Includes a conversation with director Edward Zwick
Film Independent Presents – in partnership with KCRW
Trial by Fire is the true Texas story of the unlikely bond between an imprisoned death row inmate (Jack O’Connell) and a mother of two from Houston (Laura Dern) who, though facing staggering odds, fights mightily for his freedom. Cameron Todd Willingham, a poor, uneducated heavy metal devotee with a violent streak and a criminal record, is convicted of arson-related triple homicide in 1992. During his 12 years on death row, Elizabeth Gilbert, an improbable ally, uncovers questionable methods and illogical conclusions in his case, and battles with the state to expose suppressed evidence that could save him. Her efforts ultimately fail and, since Willingham’s execution, the disturbing question remains: Did Texas execute an innocent man?
2019, 127 minutes, color, DCP | Written by Geoffrey Fletcher; directed by Edward Zwick; with Laura Dern, Jack O’Connell, Emily Meade, Chris Coy, Jeff Perry, Mckinley Belcher III
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