John Dean's Documentary Now Showing on CNN

An Unreal DreamReading our blog last May about John Dean and "An Unreal Dream: The Michael Morton Story" may have whetted your appetite to see the documentary, which tells the story of an innocent man convicted of the murder of his wife. Now's your chance: "An Unreal Dream" premiered on CNN Films this past Sunday; an encore showing is scheduled for this weekend, on Saturday, Dec. 14, at 9 p.m.

John, a member of Washington and Lee's Class of 1976, is one of the documentary's co-producers and co-writers. He occasionally teaches a course at W&L on screenwriting.

"In 1986 Michael Morton's wife Christine is brutally murdered in front of their only child, and Michael is convicted of the crime," reads the film's synopsis. "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."

See anunrealdream.com for more info. Come January, February and March 2014, a short version will air on the Discovery Channel.

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