GIDEON'S ARMY

SYNOPSIS

GIDEON’S ARMY follows Travis Williams, Brandy Alexander and June Hardwick, three young Public Defenders who are part of a small group of idealistic lawyers in the Deep South challenging the assumptions that drive a criminal justice system strained to the breaking point. Backed by mentor Jonathan “Rap” Rapping, a charismatic leader who heads the Southern Public Defender Training Center, they struggle against long hours, low pay and staggering caseloads so common that even the most committed often give up in their first year. Nearly 50 years since the landmark Supreme Court ruling Gideon vs. Wainwright that established the right to counsel, can these courageous lawyers revolutionize the way America thinks about indigent defense and make “justice for all” a reality?

CREDITS

Director/Producer: Dawn Porter


Producer: Julie Goldman


Executive Producer: Sheila Nevins


Senior Producers: Nancy Abraham, Jacqueline Glover


Co-Producer: Summer Damon


Line Producer: Carolyn Hepburn


Story Consultant: Chris Clements


Cinematographers: Chris Hilleke, Patrick Sheehan


Editor: Matthew Hamachek


Music By: Paul Brill

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FESTIVAL PREMIERE

& AWARDS

Sundance Film Festival: 2013 Premiere


Sundance Film Festival: 2013 U.S. Documentary Editing Award


Ridenhour Prizes : 2014 Documentary Film Prize


Emmy Awards Nominee: 2014 Outstanding Informational Programming


Independent Spirit Awards Nominee: 2014 Best Documentary

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