Projects

William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe (2009, 85 minutes). A documentary feature about the filmmakers’ father – a radical civil rights lawyer – and their journey to understand some of his more controversial choices. The film premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, screened in over 40 other festivals, was released theatrically in 26 cities, and opened the 2010 season of POV on PBS. More info…

A Broken Promise in Texas: Race, the Death Penalty and the Duane Buck (2016, 11 minutes). Mr. Buck was sentenced to death in Harris County (Houston), Texas, after his trial prosecutor elicited testimony from a psychologist indicating that Mr. Buck was more likely to be dangerous because he is Black. More info…

• Tyrone Noling: A Case of Innocence (2016, 16 minutes). Tyrone Noling is an innocent man on Ohio’s death row. He has spent more than eighteen years in prison for two murders that he did not commit, despite the fact that: There is absolutely no physical evidence tying him to the murders; all of the principal witnesses against him have recanted their testimony; and recently discovered evidence that was withheld at trial points to credible alternative suspects. More info…

• Dustin Higgs Clemency Video (2016, 22 minutes). Dustin Higgs was convicted in 2000 of the murder of three Maryland women on federal land in Prince George’s County. Dustin was sentenced to death under the federal system despite the fact that he was an accomplice to the crime and not the trigger man. The trigger man, Willis Mark Haynes, was sentenced to life plus 45 years in prison.  More info…

Executing the Insane: The Case of Scott Panetti (2007, 30  minutes) Short documentary about Scott Panetti, a schizoprenic man on death row who did not understand why he was being put to death. The film was produced with the Texas Defender Service and led to a stay of execution. More info…

The Norfolk 4: A Miscarriage of Justice (2005, 33:39 minutes). Short documentary about four Navy men in Virginia who falsely confessed to a rape and murder that they did not commit. Produced with Holland & Knight LLP and submitted to the Governor of Virginia as part of a clemency petition. After more than 11 years in prison, the men received conditional pardons from the Governor and were released. More info…

Hearne, Texas: Scenes from the Drug War (2005, 22:49). Short documentary produced with the ACLU of Texas that tell the story of a community engaged in a struggle to clear the names of those swept up in a corrupt drug raid. All of the criminal records of those arrested were subsequently expunged. More info…

Darryl Best Clemency Video (2004, 10:20 minutes). A short documentary about Darryl Best, a man serving 15 years to life under New York’s Rockefeller Drug Laws. Mr. Best, 49, was convicted after signing for a Federal Express package while at his uncle’s house in the Bronx, repairing the roof. The package contained cocaine and the deliveryman was an undercover officer. The film led to a grant of executive clemency and the release of Mr. Best. More info…

Getting Through to the President (2004, 07:00 minutes). A comedic documentary short in which people on the streets of New York City were invited to use a public telephone to call the White House Comment Line and voice their opinions. Broadcast on WNET and soon to be featured on The Sundance Channel. (Winner, Jury Prize, Black Maria Film Festival and Audience Choice Award, Portland International Short Short Film Festival, 2004). More info…

James Allridge Clemency Video (2004, 20 minutes). A short produced for the Texas Defender Service as part of a clemency petition for James Allridge, a man who spent 14 years on death row and was executed in August of 2004. More info…

Tulia, Texas: Scenes from the Drug War (2002, 27 minutes). A short documentary about a racist drug sting operation in a small Texas town. Produced with The Drug Policy Alliance and the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, Inc. Led to the exoneration of 46 people. (Winner, Best Documentary Short, Woodstock Film Festival, 2003). More info…

A Pattern of Exclusion: The Trial of Thomas Miller-El (2002, 16:00 minutes). A documentary short about racial discrimination in jury selection in the trial of Thomas Miller-El, a man sentenced to death in Texas in 1985. Produced with the Texas Defender Service. Helped Mr. Miller-El win a new trial. More info…