Friday, October 8, 2010

Conviction Preview/Synopsis

Conviction October 15

Directed by actor Tony Goldwyn ( The Last Kiss ) Starring Hilary Swank, Sam Rockwell, Minnie Driver, Juliette Lewis, Melissa Leo, Clea Duvall, Loren Dean, Peter Gallagher, Talia Balsam, Bailee Madison. Written by Pamela Gray ( Music Of The Heart ) Cinematography by Adriano Goldman ( Sin Nobre, City Of Men ) Editing by Oscar nominee Jay Cassady ( Into The Wild, Brothers ) Original Music by Paul Cantelon ( W. The Other Boleyn Girl )

The film is based on the true story of Betty Anne Waters, an unemployed single mother who, with the help of attorney Barry Scheck from the Innocence Project, exonerated her wrongfully convicted brother. In order to do this she earned her GED, then her bachelor's, a master's in education, and eventually a law degree from Roger Williams University in Rhode Island. She accomplished this while raising two boys alone and working as a waitress part-time. While in law school she began investigating her brother's case.

Kenneth Waters, her brother, was convicted in 1983 of murdering Katharina Brow in Ayer, Massachusetts (the murder occurred in 1980). His sister Betty Anne located biological evidence and then worked with the Innocence Project, a nonprofit organization devoted to overturning wrongful convictions, to obtain DNA testing on the evidence-- proving Waters' innocence and leading to his exoneration on June 19, 2001.[1] Betty Anne Waters now lives in New England and continues her work in freeing wrongfully convicted criminals, as well as fighting for the rights of prison inmates.

Rated R for language and some violent images.

Oscar chances ? Very good for Rockwell in support. Hilary Swank will be in the conversation. Very lean chance at screenplay.

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Started to really pay attention to film ( movies ) what was going on in front of the camera, but more interestingly, behind it as well at about as far back as age 10. Motion pictures ( when good ) are a fascinating medium. All the work and prep that goes into filmmaking. It's an amazing process !