"After Innocence," Saturday, Feburary 18, 2006, Embassy Cinema, Waltham, Mass.
Pamela Cytrynbaum, associate director of the Brandeis Institute for Investigative Journalism, cohosted a special event for the opening of the documentary film "After Innocence," along with Dennis Maher, one of the local exonerees featured in the film.
"After Innocence" tells the dramatic and compelling story of the exonerated: innocent men who served prison terms—some over 20 years—after being wrongfully convicted, and then released after DNA evidence proved their innocence. The film focuses on the gripping story of seven men and their emotional journeys back into society and efforts to rebuild their lives. Included are a police officer, an army sergeant and a young father sent to prison—and even death row—for decades for crimes they did not commit.
Directed by Academy Award nominated filmmaker Jessica Sanders, and produced and written by Jessica Sanders and Marc Simon, the documentary won a coveted Special Jury Prize at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival. "After Innocence" won the Audience Award at the Boston Independent Film Festival, and won a Special Jury prize at the Newport Beach Film Festival. The film is currently showing in a variety of locations around the United States.