Good news! "Truth Has Fallen" is now available for sale at Amazon.com:
And if you are a member of the LA Public Library you can borrow it for free!
Also available at the Boston Public Library:
If you live in the Boston area I hope you can make the screening of "Truth Has Fallen" at the Global Cinema Film Festival of Boston
on Monday, April 11th, 2016 at 10am!
"Truth Has Fallen" has been accepted into the Global Cinema Film
Festival of Boston
which will take place April 7-10 2016! If you live in
the area and have not yet seen the film, we hope you can attend!
We are very pleased to announce that "Truth Has
Fallen" will be featured in an upcoming Los Angeles screening! The film
will be competing in the Awareness Film Festival on Sunday September 20th at 4pm
at the LA Live Regal Cinema (1000 W. Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles,
CA 90015) If you have not yet seen the film I hope you can come! You can use this link
to purchase discounted online tickets for $14. Please help spread the word.
"Truth Has Fallen" was also invited to participate in the CINANIMA 2015 (Portugal) "Fractures" program (animated films that
display the flaws and imperfections of present society) as well as the
FANTOCHE Animation Festival in Switzerland. The film was recently screened in the Landlocked Film Festival
and will be screening in the Commffest 2015 Festival in Toronto,
and the SaMo Indie 2015
Sadly, two prominent figures in "Truth Has Fallen" have passed away in recent months, Joyce Ann Brown
and Vincent Bugliosi
They both generously contributed to the making of "Truth Has Fallen."
Joyce Ann Brown shared her personal story of wrongful conviction and her
efforts to help others who have been wrongfully convicted. Vincent
Bugliosi shed light on the legal issues presented in the film. Their
contributions to the film were enormous.
In good news, we have recently signed with Film Marketing Services
who will represent the film and pursue domestic and international distribution.
Thank you for your continued support. We hope to see you at the Awareness Film Festival on September 20th!
I have just returned from Calgary,
Alberta, Canada, where "Truth Has Fallen" screened at the Marda Loop
Justice Film Festival Series
. I shared the stage with exoneree David Milgaard
well-known figure in Canada) who personified the subject and also
brought perspective to the issue of wrongful conviction being an
international one and not restricted to the United States. 130 people
were in attendance, and almost all of them stayed for a stimulating Q
& A. I received very good feedback on the film.
I am also pleased to report that "Truth Has Fallen" will be included in several upcoming festivals:
2015, Brussels (BELGIUM
Long Feature Film out of
Monday February 16 - 20:00 - Studio 5 - Flagey
Saturday February 21 - 20:30 - Studio 1 -
Flagey. On this special day Feb 21, there will be a special focus about
documentary and animation with a lecture called 'Motivations for animated
ANIMAC 2015 Lleida (Spain) 19 - 22 of February in Lleida (Spain)
- It will be
included in LA MÀ DEL ARTISTA 3 (The artist's hand 2) sessions aimed to
handmade animation, our special item of this edition, in a single
Town Film Festival, State College, PA (PENNSYLVANIA
February 25-28 (Touring- kick off at Penn State.)
International Film Festival, Hagerstown MD (MARYLAND
PREMIERE) March 26-28, 2015
World Film Festival (NEW YORK
Jackson Heights and Long
Island City, Documentary category
18, 2015 8:15 PM: "Speaking Out" - 104 min.
Theater: Little Secret
I am thrilled to announce that Truth Has Fallen has received the Jury’s Choice Award – 1st Prize from the Black Maria Film
Festival! The film will travel throughout the
tour cycle in venues such as the Hoboken Historical Museum in NJ; the
Edison-Ford Winter Estates in FL; the National Gallery of Art in Washington,
DC; Pittsburgh Filmmakers in Pennsylvania; Crandall Public Library in Glens
Falls, NY; the University of Colorado; the University of Delaware and many
The Human Rights Film Festival of Barcelona will be including Truth Has Fallen
in their traveling exhibition as part of their partnership with AECID
(Spanish Agency for International Development, dependent of the Ministry
of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Spain). The films will be
screened in offices of this agency in several countries in South
America, the Middle East, and Africa in the context of their cultural
throughout the year.
I continue to submit the film to festivals. The following are the list of festivals Truth Has Fallen has participated in to date:
- Black Maria Film Festival
Choice Award – 1st Prize -34th Annual Festival Tour
Dok Leipzig, International Leipzig Festival
for Documentary and Animated Film,
Germany (World Premiere)
- Nominated for Animadoc
Golden Dove Award.
Starz Denver Film Festival, Denver, CO (North American Premiere) Feature Competition
Ottawa International Animation Festival, Feature Competition
Varna International Animation Festival, Bulgaria, Feature Competition
Annecy International Animation Film Festival, France
Anima Mundi International Animation
Festival, Longa Panorama/Feature Film Panorama
SITGES International Fantastic Film Festival
of Catalunya, Spain
Rights Film Festival of Barcelona, Barcelona /
NYC / Paris
ANIMASIVO Festival, Mexico
Festival Cuernavaca, Mexico
International Animated Documentary Film Festival, Italy
- DocMiami Florida
Documentary Film Festival
Boston International Film Festival, Boston, MA Feature Competition
Julien Dubuque International Film Festival, Iowa Feature Competition
Central Florida Film
Festival, Ocoee, FL, Finalist,
Tricky Women Film Festival, Austria
"Truth Has Fallen" will be screening in the DocMiami Florida Documentary Film Festival
in Boca Raton, FL on Saturday
, September 13 at
I am happy to report that
the screenings at the Annecy Animation Festival were a success. Both screenings
were sold out!
In other news, Truth Has
Fallen has recently been accepted
into the following festivals:
Animation Film Festival, Feature
Animation Film Festival, Feature Competition (Bulgaria)
Fantastic Film Fest of Catalunya, by
ANIMASIVO, (Mexico) by invitation
Here is an
article by Animation Magazine announcing the feature category competition slate
at the Ottawa International Animation Festival:
I will be
presenting the film at Animasivo in Mexico City next week, and David and I will
be representing the film at the Ottawa Animation Festival In September.
We will keep
you updated on any good news!
Truth Has Fallen will be screened at the Julien Dubuque International Film Festival in Dubuque, IA on the following dates:
Thursday 4/24, 12:00pm at the Eronel
Friday 4/25, 3:00pm at the 5 Flags Orpheum
Sunday 4/27, 9:00am at the Holiday Inn 1
Truth Has Fallen will be screened at the Boston International Film Festival on April 14, 2014 at 4:00pm!
To order tickets, please click this link! http://bifilmfestival.com/festival/schedule/biff-2014-session-11/
Boston International Film Festival
THEATER: AMC Loews Boston Common 19
ADDRESS: 175 Tremont St., Boston, MA
We are please to announce that the world premiere of "Truth Has Fallen" will take place at the Dok Leipzig Film Festival in Leipzig, Germany!
The dates of the screenings are as follows:
Friday, November 01 / 8.00 pm at Passage Kino, Wintergarten.
Saturday, November 02, 11 am at Cinémathèque Leipzig (naTo).
The North American premiere will take place at the Starz Denver Film Festival
. (Screening dates TBD.)
We will keep you informed of any updates. Thank you for your continued support!
Poster designed by Maria Sequeira
We have completed all production on “Truth Has Fallen!”
On Monday July 1st we had a private screening at the Laemmle Pasadena for cast, crew, family, and friends. We will post updates on any festival and distribution news.
Good news! The animation for “Truth Has Fallen” is completely done! We have brought on Sandy Gendler
as the sound designer. He is bringing vast experience and wonderful ideas to the project. The remaining stages of post production are color timing and sound mixing. USC will allow me to use their mixing stages, but I will not be able to reserve a date until after graduation (mid-May.) I am very excited that we have finally reached the end of this project after ten years of production! I look forward to announcing the premiere in the near future.
Thank you for your patience and support!
“Truth Has Fallen” is nearing the end of
production. Yu Gu, our very talented editor, added approximately four
minutes of dialogue to the soundtrack which helped explain the specifics
of the legal cases discussed in the film. This addition improved the
narrative of the film but also necessitated the production of additional
animation. Fortunately I am on sabbatical from USC
this semester, so I have been able to dedicate all of my time to the
animation. I have so far completed about half of the animation and have
about two more minutes to go (approximately 2800 frames.) I am hoping to
complete all animation in the next couple of months.
Barbara Cohen has completed the music score.
Hopefully everyone has received their IndieGoGo perks (with the exception of the final DVD of “Truth Has Fallen.”) If you have not received your perk, please let us know.
Thank you for your continued support!
"Truth Has Fallen" featured in Crime Magazine
The IndieGoGo crowdfunding campaign
was a success! We raised $13,021 on IndieGoGo and an additional $5,350 in
outside check and cash contributions. That brings the total to $18,
371! This money will cover all of our post-production expenses.
The editor, Yu Gu, has been working hard on the film. She is doing a
brilliant job! The composer, Barbara Cohen, and the sound designer, Mark
Witte, are eager to start working. We are hopeful the film will be
completed by December- February at the latest.
Thank you for making this campaign a success! Dave and I are grateful
for the enormous support we received from friends, family, colleagues, former
students, and even strangers! It has brought a renewed excitement to
the production. We will keep you informed of our progress and let you
know when and where the premiere will take place. We hope to see you
"Truth Has Fallen" featured in the "Arise for Social Justice" blog
"Truth Has Fallen" has been selected as Indiewire's "Project of the Day!"
"Truth Has Fallen" featured in the "Truth in Justice Files" blog
Since 1998 multiple audio interviews have been recorded with James
McCloskey and three people whose convictions he has helped to overturn:
James Landano, Edward Baker, and Joyce Ann Brown. Through these
interviews we have recorded each person’s recollections of being
incarcerated, their courage in fighting for their innocence, and the
unwavering support and resources Mr. McCloskey has provided in each of
their cases. Experts provide information on inaccuracies in the legal
process and possible remedies. The death penalty and lack of
compensation after their release from prison are discussed. All of the
audio interviews have been recorded and edited.
In May 2012 "Truth Has Fallen received a $22,960 Zumberge Individual Grant that was awarded by the Office of the Provost at the University of Southern California.
As of July 2012 all animation and live action has been shot! I am now nearing the finishing line. An editor, Yu Gu
, has been brought on board. The brilliant composer/musician Barbara Cohen
is working on the music. Mark Witte will be the sound designer.
On July 30 2012 we launched a 30-day IndieGoGo crowdfunding campaign
in order to complete the final film. The goal is to be completely finished with post production by the end of the year!