Video Interview: CONVICTION director Tony Goldwyn and the real life Betty Anne Waters

Gwen Reyes

by: Gwen Reyes
October 22nd, 2010

Telling tragic stories is common in cinema. But making a seemingly tragic story relative, commendable, and hopeful is a skill many filmmakers struggle to master throughout their careers. Tony Goldwyn (GHOST) may have gotten his start in Hollywood as an actor, however in the past decade he has carved out a name for himself as a well-respected director.

His most recent film CONVICTION starring Sam Rockwell (MOON, IRON MAN 2) and Academy Award winner Hilary Swank (BOYS DON'T CRY, MILLION DOLLAR BABY) tells the story of Betty Anne Waters, who spent 18 years trying to get her wrongly-convicted brother Kenny out of jail for a murder he did not commit. The movie is stunning and Goldwyn weaves the web so brilliantly that at times both the audience and Betty Anne question Kenny's innocence.

Below Goldwyn and the real Betty Anne delve deeper into this harrowing story, and shed some much-needed light on the Innocence Project--the organization which helped Betty Anne fight for her brother's freedom.

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