Nov 9-13, 2017

Until Proven Innocent: The Hannah Overton Story

WITH GUESTS JENNA AND ANTHONY JACKSON AND HANNAH OVERTON

Run Time: 108 mins USA Language: English

Synopsis

In October 2006 a four-year-old from Corpus Christi named Andrew Burd died mysteriously of salt poisoning. His foster mother, Hannah Overton, portrayed by the media as a cold-blooded killer, was quickly charged with capital murder and sent to prison for life. Hannah spent almost eight years behind bars, all the while maintaining her innocence with the unwavering support of her husband. During those agonizing years, several lawyers and journalists, including Texas Monthly writer Pam Colloff in her two articles “Hannah and Andrew” and “Hannah’s Prayer,” uncovered the inconsistencies and flawed arguments that ultimately earned Hannah her freedom. Directors Jenna and Anthony Jackson chronicle the efforts of these heroes to exonerate Overton, and have crafted a powerful, cautionary tale about a justice system too eager to rush to judgment, construct a narrative to support it, and convict an innocent woman.

Jenna and Anthony Jackson will also participate in a free panel on November 17 titled “The ‘False Crime’ Film and Investigative Journalism.” See schedule for details.

Until Proven Innocent is a deeply personal story, following Hannah Overton and her family through the most difficult time of their lives. It is also a critically important film, depicting a horrible injustice that should not happen, but does – far too often. If this can happen to someone as good as Hannah, it makes very clear every single citizen is only one detective or DA’s incorrect hunch away from jail time.

— Richard Linklater, Director, Boyhood

In October 2006 a four-year-old from Corpus Christi named Andrew Burd died mysteriously of salt poisoning. His foster mother, Hannah Overton, portrayed by the media as a cold-blooded killer, was quickly charged with capital murder and sent to prison for life. Hannah spent almost eight years behind bars, all the while maintaining her innocence with the unwavering support of her husband. During those agonizing years, several lawyers and journalists, including Texas Monthly writer Pam Colloff in her two articles “Hannah and Andrew” and “Hannah’s Prayer,” uncovered the inconsistencies and flawed arguments that ultimately earned Hannah her freedom. Directors Jenna and Anthony Jackson chronicle the efforts of these heroes to exonerate Overton, and have crafted a powerful, cautionary tale about a justice system too eager to rush to judgment, construct a narrative to support it, and convict an innocent woman.

Jenna and Anthony Jackson will also participate in a free panel on November 17 titled “The ‘False Crime’ Film and Investigative Journalism.” See schedule for details.

Until Proven Innocent is a deeply personal story, following Hannah Overton and her family through the most difficult time of their lives. It is also a critically important film, depicting a horrible injustice that should not happen, but does – far too often. If this can happen to someone as good as Hannah, it makes very clear every single citizen is only one detective or DA’s incorrect hunch away from jail time.

— Richard Linklater, Director, Boyhood

Film Details

USA, 2015
DIRECTED BY JENNA JACKSON, ANTHONY JACKSON
CINEMATOGRAPHY BY MATT GODWIN
EDITED BY DAVID HOBBS, SAM BUTLER
CAST: HANNAH OVERTON
RUNNING TIME: 108 MINS

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