After Innocence

After Innocence

Director: Jessica Sanders

Cast: Jessica Sanders, Herman Atkins, Wilton Dedge, Scott Hornoff

     
 
With the advent of DNA evidence, a number of convicted criminals have been able to finally be exonerated of crimes they'd never committed in the first place. Naturally, this has added a good deal of fuel to the debates surrounding the American judicial system and capital punishment. In this documentary, Academy Award-nominated director Jessica Sanders takes a look at

Overview

With the advent of DNA evidence, a number of convicted criminals have been able to finally be exonerated of crimes they'd never committed in the first place. Naturally, this has added a good deal of fuel to the debates surrounding the American judicial system and capital punishment. In this documentary, Academy Award-nominated director Jessica Sanders takes a look at not only the process of freeing the wrongly convicted but the obstacles that face the prisoners once they are finally freed and attempt return to mainstream society. After Innocence premiered at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival.

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Over the last 20 years, wrongly imprisoned inmates exonerated by DNA evidence have become the poster children for the failings of the legal system -- "failings" not because the mistakes were made in the first place, but because they were corrected only with great slowness, resistance and stubbornness. What's particularly cruel, as revealed in the eye-opening documentary After Innocence, is how these men are often brushed under the rug like embarrassments, without the expunged records they'd need to fully rejoin society -- or in some cases, even detained in prison beyond the point that science has absolved them. Director Jessica Sanders takes a sober, straightforward, no-frills approach to this material. If the men interviewed move us, it's not because Sanders has used any technique to manipulate that reaction. Rather, it's because they tell stories that are not only frustrating and compelling, but universally relatable, since any person might be falsely accused. While the interview subjects sometimes blend together, in a staggering blur of years mistakenly served, one case in particular stands out: Wilton Dedge, still imprisoned in Florida at the time of filming, even three years after DNA cleared him of a rape committed two decades earlier. If After Innocence incites our disgust at these prosecutors' blind and relentless measures for saving face, it also lionizes the attorneys and volunteers involved with Barry Scheck's Innocence Project, whose tireless work has made the eventual releases possible. One attorney describes it as a deal he could not refuse: hours and hours of work without pay, with only the promise that there would be more hours of work without pay if he were successful. The occasional exoneree who does find a life to salvage, such as the gruffly proud Bostonian Dennis Maher, validates all this work -- both by the Innocence Project and by director Sanders.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/06/2007
UPC:
0717119985745
Original Release:
2004
Rating:
NR
Source:
New Yorker Video
Presentation:
[Letterbox]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time:
1:35:00

Special Features

Filmmakers' insights: interviews with the filmmakers; Deleted scenes and bonus footage including: Wilton Comes Home, National Gathering of Exonerees, National Innocence Project Conference, Exonerees Michael Evans, Paul Terry and the Worth of Northwestern's Center of Wrongful Convictions, Eddie Joe Lloyd; Pearl Jam performing with exonerees Wilton Dedge and Vincent Moto; Updates on the lives of the film's exonerees; Footage from the Sundance premiere, MTV, Larry King Live, and theatrical premiere; Media/press footage; Website and contact info and how to get involved; Theatrical trailer; Scene selections

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Herman Atkins Participant
Wilton Dedge Participant
Scott Hornoff Participant
Dennis Maher Participant
Vincent Moto Participant
Calvin Willis Participant
Nick Yarris Participant
Jennifer Thompson-Canino Participant
Ronald Cotton Participant
Barry Scheck Participant
Peter Neufeld Participant
Lola Vollen Participant

Technical Credits
Jessica Sanders Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Charles Bernstein Score Composer
Bestor Cram Cinematographer
Shana Hagan Cinematographer
Brian Johnson Editor
Brian Johnson Score Composer
Robert Richman Cinematographer
Bob Richmond Cinematographer
Marc Simon Producer,Screenwriter
Buddy Squires Cinematographer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- After Innocence
1. Introduction [2:47]
2. LAEP National Meeting [2:31]
3. Vincent Moto [7:26]
4. Phil Donahue [1:30]
5. Nick Yarris [6:17]
6. Wilton Dedge [4:35]
7. Innocence Project [1:52]
8. Nina Morrison on Wilton's Case [2:35]
9. Dennis Maher [9:53]
10. Scott Hornoff [8:17]
11. Calvin Willis [6:00]
12. Herman Atkins [4:46]
13. Nina and Wilton and His Parents [3:33]
14. Vincent Moto Revisited [4:11]
15. Dennis Maher Revisited [2:20]
16. Wilton Dedge's Trial [5:20]
17. Jennifer and Ronald [3:34]
18. Governor Ryan and Aaron Patterson [2:21]
19. Nick Yarris Revisited [1:43]
20. Scott Hornoff Revisited [1:37]
21. Compensation Legislation [2:35]
22. Wilton Dedge's Release [4:02]
23. Exoneree Updates [3:00]
24. End Credits [2:35]

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