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CBS Developing ‘True Conviction’ Drama Based On Documentary From Tribeca, Seth Gordon & Erica Shelton Kodish

The Seth Gordon-produced documentary True Conviction, which premiered at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival, is being adapted for television. CBS is developing drama True Conviction based on the well-received documentary, from Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal’s Tribeca Productions, The Goldbergs executive producer Gordon and Being Mary Jane’s former executive producer/showrunner Erica Shelton Kodish and co-executive producer Angel Dean Lopez. CBS Television Studios and Sony…
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Sliff 2017 Interview: Christopher Scott – Subject of True Conviction

True Conviction screens Sunday, November 5th at 4:00pm at Washington University’s Brown Hall (Forsyth Boulevard and Chaplin Drive – two blocks west of Skinker Boulevard) as part of this year’s St. Louis International Film Festival. In attendance will be the film’s subject Christopher Scott as well as Antoinette (Annie) Grier, project manager of Washington U.’s Smart Decarceration Initiative at the Center for Social Development of the George Warren Brown School of Social Work. This is a Free event.

Christopher Scott was released from prison after serving 13 years of a life sentence for a murder he didn’t commit. That nightmare scenario is far too common: More than 30 people like Chris have been exonerated in Dallas County, Texas. Most of them are black men locked up in their youth who emerged in middle age looking for a way to make sense of what happened. One day, at a support-group meeting for exonerees,
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Oxygen Orders Eight True Crime Shows, Including Ice-t Series

Oxygen Orders Eight True Crime Shows, Including Ice-t Series
Oxygen Media is continuing its push into becoming a premier destination for true crime programming, with the network greenlighting eight new series, in addition to putting two new series into development and the acquisition of “Dateline: Secrets Uncovered.”

The new crime offerings include projects from NBCUniversal’s Wilshire Studios, NBC NewsPeacock Productions, BuzzFeed Motion Pictures and executive producers Dick Wolf, Ice-t, Soledad O’Brien and Nancy Grace respectively.

“This new slate has a great mix of high stakes real time crime investigation and innovative formats that allows viewers to stay engaged from beginning to end with immersive storytelling,” said Rod Aissa, executive vice president of original programming and development for Oxygen Media. “It’s a real differentiator in our programming, and we’re thrilled to be working with some of the sharpest talent and producers in the genre.”

Read the full list of shows below.

New Series:

“What Happened to…Jessica
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Tribeca Review: ‘True Conviction’ Celebrates Important, Justice-Seeking Work

Jamie Meltzer’s True Conviction explores a quasi-detective agency in Dallas (seemingly run out of the the Hickory House BBQ restaurant) founded by three men who were wrongfully convicted of crimes they did not commit. Granted $80,000 for each year of wrongful imprisonment by the government, they take on select cases that resemble their own circumstances where either the punishment does not fit the crime or the physical evidence contradicts the testimony given. The justice system should backstop flawed cases but often does not, and in one case, we learn a convict was given a public defender who showed up in court drunk and could not locate a witness in the room.

Led by Christopher Scott, exonerated after spending 13 years in prison for a crime he did not commit once the actual killer confessed, the agency takes on similar cases as Scott balances his obligations to his once estranged family. He
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2017 Tribeca Film Festival Awards: ‘Keep the Change,’ ‘Son of Sofia’ and ‘Bobbi Jene’ Take Top Prizes

2017 Tribeca Film Festival Awards: ‘Keep the Change,’ ‘Son of Sofia’ and ‘Bobbi Jene’ Take Top Prizes
The Tribeca Film Festival has announced the winners of its 16th edition, with “Keep the Change” (U.S. Narrative), “Son of Sofia” (International Narrative) and “Bobbi Jene” (Documentary) taking home the top prizes. 97 features and 57 shorts comprised the main lineup of this year’s fest, which began on April 19 and ends on April 30.

“It is more important than ever to celebrate artists both in front of and behind the camera who have the unique ability to share different viewpoints to inspire, challenge and entertain us,” said Jane Rosenthal, Tribeca’s executive chair and co-founder. “The winning creators from across the Festival program shared stories that did exactly that, and we are honored to recognize them tonight. And how wonderful is it that the top awards in all five feature film categories were directed by women.”

Full list of winners below.

The 2017 IndieWire Tribeca Bible: Every Review, Interview and News Item Posted During the Festival

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Tribeca Review: ‘True Conviction’ Is a Profound Look at Our Judicial System from the Lens of Three Men It Nearly Destroyed

I’ve seen my share of prison -themed films and documentaries, but none quite like Jamie Meltzer’s “True Conviction.” In our mangled and corrupted criminal justice and prison systems, once people are deemed guilty, they are ushered away and locked behind… Continue Reading →
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'True Conviction': Film Review | Tribeca 2017

'True Conviction': Film Review | Tribeca 2017
The Sisyphean struggle to turn far too many wrongs in the Texas judicial system into rights is the noble subject of True Conviction, a straightforward, right-minded documentary blessed by the central presence of a dogged and charismatic champion of justice. Stylistically old-school in the traditional PBS manner, Jamie Meltzer's single-track film focuses on the efforts of three men who, after wrongful convictions and eventual exoneration, have dedicated themselves to helping other prisoners who may not deserve to be behind bars. After its Tribeca debut and PBS broadcast, the film will no doubt serve its purpose of reigniting attention...
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Tribeca 2017 unveils Competition, Spotlight, Viewpoints, Midnight

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Tribeca 2017 unveils Competition, Spotlight, Viewpoints, Midnight
Festival receives record number of submissions as top brass trim roster by 20%.

World premieres of Michael Winterbottom’s The Trip To Spain (pictured), Nick Broomfield and Rudi Dolezal’s Whitney. “can I be me,”, and Hell On Earth: The Fall Of Syria And The Rise Of Isis by Sebastian Junger and Nick Quested are among the line-up at the 16th annual Tribeca Film Festival (April 19-30).

Festival top brass led by new director of programming Cara Cusumano and artistic director Frédéric Boyer unveiled on Thursday 82 of the 98 features that will screen at this year’s edition.

Trimmed down by 20%, the festival received a record number 8,700 submissions, of which 3,362 were features – and includes 32 films in competition comprising 12 documentaries, 10 Us narratives and 10 international narratives. Films in competition will compete for cash prizes totalling $160,000.

Spotlight Narrative section features 15 fiction films, while Spotlight Documentary includes 16 non-fiction films. Five fiction and one documentary film play in Midnight.

The 2017 roster
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‘Red Heaven’ Doc Follows Inhabitants of a Simulated Mars Civilization

‘Red Heaven’ Doc Follows Inhabitants of a Simulated Mars Civilization
Here’s your daily dose of an indie film, web series, TV pilot, what-have-you in progress — at the end of the week, you’ll have the chance to vote for your favorite.

In the meantime: Is this a project you’d want to see? Tell us in the comments.

Red Heaven

Logline: In a small dome on a remote volcano in Hawaii, six adventurers are simulating life in the first human habitat on Mars. “Red Heaven” follows their experience over an entire year in isolation, asking why do we dream of living on Mars?

Elevator Pitch:

With unprecedented exclusive access to a simulated Mars mission, “Red Heaven” provides a raw and intimate look into what living on Mars might actually be like for human beings. The crew – all in their 30s – have backgrounds ranging from astrobiology to forestry and even space architecture, and this adventure challenges the very core of their personal beliefs.
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