New Yorker Makes Deal for Showtime's "After Innocence"
by Eugene Hernandez
New Yorker Films has acquired the theatrical, home video/DVD, broadcast and cable TV rights to Jessica Sanders' "After Innocence," a new documentary that looks at the lives of DNA exonerees. The company will release the movie in New York City this fall. Showtime retains the premium cable rights to the movie, produced by Showtime Independent Films.
Winner of a special jury award at Sundance this year, "After Innocence" won the audience award at the Boston Independent Film Festival and is screening at the Tribeca Film Festival this week.
Sanders and producer Marc H. Simon began production on the film, which looks at the lives of innocent men who were wrongly imprisoned and later freed by DNA evidence in early 2003. After receiving grants and donations, they secured a deal for financing from Showtime Independent Films. Simon, who attended the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, was a student at The Innocence Project (founded in 1992 by Barry Scheck and Peter Neufeld), which inspired the movie.
Andrew Herwitz of The Film Sales Company brokered the deal for Showtime, Sanders and Simon, negotiating with Jose Lopez from New Yorker.