Truth Has Fallen 

A Documentary by Sheila M. Sofian
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"Truth Has Fallen" is screening at the Hoboken Historical Museum as part of the Black Maria Film Festival collection on Wednesday September 20 at 6:30pm. Article from Hoboken Patch 9/1/17.


Good news! "Truth Has Fallen" is now available for sale at

And if you are a member of the LA Public Library you can borrow it for free!

Also available at other libraries, including 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 (a 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:

Long Feature Film out of competition

  • 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 documentary film'.

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 screening

College Town Film Festival, State College, PA (PENNSYLVANIA PREMIERE) February 25-28 (Touring- kick off at Penn State.)

Maryland International Film Festival, Hagerstown MD (MARYLAND PREMIERE) March 26-28, 2015

Queens World Film Festival (NEW YORK PREMIERE),
Jackson Heights and Long Island City, Documentary category
Wed March 18, 2015 8:15 PM: "Speaking Out" - 104 min.
Secret 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 more.

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 activities
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
    • Jury’s 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
  • Human Rights Film Festival of Barcelona, Barcelona / NYC / Paris
  • ANIMASIVO Festival, Mexico
  • Festival Cuernavaca, Mexico
  • DOCartoon 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, Best Documentary
  • 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 2:00pm!


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:

Ottawa International Animation Film Festival, Feature Competition

Varna International Animation Film Festival, Feature Competition (Bulgaria)

SITGES Int'l Fantastic Film Fest of Catalunya, by invitation

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!


Sheila M. Sofian


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!

Boston International Film Festival
Session 11
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 there!

"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!