California Innocence Project (as Kathleen 'Cookie' Ridolfi)
Ed Sampley ... Himself - Accuser
Linda Starr ... Herself - Northern California Innocence Project
John Stoll ... Himself - Accused of Child MolestationHimself - Accused of Child Molestation
John Van de Kamp ... Himself - Former California Attorney General
Donny Youngblood ... Himself - Former Kern County Sheriff's Detective Commander

Directed by
Don Hardy Jr. 
Dana Nachman 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Dana Nachman  writer

Produced by
Don Hardy Jr. .... co-producer
Dana Nachman .... co-producer
Sean Penn .... executive producer
Original Music by
Joe Rosato Jr. 
Cinematography by
Dan Gillett 
Don Hardy Jr. 
Brad Williams 
Film Editing by
Don Hardy Jr. 
Sound Department
Sam Gray .... sound effects editor
Dave Howe .... sound
Eric Lalicata .... re-recording mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Paul Fifield .... camera operator
Josh Keppel .... camera operator
Other crew
Ryan Harper .... consultant
David Magdael .... publicist
Steven Wallace .... publicist
Christian Burgess .... thanks for your help and support
Ryan Harper .... thanks

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USA:91 min | USA:91 min (original version)
Color | Color (HDCAM)
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Dolby Digital (Dolby 5.1) | Dolby SR

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[first lines]
title cards:There are more than 2 million people in American prisons today. This film is dedicated to the thousands of them who are actually innocent.
Narrator:[narration] The images of your life, picture them, on your refrigerator, in albums, frames. They capture every stage, change, celebration. Without them, how much do you remember? How much do you rely on these photos to remind you of the journey you've taken in life...
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17 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Fabuous and Important Film, 24 May 2009
Author: veganrus from New York

This film chronicles the events which transpired in Kern County (Bakersfield) California, and the dozens of people who were falsely charged with child sexual abuse as part of massive "sex rings". Specifically, the film tells the story of John Stoll, Scott and Brenda Kniffen, Alvin and Debbie McCuan, Jeff Modahl, Jack and Jackie Cummings, Rick and Marcella Pitts.

This film is filled with heroes.

The film makers themselves: for tackling such a difficult, and generally unpopular subject matter, and for their fortitude to stick with the project over more than four years determined to see these stories of injustice told.

Those who were falsely imprisoned, bared down, stood strong, and fought the good fight, no matter how long it took, to see the truth about their innocence told.

Those who were involved as with the police, social services, and the District Attorney's office as children, who now as young adults have been brave enough to come forward with the truth about how those in authority were acting in true "criminal" behavior, and not those accused of sexual abuse.

However, hearing these particular young adults speak of their pain, guilt, trauma, confusion, and remorse over allowing social service workers to convince them to lie when they were children was the most powerful aspect of this film for me.

I have heard many, many stories of false arrest. There is no doubt that the stories of struggle and survival from those falsely accused are moving beyond words. However, hearing the pain and perspective from the different side of those wronged by the justice system; hearing how much these false arrests harmed the children involved, is the most powerful aspect of this new film.

A must see!

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