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An Unreal Dream: The Michael Morton Story

“Our procedure has been always haunted by the ghost of the innocent man convicted. It is an unreal dream.” - Justice Learned Hand.
In 1986 Michael Morton’s wife Christine is brutally murdered in front of their only child, and Michael is convicted of the crime. Locked away in Texas prisons for a quarter century, he has years to ponder questions of justice and innocence, truth and fate. Though he is virtually invisible to society, a team of dedicated attorneys spends years fighting for the right to test DNA evidence found at the murder scene. Their discoveries ultimately reveal that the price of a wrongful conviction goes well beyond one man’s loss of freedom.

Director: Al Reinert

Executive Producer: Clark & Jesse Lyda, Nellie Gonzalez

Producer: Marcy Garriott, John Dean, Al Reinert

Cinematographer: Levie Isaacks

Editor: John Aldrich, Jason Wehling

Sound Designer: Wayne Bell

Music: Chuck Pinnell & Rich Brotherton

Additional Credits: Executive Producer: Beverly Reeves, Executive Producer: J. Stephen Martin, Executive Producer: Kent Schaffer, Executive Producer: Chris Mattsson, Executive Producer: Jim Embree


Al Reinert is a two-time Academy Award nominee as a documentary filmmaker ("For All Mankind") and as a screenwriter ("Apollo 13"). His previous documentary was a double-winner at the Sundance Film Festival and received accolades and awards at festivals from Tokyo and Sydney to London and Vienna.

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Marcy Garriott
La Sonrisa Productions