Nov 9-13, 2017

Panel: The ‘False Crime’ Film and Investigative Journalism

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Synopsis

While “True Crime” stories endure as a popular genre in magazines, books, films and television, an alternative genre is growing in visibility. We might label this the “False Crime” genre, where authors deconstruct the false narratives created by police and prosecutors and the wrongful imprisonments of innocent human beings that result. Three articles by Texas Monthly authors led to excellent films in Houston Cinema Arts Festival programs: Al Reinert’s An Unreal Dream: The Michael Morton Story in 2014 and this year’s Until Proven Innocent: The Hannah Overton Story and Booger Red. Texas Monthly may be especially strong on long-form “false crime” stories, because its home state is arguably prone to rush to punish, and to allow miscarriages of justice.

In this panel discussion, investigative journalists and filmmakers, lawyers and survivors of wrongful imprisonment will discuss the different ways that lawyers, print journalists, and filmmakers tackle “false crime” stories, and victims of wrongful imprisonment will discuss their own roles and perspectives in the retelling of their stories.

Participants:

–  Moderator: Nicole Casarez, Attorney and a communication professor at the University of St. Thomas

–  Jenna and Anthony Jackson, filmmakers, Until Proven Innocent: The Hannah Overton Story (screening in HCAF 2016)

–  Berndt Mader, filmmaker, Booger Red (screening in HCAF 2016)

–  Al Reinert, filmmaker, An Unreal Dream: The Michael Morton Story
(screened in HCAF 2014) and journalist

–  John Raley, Houston attorney who represented exonerated prisoner Michael Morton

–  Anthony Graves, exonerated prisoner

–  David Mann, Texas Monthly Senior Editor

–  David Dow, Texas Innocence Network

While “True Crime” stories endure as a popular genre in magazines, books, films and television, an alternative genre is growing in visibility. We might label this the “False Crime” genre, where authors deconstruct the false narratives created by police and prosecutors and the wrongful imprisonments of innocent human beings that result. Three articles by Texas Monthly authors led to excellent films in Houston Cinema Arts Festival programs: Al Reinert’s An Unreal Dream: The Michael Morton Story in 2014 and this year’s Until Proven Innocent: The Hannah Overton Story and Booger Red. Texas Monthly may be especially strong on long-form “false crime” stories, because its home state is arguably prone to rush to punish, and to allow miscarriages of justice.

In this panel discussion, investigative journalists and filmmakers, lawyers and survivors of wrongful imprisonment will discuss the different ways that lawyers, print journalists, and filmmakers tackle “false crime” stories, and victims of wrongful imprisonment will discuss their own roles and perspectives in the retelling of their stories.

Participants:

–  Moderator: Nicole Casarez, Attorney and a communication professor at the University of St. Thomas

–  Jenna and Anthony Jackson, filmmakers, Until Proven Innocent: The Hannah Overton Story (screening in HCAF 2016)

–  Berndt Mader, filmmaker, Booger Red (screening in HCAF 2016)

–  Al Reinert, filmmaker, An Unreal Dream: The Michael Morton Story
(screened in HCAF 2014) and journalist

–  John Raley, Houston attorney who represented exonerated prisoner Michael Morton

–  Anthony Graves, exonerated prisoner

–  David Mann, Texas Monthly Senior Editor

–  David Dow, Texas Innocence Network

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