True Conviction

84 minutes

There’s a new detective agency in Dallas, Texas, started by a group of exonerated men with decades in prison served between them. True Conviction explores their stories of wrongful imprisonment, their struggles to start their lives over again as free men, and their quest to help others who may be innocent.

“True Conviction” is powerful, devastating and remarkable. It’s a film about the true injustices in our judicial system and the lack of compassion that we have for one another that continues to permeate this reality. However, in the face of all of this wrongdoing, Johnnie Lindsey, Christopher Scott, and Steven Phillips find joy in the lives that they have been able to reclaim. Things aren’t picture perfect or even where they might have been had they not been wrongfully convicted. And yet, they choose to thrive and extend their hands to others who have lost all hope.

-Shadow and Act

An associate professor of documentary filmmaking in Stanford University’s Art & Art History Department, Meltzer is the first Bay Area filmmaker to become a DocFest Vanguard Award honoree. True Conviction is his thoughtful, urgent portrait of three ex-prisoners — Scott, Johnnie Lindsey and Steven Phillips (collectively the three men served 60 years for crimes they did not commit) — who banded together to form an ad hoc nonprofit detective agency to investigate the cases of other prisoners, like Hill, who may have been unjustly imprisoned.

-San Francisco Chronicle

Awarded Special Jury Mention, Documentary Feature CategoryTribeca Film Festival, 2017

Non-Fiction Vanguard AwardSF DocFest, 2017

Production Grant from the MacArthur Foundation

Sundance Institute's Documentary Film Grant

Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund