Joshua Safran, his client, and co-counsel are subjects of the award-winning documentary Crime After Crime – screened on the Oprah Winfrey Network and in theaters nationwide. The film, an Official Selection of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, has won 25 awards.
SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL CATALOG:
In 1983, Deborah Peagler, a woman brutally abused by her boyfriend, was sentenced to 25 years-to-life for her connection to his murder. Twenty years later, as she languished in prison, a California law allowing incarcerated domestic-violence survivors to reopen their cases was passed.
Enter a pair of rookie land-use attorneys convinced that with the incontrovertible evidence that existed, they could free Deborah in a matter of months. What they didn’t know was the depth of corruption and politically driven resistance they’d encounter, sending them down a nightmarish, bureaucratic rabbit hole of injustice.
The outrageous twists and turns in this consummately crafted saga are enough to keep us on the edge of our seats. Meanwhile, the spirit, fortitude, and love all three characters marshal in the face of this wrenching marathon is nothing short of miraculous.
We fall in love with the remarkable triumvirate as they battle a warped criminal-justice system and test whether it’s beyond repair.
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SELECTED HONORS & SCREENINGS
★ Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, RFK Center for Justice & Human Rights
★ Golden Gate Award for Investigative Documentary Feature, San Francisco International Film Festival
★ Grand Prize, San Antonio Film Festival
★ Hillman Prize for Broadcast Journalism, Sydney Hillman Foundation
★ Justice Matters Jury Prize, Washington DC International Film Festival
★ Grand Performances Film Selection, LA Film Festival
★ Audience Award, Atlanta Jewish Film Festival
★ Audience Award, Berkshire International Film Festival
★ Audience Award, Heartland Film Festival
★ Audience Award, Lenore Marwill Jewish Film Festival (Detroit)
★ Audience Award, Rochester Jewish Film Festival
★ Audience Award, San Francisco International Film Festival
★ Audience Award, Spokane International Film Festival
★ Audience Award, Teaneck International Film Festival
★ Best Documentary, Berkshire International Film Festival
★ Best Documentary, Spokane International Film Festival
★ Best Editing, Milan International Film Festival
★ Crystal Heart Award, Heartland Film Festival
★ Documentary Grand Prize, Heartland Film Festival
★ Freedom of Expression Award, National Board of Review
★ Grand Festival Award for Documentary, Berkeley Video & Film Festival
★ Henry Hampton Award for Excellence in Film & Digital Media, Council on Foundations Film Festival
★ Jury Award, Bellingham Human Rights Film Festival
★ Official Selection, New York Jewish Film Festival
★ Official Selection, OWN Documentary Club (Oprah Winfrey Network)
★ Official Selection, San Francisco Jewish Film Festival
★ Official Selection, Sundance Film Festival
★ Official Selection, Texas Black Film Festival
★ Prevention for a Safer Society Award, National Council on Crime and Delinquency
★ Pursuit of Justice Award, California Women's Law Center
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Joshua Safran starred in this short film by Yoav Potash about a day in the life of a drive-through wedding parlor. Minute Matrimony challenges attitudes about marriage and love with it's zany brand of humor. Winner of the 2001 Golden Gate Award from the San Francisco International Film Festival.