About the Film

Guilty Until Proven Guilty explores Louisiana’s criminal justice system through the story of Tim Conerly, a young African-American man who was arrested and imprisoned for a crime he says he did not commit. After waiting more than two years in the Orleans Parish Jail, Conerly must choose between accepting a plea bargain of seven years or risking a sentence of 49½  to 198 years if he is convicted at trial. “It’s a choice that no human being should have to make, and that someone with more resources almost certainly could have avoided,” says director Harry Moses.

The Director

Harry Moses has spent his career making documentaries that have played on all the major networks as well as HBO, Showtime, History and the BBC. Among the movies he wrote and directed for television are The Trial of Bernhard Goetz for PBS, which The New York Times called “the year’s best docudrama,” and Assault at West Point, starring Samuel L. Jackson and Sam Waterston, about the court-martial of black cadet Johnson Whitaker at West Point in 1881.

Prior to forming his company, The Mosaic Group, Inc., Harry Moses worked for CBS News, where he wrote, directed and produced almost 100 stories for 60 Minutes and supervised an investigative unit for The CBS Evening News. Moses is the recipient of Emmy, Peabody, and Directors Guild of America awards, as well as a Lifetime Achievement citation from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for his work on 60 Minutes.

The Composer

Terence Blanchard has established himself as one of the most influential jazz musicians and film score masters of his generation. With more than 30 albums to his credit, as a musician Blanchard is a multi-Grammy Award winner and nominee.

As a film composer, Blanchard has more than 50 scores to his credit, most recently, Spike Lee’s “BlacKkKlansman,” and Kevin Costner’s “Black or White.” He received a Golden Globe nomination for Spike Lee’s “25th Hour.”

As a guest lecturer and artist in residence at the Berklee College of Music, Blanchard works with students in the areas of artistic development, arranging, and composition. Blanchard is also the creative director for jazz concert programming at the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. He participates in master classes around the world as well as local community outreach activities in his beloved hometown of New Orleans.

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This film was supported by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation