INCENDIARY documents the story of Cameron Todd Willingham, whose three daughters died in a Corsicana, Texas house fire. Convicted largely on faulty arson evidence, Willingham was sentenced to death for the murder of his children. Despite overwhelming expert criticism of the prosecution’s “junk science,” he was executed in 2004. Subsequent investigations of the case landed the Willingham issue in a national spotlight made brighter and more intense by the presidential campaign of Texas governor Rick Perry. The film focuses on the science available to our criminal justice system and how its interpretation is often determined by jurisdiction, politics and personalities.
The film was co-directed by Steve Mims and Joe Bailey, Jr, both of Austin, Texas.
Winner of the 2012 Innocence Network Journalism Award and the 2011 Louis Black South by Southwest Award, INCENDIARY garnered wide critical acclaim. Anne Hornaday of the Washington Post wrote: “Nonfiction filmmaking at its most classic. Crime, punishment, morality and hardball politics make for an explosive narrative mix all their own.” “Alarming viewing for anyone who cares about the American justice system,” wrote Sheri Linden of the Los Angeles Times. Art Levine of the Huffington Post called “Incendiary”: “A gripping, visually stunning indictment of a miscarriage of justice as great as that chronicled in Errol Morris’s groundbreaking THE THIN BLUE LINE.”
‘Incendiary: The Willingham Case’ is available for rental or purchase on Apple’s iTunes store and on DVD via incendiarymovie.com.
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