GIDEON'S ARMY

By Dawn PORTER

BORDERLINE MEDIA - as CONS

Documentary - Completed 2013

GIDEON'S ARMY follows three young, committed Public Defenders who are dedicated to working for the people society would rather forget. Long hours, low pay and staggering caseloads are so common that even the most committed often give up.

Festivals
& Awards

Sundance 2013
US Documentary Competition - Editing Award
Miami IFF 2013
Knight Documentary Competition - Grand Jury Prize
Miami IFF 2013
Knight Documentary Competition - Audience Award
    • Year of production
    • 2013
    • Genres
    • Documentary, Social issues, First film
    • Countries
    • USA
    • Duration
    • 96 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Dawn PORTER
    • Writer(s)
    • Dawn PORTER, Matthew HAMACHECK
    • Producer(s)
    • Julie GOLDMAN (Motto Pictures), Dawn PORTER (Trilogy Films)
    • Synopsis
    • GIDEON’S ARMY follows the personal stories of 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 (now known as Gideon’s Promise) 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?

      An official selection in the prestigious U.S. Documentary Competition at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, GIDEON’S ARMY was awarded the editing prize at the festival. The film premiered on HBO in July 2013.

      The Ford Foundation and HBO Documentary Films presents GIDEON’S ARMY; produced by Trilogy Films in association with Motto Pictures.