Project of the Day: A Detective Agency Filled with Exonerated Men

Project of the Day: A Detective Agency Filled with Exonerated Men

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Freedom Fighters

Tweetable Logline:

There’s a new detective agency in Dallas, Texas, started by a group of exonerated men who have all spent decades in prison.

Elevator Pitch:

They call themselves the Freedom Fighters,
and they are looking to free innocent people still behind bars. Freedom
Fighters is a character-driven documentary that follows these
change-makers as they rebuild their lives, learn to investigate cases,
work to support each other, and campaign to fix the criminal justice
system. We will follow them as they learn the ropes of
investigation–following leads, tracking down eyewitnesses and finding
evidence that will make a strong case in court–on their first cases.
Whatever they discover, we know their sleuthing will shed light on
important and interesting issues within the criminal justice system.

Production Team:

Jamie Meltzer- Director (also directed the documentary Informant (2012)
which won grand jury prize at DocNYC and is being distributed by Music
Box Films)

Kate McLean, Producer
David Alvarado, Producer
Adam Spielberg/Filament Productions – Executive Producer

About the Production:

“A journalist friend called me up and told me about this new
detective agency started by exonerees in Dallas, and I was immediately
hooked. I loved the idea of approaching the issue of wrongful conviction
from a completely fresh vantage point, the exoneree detective agency
just seemed like an amazingly novel concept, one of those things that
makes perfect sense (who better than them, right?) but also makes one do
a double-take and wonder: how is this going to turn out? I’ve always
loved film noir, so this fits into that as well, except translating noir
into documentary film form.” — Jamie Meltzer

Current Status:

In production.

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Film Website

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