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True Conviction

a documentary film by Jamie Meltzer

Sarah Lim Photo
Documentary Film and Video
April, 2018


There's a new detective agency in Dallas, run by three exonerated men who all spent decades in prison. Their mission: to free other innocent people still behind bars.
 After serving a combined 60 years in prison for crimes they did not commit, three recently exonerated Texans — Christopher Scott, Johnnie Lindsey, and Steven Phillips — join forces to form the unlikeliest of investigative teams, on a mission to help wrongfully convicted prisoners obtain freedom like they did. In True Conviction, brotherly bonds are formed out of shared hardships — lengthy prison sentences in a state that executes more inmates than any other.

True Conviction won Special Jury Mention for Best Documentary Feature at the TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL, Best Documentary Feature Grand Jury Prize at the OAK CLIFF FILM FESTIVAL, and Best Documentary at ANNAPOLIS FILM FESTIVAL. The film aired on PBS' Independent Lens in April 2018. 


Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

Tribeca Film Festival 2017 - World Premiere (Special Jury Mention, Best Documentary Category)

San Francisco DocFest 2017 (Non Fiction Vanguard Award)

Oak Cliff Film Festival 2017, Best Documentary Feature Grand Jury Prize

Annapolis Film Festival 2017, Best Documentary


A Co-Production of ITVS, Impact Partners, and Filament Productions

MacArthur Foundation Grant

Sundance Institute Documentary Grant

Tribeca Film Institute Grant

San Francisco Film Society Documentary Production Grant

Catapult Film Fund Grant

The Filmmaker Fund Grant