Academy Award nominated documentarian (“For All Mankind”) and screenwriter (“Apollo 13”) Al Reinert takes on a decidedly more earthly story with his film detailing the 1986 wrongful conviction of Michael Morton.
What it’s about: The true story of Michael Morton is heartbreaking and
inspirational, the kind of journey that teaches hard lessons and rewards
About the filmmaker: I have been a working journalist for decades, covering
everything from pop music to presidential campaigns. I’ve been nominated
twice for Academy Awards as a documentary filmmaker and a screenwriter,
both about subjects that were well known long before I came along. It’s
a rare privilege for an old journalist to find a story this compelling
that hasn’t been covered to boredom beforehand.
What else do you want audiences to know about your film? That they won’t ever feel like they wasted ninety minutes.
What was your biggest challenge in developing this project? A great many lawyers were involved in this story.
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What would you like SXSW audiences to come away with after seeing your film? I would hope some of them will be motivated to help change some laws in this country.
Did any specific films inspire you? None specifically, but I’ve been watching documentary films for
forty years and the genre has changed my life. The slow demise of
traditional journalism, both print and broadcast, has made docs more
important than ever. They are the future of serious information delivery
and that needs to inspire some really good filmmakers.
What do you have in the works?
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